Sunday, November 16, 2014

13th Annual Kelvin Mori Memorial Judo Tournament Salt Lake District Park

Today at Salt Lake District Park Gym, the 13th Annual Kelvin Mori Memorial Judo Tournament took place along with special guests of the 442nd RCT. Left to right (above) Kazuo Tomasa,  Medical Detachment, retired LikeLike School Teacher; Pvt. First Class Shiroku W. Yamamoto, Anti-Tank Company, retired from Aloha Airlines; and Tech Sgt. William Yoshita Thompson, President 442 Veterans Club Honolulu.

Natalie Roy, Executive Secretary 50th State Judo Association and Head Instructor, Aiea Hongwanji Judo Club related today's event was honoring Kelvin Mori who past on 13 years ago.  He was an instructor at Waipahu PAL, and he actually ran all the PAL Judo clubs in Hawaii.  Today, his best friend Jason Kanekuni, Head Instructor at the Wadokan Judo Club is hosting the event with Master of Ceremonies Kevin Funasaki (photo left).  Video "click here." Photos "click here."

Friday, October 24, 2014

Moanalua Na Menehune Girls Volleyball takes the OIA Division-1 Championship

What a game between the Moanalua Na Menehune Girls and the Kapolei Hurricane 2014 OIA Division One Girls Volleyball Championship held at McKinley High School Gym.  The Na Menehune defeated Nanakuli to advance to tonight's game, determined to "do or die."  Na Menehune took the first two sets (25-16, 25-20) and just when your think it was over, hold on to your hats, Kapolei came roaring back like a hurricane and blew away the next two sets (25-20, 25-23).  Into the 5th set, Kapolei took the lead 3-0, Moanalua came back 1-4 and then it was a roller coaster ride 10-10, 12-12, 12-13, and finally Na Menehune, Jojo Kruize and Lia Gaogao said enough is enough, and held off the Hurricanes to end the game 15-13 for the title and the 2014 OIA Division One Championship.

The New City Nissan HHSAA D-1 Semifinals, KS-Kapalama vs Kapolei ended KS-Kapalama win over Kapolei, 25-12, 25-14, 25-11.  Moanalua vs Punahou ended with a win by Punahou, 25-19, 25-18, 23-25, 25-18. As for the HHSAA D-1 Championship, Punahou took the 2014 New City Nissan Championship over KS-Kapalama, 25-21, 25-15, 20-25, 25-21. OIA Game Photos "click here," Video highlights "click here." Semifinals Moanalua vs Punahou "click here."

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Honolulu International Airport "2014 Triennial Aircraft Disaster Exercise"

Today at the Honolulu International Airport there was an explosion and an aircraft down, but this was all an exercise.
 The FAA requires a full scale demonstration of the emergency plan every three years of those airports certified under 14 CFR part 139.  This excerpt of FAA Advisory Circular 150/5200-31A (e) states:

Full Scale Exercise - The full scale exercise is the most comprehensive test and is intended to evaluate the operation capability of the emergency management system in a stress environment with actual mobilization and response capability.  It uses all the resources and requires reaction from equipment and personnel that would normally be available if the exercise were an actual emergency.  The FAA requires a full scale demonstration of the emergency plan every three years of those airports certified under 14 CFR part 139.

The full scale demonstration requires a simulated emergency, as it would in an actual aircraft disaster, for full certificated airports commensurate with the index of the airport, to ensure that all personnel having duties and responsibilities under the plan are familiar with assignments and are properly trained. Video and Photos - "Click Here"  All Video and Photos are 2014 Copyright.

Friday, October 3, 2014

LVSSA / SSUSA World Master Championship Las Vegas Nevada Men's 60+ AA Division

506 Teams participated in the 2014 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championship held at - Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada.  The age groups were from the Men's and Women's 40's to Men's 85 AAA. There are several Softball Complexes where the games are held.  I followed three of our local teams, "Fresh Poke" from Maui with 3 players from Kauai, "Makua Alii" from Oahu and "Family Stones (photo above) 60's" participating in the Mens 60+ AA Division.

I spoke to one of the the Team Manager, "Fresh Poke" Mark Daniels from Maui about this year's 2014 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championship, he said "most of us are from Maui and have played together for a while, we have been back and forth to these tournaments within the last 10 years.  Four times we have come in 2nd place, but we're hanging in there."

"Last year we didn't do that hot, but we're back here one more time to see how it works out.  Most of my players are from Maui, three are from Kauai and one from Oahu.  Most are from Maui.  We all know each other for years and we just got together came up here to come and play.  So far we have been hanging in there and this year, hopefully we can win it.  Our team in Maui won the 2014 Tournament, so right now we're just trying to carry over and go from there." More information on the 2014 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championship "click here." Video and photos, "click here."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Alyson Rod and Her Fight Against Cancer "Spike For A Cause Moanalua vs Iolani"

Alyson Rod who teaches at Moanalua High School grades 9-12, was diagnosed with stomach cancer this past summer. She said they found a tumor and had her stomach removed, and just started chemotherapy a month ago.

"This isn't the first time, when I was 11 years old in elementary school, I had bone cancer in my knees, but that was completely a different type of cancer and went through a lot of chemotherapy and surgery. The one on my knee was called Osteosarcoma, that was in 2002 and it hasn't come back. This stomach cancer is a new one and an unrelated cancer."

I asked Alyson how she's dealing with this. She replied, "I'm just taking this one day at a time. I'm not trying to think too hard about it. I have a lot of support from my family and supporters so that's kinda helping me deal with it."

"As for our Moanalua girls volleyball and their support, the one surprising thing is knowing how so many people want to help and show that they're there for you. I guess the girls volleyball team is doing this as a way to help support and show that they're there for me."

"In closing, I'm so moved that they want to do this for me and it's really overwhelming that these people I know and strangers are out there wanting to help out."

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, there will be a special event for Alyson Rod at the Moanalua High School Gym, "Spike For A Cause" rallying together to beat cancer.  Moanalua vs Iolani at 5:00 PM. Entrance Fee $5.00 Shirts $10.00. C'mon down and help support a great cause.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

HFD Helicopter Lands on Moanalua High School Baseball Field, Why? Unknown.

What a surprise at Moanalua High School GIrls Volleyball game on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.  All the spectators were taking a break after the JV Girls Volleyball vs. Roosevelt game while the Varsity team was warming up when all of a sudden you could hear a loud roaring sound coming from the south side of the gym.  The next thing you know, a dirt storm and dust blew in through the gym's vents and louvers that filled the gym and covered the bleachers and spectators. Some of the spectators ran out of the gym, and others were just mystified about what the heck was going on.

Outside on the south side of the gym approximately 50 feet from the gym was a HFD helicopter that landed (photo above) on or about 7:47pm on the baseball field.  It stirred up dirt, debris and dust into the gym and created a mess.  The OC16 crew also happened to be in attendance doing a live broadcast.  No one had any idea as to why the HFD helicopter landed. A source from the Honolulu International Airport (TWR) reported no record of any helicopter landing at Moanalua High School.

I was told that Athletic Director Mr. Joel Kawachi related that the baseball field is in the process of having a sprinkler system installed and grass planted on the outfield. Cinders, a necessity for the playing surface on the infield was blown into areas where it shouldn't be, not to mention a great deal of dirt was kicked up.  That evening, the court had to be mopped for safety of the players which delayed the game. In addition, the entire gym will have to have a Hiclean of the gym floors, bleachers, basketball backboards, banners, scoreboards and other flat surfaces. Video "click here."

Sunday, July 20, 2014

2014 AAU West Coast "CHAMPIONS" The Eastsidaz Girls Basketball Team

Asked how this all got started, basketball Head Coach Simon Bitanga from Kaiser High School recalls it all started back in 2000 with only 10 girls along with his eldest daughter Keely Bitanga. "It went on for about two years and a whole bunch of siblings and little girls from Hawaii-Kai watched us play for the championship semi-finals and the championship, both vs. Texas in the MJB Tournament and we beat both of them.  After the game the girls were interested in playing and I told them come show up on Monday and the rest is history and now I have over two hundred girls from ages 5-18 and keeps growing."
In 2007 Bitanga recalls taking National Champs girls 12 and under with his youngest daughter Micaela Bitanga, Kiana Naki, Klien Masutani, Lia Galderia, Dawnyelle Awa from Kona, Celeste Tsutahara, Taryn Achong, Megan Kinoshita, and Ciera Pacheco.  "It was a great accomplishment for us just to win a National Championship from Hawaii and won a total of 12 in different age groups that same year."
As for this year, Coach Bitanga's expectation is always to win.  "But we'll always be out sized, out matched, but our girls never give up. We pressure about the whole game and that's our bread and butter and if we can do that and be successful with that, then we always got a shot and today in Las Vegas, his 8th Graders pulled through even though they were behind by 15 points (chicken skin to the max), but with the "soft spoken" coach Simon, his encouragement must have made a difference by taking the 2014 AAU West Coast National "Champions," followed by his JV 2nd Place, Varsity 4th Place, 5th and 7th Consolation Champs.  As for the JOI Las Vegas Classic, Varsity took the Championship, followed by 10th 2nd Place, 8th 3rd Place and 5th 3rd Place.

 I'll be adding more information from Las Vegas. They now head into their 2nd tournament in Las Vegas, "Jam On It Grand Finale," July 22-24.   To check out the game video and game photos, "click here".