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KMS track and field team wins 66 medals at P & R

            KEAAU TRACK MEET                  Feb 25, 2012

 Girls Pee Wee

Kaylee Marques  1st standing long jump, 1st 50, 2nd 70

 Girls Midgets

Jaysha Pavao  1st 400, 1st 4×50     Coraleen Quilinderino 1st standing long jump, 1st 4×50

Jaredy Salle  1st 4×50                                      Kailee Sibayan-Santiago  1st 4×50

 Junior Girls

Chantel Carlos  3rd 200, 3rd 4×100                       Narizza Saladino  3rd high jump,  1st 4×50

Ruby Galapon  1st high jump, 1st 4×50                  Kanoe Cabanlet   2nd high jump, 1st 4×50

Tawnee Respicio  2nd 200,  3rd 4×100                       Tianna Celis  3rd 4×100

Kimiko Johnny  3rd 4×100                                               Diana Doan   2nd 4×50

Jessica Andres  2nd 4×50                                         Kyla Andres   2nd 4×50

Sheann Belmes  1st 4×50                                           Gretchen Padamada  2nd 4×50

Intermediate Girls

Audra Payne   2nd high jump, 2nd 1200, 1st 4×200               Gerenel Galves   1st high jump, 1st 4×200

Maria Calso   2nd shot put, 1st 4×200                          Eve Paguirigan   1st 4×200                                                                                       

  Girls Medals 33               

 BOYS Midgets

Rhodney Hernando   1st 100,  2nd 200                            Kalena Nihipali   2nd softball throw,  3rd 50

Jake Cambia   2nd standing long jump                               Albert Zuniga  1st standing long jump

 Junior Boys                          

Jo Joe Villa  1st high jump, 3rd 100, 1st 4×100                   BoysMedals33                                                                                                                                      

Christian Batad   2nd high jump, 2nd 100, 1st 4×100

Dallan Oandasan  1st shot put, 1st discus,   1st 4×100

Kolby Gebin   1st 100, 1st 4×100              Kyle Rice   1st 800, 1st 4×50

Kayden Souza   1st 4×50                                Bronson Pili   1st 4×50

Joseph MacDonald   2nd shot put, 2nd discus, 1st 4×50

Greyson Haskell  3rd 400,  3rd 800              David Pinyerd  3rd high jump, 2nd 800, 1st 1200

 Intermediate Boys

Paxton Rhyss   3rd high jump, 1st 4×100                                              Joshua Quero-Ondo  1st 4×100                                                                       

Reynaldo Arcellana   1st 4×100                                                                Charles Caldwell-Kaai   1st 4×100  

KMS Team wins   Total 66 Medals,   Kudos to Coach Randee Arkin Joseph, also known as ‘Mrs Big Dog’


March 2, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

BIIF Girls Volleyball – Blue Division Team Standings as of Sept 19, 2011

Cougar girls Volleyball team with favorite middle school P E teacher, Randee Arkin Joseph

Standings, BIIF girls Volleyball    Blue Division

1)   Hawaii Prep 5-1     

2)   Hilo 5-1

3)   Kamehameha 5-1  

4)   Waiakea 4-2

5)  Keaau3-3               

6)    Pahoa 2-4

7)     Honokaa 0-6

8)     Laupahoehoe 0-6

September 20, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , | 2 Comments

Keaau Cross Country Team Ready for Kamehameha Invitational

Keaau boys cross country

The Keaau boys cross country team posed for a photo at Hawaii Prep to say hi to their favorite Middle School physical education teacher, Mrs. Randee Arkin Joseph.

Keaau has a large squad coached by long time veteran distance runner, Mrs. Donna Wong Yuen and assistant Coach Greg Lum Ho.

This weekend the Cougars will run at Kamehameha in the Warriors Invitational Meet which starts at 10 am

Four races are on tap starting with the boys open.

click photo to enlarge

September 9, 2011 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Losing Weight with Pizza in Coral Springs, Florida

CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA – Lose 20 pounds with Pizza doesn’t sound possible, but here in Broward County there is one man that dropped the weight.

Lou Pizza

    My wife Randee and I are here in the Sunshine State and we are always surprised to meet a variety of people, mostly seniors who are active retirees.

While Randee enjoys shopping in the Coral Springs Mall I decided to walk laps around the mall.  I noticed the same senior going from one end to the other.  Curiosity got the best of me and I had to find out who this man was.

Turns out this 74 year old, youngster has been living in Florida for the past 36 years after moving from Newark, New Jersey.

“Things started getting bad, economically, in Newark over a period  of years that I wasn’t able to buy my own house so I decided to move down here where housing was relatively inexpensive,” he said.

Come to find out I was talking with a Pizza man, whose name is, no pun intended, Lou Pizza.

“I’ve always had problems with my name,” he said.  “It became so bad that I needed to be unlisted in the phone book as I would get calls at all times of the day and night from people wanting to place their order.”

Pizza worked 20 years at a bank in Jersey and another 17 years in the Broward School District as a maintenance man before going into semi retirement.

“I was working in an elementary school from grades K through 5 and the kids loved me, especially because of my name,” he said.  “They would come running up to me and say, we’re going to eat you up.”

Pizza lives up to his name as he eats one each week and says that his weakness is his love for Italian food, especially the breads and pastas.

“My diet led to my being diagnosed with high blood pressure and cholesterol and for many years my doctor tried to convince me to exercise more and take better care of what I eat,” Pizza said.

Pizza now walks six times per week around the inside of the Coral Springs Mall anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour each time and the results were amazing.

“I lost 20 pounds and the doctor said if I lose another 10 pounds I could get off all my medications,” Pizza said.  “I’ve already had my meds reduced and I hate taking them, so I am motivated to lose those extra pounds.”

In the process of losing those 20 pounds he has gone from a size 40 inch waist to his current 37”.

“I feel a lot better now that the weight is down and I can now see the value of doing a regular walking routine,” he said.

Pizza has increased his intake of fruits and vegetables each day and he has limited the amount of potatoes that he eats.

“I now look at the way food is processed and I’m careful with the amount of processed foods that I eat,” he said.

On this day at the mall Pizza invited Randee and me to his home in Tamarac to see his collection of plates and LP records.

“I’ve been collecting plates since 1960,” he said.  “I have collected all 50 states plates as well as movie stars and historical plates and have over 200 mounted on the wall.”

Pizza also opened a closet door where he had catalogued over 3,000 records with everything from opera to show tunes.

“I have no idea what this collection is worth, but it’s in the thousands,” he said.

It’s obvious that Pizza’s home is a treasure house of old memorabilia and almost every inch of wall space is taken.

“I can’t collect anything anymore as I don’t have any room left,” he said with a chuckle.  “I also can’t think about moving as it would be almost impossible to get everything out of here and into a different house.”

Interesting enough is that this 74 year old man has only lived in four different houses in his entire life.

Besides taking better care of his health over the past year, Pizza also tries to take care of his neighbors.  He will drive some of the elderly to their doctor appointments or to do their shopping.

“I try to make myself available to help the people around me as I’m fortunate enough to still have very good driving skills at my age.

Pizza will take care of four cars for ‘snow birds’ that come down from New York to spend the winters in Florida.

“They’ll fly me up to New York to drive their cars down to Florida during the winter, then I’ll drive their cars back to the New York during late spring and they’ll fly me back home to Florida.

The one way drive is 1,500 miles and Pizza will take two days to drive each vehicle in each direction.

“I like to drive and I enjoy helping my neighbors,” he said.  “If I can continue to take care of my health I’ll be able to do those things for many years to come.”

And someday should you happen to see a happy, health senior citizen running around, Florida, New York, and Central Europe remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

June 13, 2011 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Making Healthy New Year Resolutions

We’re almost done with 2010 and I can honestly say I am looking forward to 2011.  Health wise 2010 was one of the most difficult for me as I was hampered by a variety of age related problems.

I probably spent more time in the hospital this past year than I have in my entire 63 years.

I’ve been told that my electrical wiring has malfunctioned which created a few unexpected problems, the biggest coming with atrial fibrillation/flutter where my heart would get stuck at 140 beats per minute and not return to a normal rhythm.

Hilo Hospital performed a couple of electrical cardio versions to get the heart rate pumping normally, but it would return to abnormal levels following long runs or stressful situations.

This led to several months of sleepless nights and not being able to run, but I continued to walk to maintain my healthy weight.  And walk I did, seven miles a day at a brisk 15 minute per mile pace.

On Nov. 2nd I returned to Straub Hospital on Oahu for my second ablation with Dr. Hingson Chun and have now slowly begun the process of rebuilding my endurance so that I can once again run.

I know 2011 will be the best year ever for me because with all those elevens, I was born on 11/11, and married on 1/11 so 2011 will have significance and “will be my best year ever” according to my wife, Randee.

I have a simple resolution going into the New Year and that is to be able to run my first 5K (3.1 miles) race without walking.  I don’t care what time I do it in as long as I am able to jog the entire distance without pausing due to loss of breath.

Jan. 1, 2011 I will be at Coconut Island to host and run in the New Year’s Day Resolution Run/Walk which begins at 9 am.  The public is invited and all you need to do is sign in and be willing to have some fun.

Following the event Big Dog Productions will provide snacks and Keith Aoki from Anheuser-Busch will provide Vidration Sports Drinks, while supplies last.

The great thing about announcing Resolutions is that the chances of achieving a positive outcome is much higher than if you kept your resolution to yourself because you have others watching to see if you can conquer your dream. 

Doc Morita

Hilo Internist, Dr. Aaron Morita, had the following health and fitness resolutions for the upcoming New Year.

“My health related resolutions for 2011:  Eat less and more wisely.  Lose another 5 to 7 pounds so I can run better with less load on my legs and manage my metabolic risk factors with minimal or no medications for many more years, Doc Morita said.

“I’d like to work at managing stress better as our government, Medicare and health insurances in general are making it more and more difficult to practice medicine by having to follow oodles more regulations that make it harder (more red tape) to provide timely evaluation and management services to patients while at the same time avoiding financial hardships or trouble to the very complex business of medicine,” Morita said. 

Pete Hoffman

Hawaii County Council, Vice Chair, Pete Hoffmann just completed his 29th Honolulu Marathon a few weeks ago also has a resolution for 2011.

“For me, I intend to make certain that I complete at least one 13 mile run each month during the New Year,” Hoffmann said.  “I’ve never been able to do that, but I feel I must get out of the comfortable rut in which I usually find myself and at my age I must do better.”

Hoffmann has promised himself to do at least one more marathon to reach number 30.

“My wife is threatening divorce if I go beyond doing my 30th Honolulu Marathon,” Hoffmann said with a grin.  “Someone needs to remind me why I like this insanity.”

Jerry Chang

For State House Representative Jerry Chang his healthy resolution is a simple one.

“I’d like to run 3 miles at least four times per week,” Chang said.  “I would also like to cut down on oily foods while increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables that I eat.”

Making resolutions that are realistic are important and provide us with a reachable goal as well as a measuring stick into our progress.

Howard Ainsely

Howard Ainsley, Hilo Medical Center CEO, had the following resolution:

“My resolution for 2011 is to be more consistent in my wellness plan of improved health and life balance,” Ainsley said.  “I want to be more disciplined in workouts (tennis, body boarding, cycling), explore more of beautiful Hawaii with my wife, reduce my body fat while increasing stamina and endurance, make application for doctoral program, and to assist people in need without asking anything in return.”

Ainsley is also hoping to bring a greater value to the Hilo Medical Center team of employees and physicians as they try to improve and grow health care resources and outreach for our community.

Howard Ainsley, Pete Hoffmann, Aaron Morita, Jerry Chang and I are all looking to make positive contributions in a New Year that brings with it the opportunity of hope and the promise of knowing that all things are possible.

There is always room for improvement from being more patient with your children or more loving towards your spouse, positive change at a higher level is within our reach.

“Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man (person),” Benjamin Franklin wrote.

If you’re looking at starting the New Year out in a healthy way then join us at 9 am in the parking area of Coconut Island on Jan 1st and let’s do as much as we are capable of doing with like minded people.

And someday should you happen to see a jogger trying to make the most of life’s blessings remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

Email the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

December 27, 2010 Posted by | Events, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments