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Big Island Sports Hall of Fame induction set for August 21

12th induction class of 2010 – Harold “Russian” Furtado, Hamilton Manley, Mo Mathews, Richard Nakano, Bo Saiki, Manny Veincent, Ruth Walker


The Big Island Sports Hall of Fame announced the inductees for the 13th class into the Wall of Fame.

Selected were:

Sam Alameda, Sr. – basketball and Manager of the Waiakea Boxing Club

Dennis Asuncion (deceased) – Boxing, Coach and Official

Olizario Galo Fernandez – Basketball, Baseball and Coach

Robert Fitzgerald – Football and Baseball

Charles Ikeda – Basketball, Coach and Recreational Leader for Youth Organizations

John Clifford Kekua, Jr. (deceased) Canoe Paddling and Coach

Stephen L. Perry – Athletic Director, Coach, State Athletic Golf Coordinator

The BIGHF selection committee chair, Derek Shigematsu, announced the selections on Tuesday.

“We had many fine nominees who had years of community involvement in their respective sports,” Shigematsu said.  “It was a difficult decision.”

The BISHF will have a ceremony at the Wall of Fame at the Prince Kuhio Mall on August 21 at 10:30 am.

“We will introduce the seven and display their photos to the wall,” Shigematsu said.  “We are hoping past inductees and the general public will come out to support the newly inducted honorees.”

Following the Wall dedication the ceremony will move to a luncheon at the Nani Mau Gardens at noon were a formal ceremony will take place.

For those interested in attending the luncheon the cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under

Seating is limited to 125 people and as of August 6 sixty percent of the tickets have been sold.

Tickets may only be purchased in advance by calling Ellsworth Fontes at 935-5519.

The late Jack Matsui was the founder of the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame.






August 15, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kaai Lincoln staying fit and Combat Ready

Troy Kaai Lincoln

Much positive praise can and should be given to our combat troops who, from time to time, are asked to put themselves in harm’s way.

To be ‘combat ready’ requires our men and women to constantly stay healthy and fit in order to best prepare for dangerous situations, should they arise.

One such person is Troy ‘Kaai’ Lincoln who serves, full time, in the Hawaii Army National Guard.

“I am a fourth generation soldier and proudly serve our country as a Standardization Instructor Pilot for UH-60L/M Blackhawks,” Lincoln said.

Lincoln, a CW2 officer assigned to C 1/207th Aviation Regiment, attended Hawaii Preparatory Academy during his middle and high school years.

In Waimea Lincoln became interested in fitness and sports participation when he played on a championship AYSO during his 7th and 8th grade years.  It was during those middle school years that Lincoln also became introduced to Karate under the instruction of Big Island Sports Hall of Fame inductee Sensei Richard Nakano.

During high school Lincoln played varsity football, ran track and wrestled.  “Wrestling continues to be a passion of mine although I no longer compete,” he said. 

Ironically Lincoln stumbled upon wrestling as a result of being cut from the Ka Makani soccer team.

“Wrestling’s grueling workouts helped me get through my military training and schools.  To this day, I laugh at the diverging paths life sometimes takes us on,” he said.

Today, at age 39, Lincoln is healthy and fit and, yes, ‘combat ready.’

“I work in a high risk environment where I am habitually exposed to a full spectrum of threats,” Lincoln said.  “Fitness gives me the confidence to know that if the situation goes sideways, I can get myself out of it.”

To stay in shape Lincoln will maintain a constantly varied workout routine that is functional in movements and executed at a high intensity.

“In a nutshell, every workout is different, but they are pulled from three disciplines of metabolic conditioning, or cardio, gymnastics, and Olympic lifting,” he said.

Typically Lincoln will follow a format that consist of warming up and stretching followed by parallette work, jumping rope (double under) and a strength portion that includes dead lifting, shoulder presses, squats, and ending with a metabolic conditioning period and stretching.

“Most of my workouts are done within one hour,” Lincoln said.  “I’ll do five rounds for time with 275 pound Dead lifts, at five reps along with ten Burpees.”

Lincoln will also complete 32 intervals of 20 seconds of work followed by ten seconds of rest where the first eight intervals are pull-ups, the second eight are push-ups, the third eight intervals are sit-ups, and finally the last eight intervals are squats.

“I’ll also do time trials on certain days starting with a mile run, followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and finishing with another mile run,” he said.  “But those workouts are an example of the types of workout combinations I have done and not a regular part of my routine.”

Lincoln varies each workout each day over a 60 day period before revisiting the same workout again.

Fitness conditioning for Lincoln doesn’t stop at the gym as he is also very careful with what he eats.

“I am pretty religious about what I eat.  Most of my diet includes whole foods, meats, fish, poultry, lots and lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds,” he said.

Lincoln has either eliminated or reduced his consumption of high glycemic foods such as starches, pastas, breads and the like.

“I don’t drink alcohol or smoke and I subscribe somewhere in between the zone diet by Barry Sears and the Paleolithic diets,” Lincoln said.

The helicopter pilot will also drink lots of water, no soda or little to no fruit juices. 

“I have found that the nutritional base is the foundation of any true fitness program and without proper nutrition, no matter what the fitness level, it is bound to plateau,” he said.

At the peak of his health and fitness level this near middle aged soldier continues to push the envelope in order to continue to increase his physical abilities.

“I want to continually increase the ten general physical skills most important to me which includes cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, strength, stamina, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, balance, accuracy and agility,” Lincoln said.

Lincoln measures himself against past workouts and tries to set new person records each time. 

“So far I have been able to set Personal Records on each of the workouts I have revisited.  I think it is a testament to the efficacy of the program I utilize in order to develop high levels of fitness,” he said.

This combat veteran who has had deployments to Iraq and Central America continues to demonstrate the highest level of preparedness in a job that is both demanding and high risk.

“I have a very strong family ethic.  Spending time with my family is critical to me especially since I work in an environment that is dangerous and unpredictable,” Lincoln said.

The Big Dog would like to extend a big Mahalo to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country.  Kaai Lincoln is one of the many fine soldiers that make sacrifices daily to our community.

And someday should you happen to see a Vietnam Veteran jogging through the streets of East Hawaii remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

Email the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

October 4, 2010 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Seven New Inductees to Big Island Sports Hall of Fame

New class of 7 added to 114 on the Sports Wall of Fame

The seven people being inducted are Richard Nakano, Karate; Mo Mathews, swimming; Harold “Russian” Furtado, track & field;   Manny Veincent, outrigger canoe paddling;  Ruth E.K. Walker, Aikido; Hamilton Manley, basketball;  and Francis “Bo” Saiki, baseball/softball.

Photo to left, from L to R:

Mo Mathews, Marisa Manley, Bo Saiki, Russian Furtado’s wife, Richard Nakano, Manny Viencent, Ruth E.K. Walker

Photo on left by Jaclynn Joseph and right by Rick Ogata

August 27, 2010 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Dog’s 5K Run/Walk Kicks Off Sports Hall of Fame Day

5K winners Kaylene Peric and Keoni Ucker

Sunday, August 22, was proclaimed by Hawaii Island Mayor Billy Kenoi as Big Island Sports Hall of Fame Day. 

A trio of events highlighted the day in which tribute was paid to those who have been inducted and those to be inducted into the BISHF.

The morning started out with a 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk with the start and finish line in the parking area of Moku Ola.

University of Hawaii cross country coach, Jaime Guerpo, was on hand along with a group of Vulcan harriers which used the event as a preseason tune up.

 “This race is a good measuring stick to see where my runners are at and whether or not they have been training during the off season,” Guerpo said.

Leading the way for most of the race was UHH star and former Christian Liberty Academy harrier, Keoni Ucker, who made Coach Guerpo proud.  Ucker was challenged during the first half-mile of the race by teammate Zach Johnson.

“I had not been training as much as I wanted to during the summer,” Ucker said after the race.  “I don’t want to peak to early prior to the season and I’m satisfied where I’m at right now.”

Ucker won the race with a finishing time of 16 minutes and 11 seconds, nearly a full minute ahead of Johnson who clocked in at 17:08.

UHH had seven men and five women racing as they swept most of the top spots in the overall race results.  Former CLA and UHH standout Justin Pang took third, 17:11; Andrew Holbrook, 17:13; and Scott Hunter was fifth in 17:23.

Hunter runs track and field for Central Washington University where he competes in the pole vault and decathlon events.  On Saturday the former Hilo High grad won the Rain Forest Funs 5K in 18 minutes.

For the women it was UHH tennis player, Kaylene Peric, finishing 19th overall, while taking first for the ladies division in 20:25.

“I’m originally from Michigan, but I’ve been attending UHH and study in the pharmacy department,” Peric said.  “I don’t really race, but I like to run and today I just wanted to see what I could do.”

Peric plans on being a walk on for the Vulcan’s cross-country team this year as she finds the flexibility afforded her in the team’s practice schedule is more conducive to her school schedule.

Following Peric for the women was Kirsta Andrew, 21:22; Nina Hagemann, 21:45; Lory Hunter, 21:48; and Melissa Braswell in 22:21.

The youngest member of the group was 8 year old Romeo Tebelan from Kalanianaole Elementary School who traversed the course in 38:26.

Marisa and Harlina Manley

Also on hand were family members of the late Hamilton Manley, a basketball legend who was later in the day to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.

“My dad always used to have us involved in a variety of 5K and 10K running events,” Harlina Manley said.  “My daughter, Brittany, and I flew in from California to be part of my dad’s induction into the Sports Hall of Fame.”

“We used to do races together as a family including the Saddle Road Relay,” Marisa Manley, widow of Hamilton said.  “Today brought back some emotional moments for us as we feel connected with Hamilton through doing these races.”

Hamilton Manley’s sons, Isaac who lives on the Big Island, and Harlan from Oregon, also were part of the day’s events honoring a man that gave so much to his family and community.

Later in the morning the venue moved to Prince Kuhio Plaza where seven new members joined the already 114 previously selected individual Big Island sports heros. 

The seven people that were inducted into the BISHF 12th class were Richard Nakano, Karate; Mo Mathews, swimming; Harold “Russian” Furtado, track & field;   Manny Veincent, outrigger canoe paddling;  Ruth E.K. Walker, Aikido; Hamilton Manley, basketball;  and Francis “Bo” Saiki, baseball/softball.

The BISHF day concluded with a luncheon at the Nani Mau Gardens where county and state proclamations were given out, along with individualized plaques.

Related Post with race summary and photos at:  http://bigislandrunningcompany.com/Big_Island_Running_Company/Blog.html

August 23, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Big Island Sports Hall of Fame 5K run/walk on Aug. 22

Big Dog will host a Free 5K run/walk on Sunday, Aug. 22

August 22 is Big Island Sports Hall of Fame Day

The Big Island Sports Hall of Fame will induct seven members into its 12th class with a trio of events on Sunday, August 22.

That day has been proclaimed by Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi as “Big Island Sports Hall of Fame Day.”

The day kicks off with the Big Dog’s Sports Hall of Fame 5K (3.1-mile) run/walk starting at 7:30 am from the entrance to the Moku Ola (Coconut Island) parking area.  The event is free and open to the public.  Contact the Big Dog at 969-7400 for more information.

The seven people being inducted are Richard Nakano, Karate; Mo Mathews, swimming; Harold “Russian” Furtado, track & field;   Manny Veincent, outrigger canoe paddling;  Ruth E.K. Walker, Aikido; Hamilton Manley, basketball;  and Francis “Bo” Saiki, baseball/softball.

The BISHF will hold a photo unveiling at the Prince Kuhio Plaza on at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon at the Nani Mau Gardens at noon. 

Luncheon tickets are now on sale to the general public with limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under.  For more information on obtaining luncheon tickets contact Ellsworth Fontes at 935-5519 or at Ellsworth Custom Cycles at 969 Kinoole Street.

August 18, 2010 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment