Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Ohana Martial Arts claims 19 medals

Ohana Martial Arts won 19 medals in the Hawaii State Karate Championships on April 14 at Pearl City High School on Oahu.

Kumite (point fighting) winners were Christian Barth in the 16-17 boys advanced division, Mitchell Johnson in 14-15 boys advanced, Johnny DiMuro in 12-13 boys advanced, Marc Bareng in 7-8 boys beginner and Tristan Bareng in 6 and under boys beginner/intermediate. C.J. Caliva was second in 9-10 boys advanced, Jayson Bareng was third in 14-15 boys advanced and Samantha Barth was third in 14-15 girls advanced.

In kata (forms) DiMuro won in 12-13 advanced and Caliva in 9-10 advanced. Runners-up were Christian Barth in 16-17 advanced, Johnson in 14-15 advanced and Tristan Bareng in 6 and under beginner/intermediate. Jayson Bareng was third in 14-15 advanced, and Marc Bareng in 7-8 beginner.

In escrima (soft-stick fighting), Caliva won the 9-12 boys open title, and Tristan Bareng won in 6 and under boys open. Marc Bareng was second in 7-8 boys open, and Samantha Barth was second in 14-15 girls open.


Kiffmann Taekwondo collects 27 golds

Tyler Papagayo won black-belt gold medals in qualifier sparring, exhibition sparring and poomsae (forms) during the USA Taekwondo state championships on April 20 in Waipahu, Oahu, and Kiffmann Taekwondo collected 27 gold medals altogether.

Among the black belts, Camryn Henry, Christian Sialana and William Kepler won golds in qualifier and exhibition sparring, Gunter Kiffmann took golds in qualifier sparring and poomsae, Alexander Macaraeg won gold in qualifier sparring and silvers in exhibition sparring and poomsae, Joshua Kepler and Justin Koja won qualifier sparring gold and exhibition sparring silver and Ronson Ishikawa was a qualifier sparring silver medalist.

Jerome Butac won three red-belt golds, Deven Bio won qualifier and exhibition sparring golds, Jerico San Agustin won silver in poomsae and bronze in qualifier sparring and Jaden Pladera won bronze in qualifier sparring.

Cassie Kepler won blue-belt golds in all three categories, Jovan Butac and Reynaldo Segundo each won golds in qualifier sparring and poomsae and Kristian Roque won gold in qualifier sparring and bronze in poomsae.


Maldonado aces No. 3 at Pukalani

Jo Maldonado of Haiku recorded a hole-in-one Friday at Pukalani Country Club.

Maldonado aced the third hole, using a 3-wood for the 136-yard shot, which was witnessed by Ernie Ayala and Chris Lopez.


Stock car racing scheduled for May 4

Stock car racing is scheduled for May 4 at the Paradise Speedway Maui circle track in Puunene. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m., and time trials are to start at 6 p.m.

Spectator admission is $10 for anyone over 12, $2 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.

For more information, go to


Golf tournament slated for May 11

The inaugural LahainaTown Action Committee Golf Classic is scheduled for May 11 at the Kaanapali Royal Golf Course, with registration to begin at 7 a.m. and a shotgun start set for 8 a.m.

The entry fee is $125, which also pays for use of a cart, a luncheon and entry into a hole-in-one contest in which a new car will be the prize. A portion of tournament proceeds will benefit Lahaina Junior Golf.

For more information, go to or call Lynn Donovan at 667-9175.


Cheer registration running until May 31

C&C Cheer Factory in Wailuku will conduct registration until May 31.

The one-time registration fee is $100. Monthly tuition costs $50, and a practice uniform is $25.

For more information, email or call 344-7789.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Welds-Ebanks finishes fourth at Reno tourney

Danny Welds-Ebanks, of Baldwin High School and Central Maui Style Club, finished fourth in the 185-pound division for wrestlers 16 to 18 years old at the Reno Nationals meet in Nevada, April 12-14.

Welds-Ebanks earned All-America status with his finish and was the only wrestler from Maui to win a medal.

Other Central Maui Style Club members at the meet included: Landon Los Banos, who went 1-2 in the 6-under 46-pound class; Baldwin teammates Reggie Lo and Jahfrey Akina each went 2-2 in the 16-18 114-pound division; Slayden Lloyd went 1-2 in the 16-18 120-pound division; Tommy Stevenson was 7-2 in the 13-15 125-pound division, while Bryson Dela Cruz and Kanoa Morreira were both 0-2; Troy Waki was 3-2 in the 13-15 135-pound division; Leroy Santos was 2-2 in the 16-18 138-pound division; and Jayden Ferreira was 0-2 in the 13-15 160-pound division.


Hyundai golf raises $350,000 for charities

The Hyundai Tournament of Champions has raised nearly $350,000 for Hawaii charities, according to a news release.

The golf tournament was held in January at the Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course. The event had six designated beneficiaries, who helped promote the tournament and provided volunteers.

They were Boy Scouts of America, Maui County Council; Friends of the Children’s Justice Center; Hale Makua Health Services; J. Walter Cameron Center; Ka Lima O Maui; and Lahainaluna High School Foundation.

The Hawaii State Junior Golf Association, Maui Junior Golf and the Golf for Maui Charities program also received money.


King Kekaulike seeks girls volleyball coach

King Kekaulike High School is seeking a girls varsity volleyball head coach.

Applications can be picked up at the main school office. King Kekaulike is located at 121 Kula Hwy, Pukalani, HI 96768.

The application deadline is at 4 p.m. on May 3.


Kihei AYSO to conduct registration on April 27

Kihei AYSO will hold its annual registration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27 at the Kihei Charter School in the Lipoa Center.

To participate in the fall season, children must be 4 years old by July 31. Proof of age (birth certificate, passport, or any other government issued identification) is required.

Children with special needs (physical or mental) are also encouraged to participate in Kihei AYSO’s Very Important Players Program.

Registration is also available online at


Jackpot finishing event to be held April 26-28

Shore Casters for Christ’s fifth annual Jackpot Tournament will be held April 26-28.

Registration forms are available at New Maui Fishing Supply in Wailuku. The registration deadline is April 23.

For more information, call 298-7557.


50th anniversary drag racing event in May

The Valley Isle Timing Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary of the club’s drag racing heritage in Hawaii from May 24-26.

The club will host the George “Flintstone” Andrade Memorial Day Race at the club’s Maui Raceway Park track located in Puunene just off of Mokulele Highway.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Arakawa gets ace on No. 3 at Pukalani

Makawao’s Wesley Arakawa got a hole-in-one on the third hole at Pukalani Country Club on Monday.

Arakawa used an 8-iron on the 148-yard hole.

The feat was witnessed by Craig Sumida.


Lahaina Roughnecks win wrestling event

The Lahaina Roughnecks edged Central Maui Style ,143-142, at the Upcountry Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at War Memorial Gym in Wailuku.

A record 453 wrestlers from 14 clubs competed in six age divisions at the second Maui Style event of the season.

The Roughnecks had 25 individual champions, while Central had 21 winners.

The next Maui Style wrestling tournament will be April 27 at Molokai High School.


Na Holo Wahine 5K scheduled for May 4

The Na Holo Wahine 5K Run/Walk will be held May 4.

The all-female event, which starts at 8 a.m., starts and finishes at Keopuolani Park.

The early registration deadline is April 22.

Applications can be picked up at the YMCA, Sports Authority Kahului or South Maui Bicycles in Kihei. To register on-line, visit

For more information, visit the web site or call Mary at 875-0178.


AYSO Region 601 to conduct registration

The AYSO Region 601 Central Maui will have player and volunteer registration on three dates at Kahului Jodo Mission Hall.

The dates are April 27, May 11 and June 15. Times are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The early registration fee is $65 per player.

Birth certificates are required when registering.


Maui Orange Crush wins under-14 title

The Maui Crush Blue, representing Region 601 Central Maui, won the under-14 girls championship at the Kirk Banks Soccer Tournament late last month at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex, Oahu.

Maui Crush Blue will travel to California in June for two soccer tournament.

Maui Crush White came in second at the Banks tournament.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Maui sweeps standup event at Ahu Dhabi

Maui swept the top three places in the Abu Dhabi All-Stars Invitational standup paddling event held over the weekend.

Zane Schweitzer won the overall title and was third in sprints. Kody Kerbox was second overall and fifth in sprints, while Connor Baxter was third overall and won the sprints.


Seabury, Maui Prep hold practice surf meet

With the 19th annual Maui Interscholastic Surf Championships coming up on April 20 at Hookipa Beach Park, the Seabury Hall and Maui Preparatory Academy surf teams held a practice meet on Saturday at Lahaina Harbor.

Seabury’s Ridge Lenny swept the boys shortboard, longboard and bodyboard titles, while Isabella Pickering won both the girls shortboard and bodyboard crowns.

The Spartans swept the boys shortboard division with Gavin Selman, Adam Ferrier and Brandon Smith finishing 2-3-4 behind Lenny.

The schools will hold another practice meet on Sunday at D.T. Fleming’s Beach Park in Kapalua.


Hawaii All-Star Cheer fundraising for trip

Hawaii All-Star Cheer is currently fundraising for a trip to The Summit competition in Orlando, Fla.

The competition, in its first year, includes the top 10 percent of teams nationwide.

Hawaii All-Star Cheer’s Junior Level 2 and Senior Level 4 squads received two of 107 paid bids to the competition, but the $510 per athlete does not include airfare.

The team is hoping to take 36 members to Florida.

Hawaii received its invitation to The Summit after sweeping three meets in March.

Funds for the Orlando trip can be dropped off at the Hawaii All-Stars gym located at 180 Wakea Ave. in Kahului.

For more information, call coach Kealii Molina at 269-1066 or email


Basketball league to hold meeting April 24

There will be a mandatory meeting for the County of Maui annual summer basketball league on April 24 at War Memorial Gym at 6 p.m.

For more information, call Wendell Paresa at 270-7132.


Helekahi-Cass signs with Ashford University

Hana’s Pakalana Helekahi-Cass signed a national letter of intent on Thursday to play volleyball at Ashford University in Iowa.

Helekahi-Cass, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter/middle blocker, was the Maui News’ Maui Interscholastic League Division II Player of the Year this past season.

Pakalana-Cass also is this year’s valedictorian at Hana.


Central Maui Style wins wrestling meet

Central Maui Style won the Maui Style Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at War Memorial Gym. A record 441 wrestlers competed in the season opener.

Central and the Maui Razorbacks each won 24 of the weight classes while the Lahaina Roughnecks had 21 winners.

The next Maui Style tournament will be Saturday at War Memorial Gym.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Females sought for ocean events April 27

The Butterfly Effect is sponsoring its seventh annual non-competitive ocean sports event for females on April 27.

Events, which start at 9 a.m., are stand-up paddle, kayak and canoe with the course running from Baldwin Beach to Kanaha Beach.

The entry fee is $40.

There will be activities for participants, including a community beach clean-up and yoga warm-up. The event also will include guest speakers, professional athletes, music and a Butterfly Beach Party at Kanaha.

For more information, contact Tatiana Howard at 283-0864.


HHSAA seeking Hall of Honor candidates

The Hawaii High School Athletic Association is now accepting applications for its 2013 class of inductees for the Hawaii High School Hall of Honor.

Twelve senior student-athletes will be inducted after a selection process May 18-19 by a committee of athletic directors, administrators, coaches and members of the media.

The formal induction will take place at a June 9 Hall of Honor awards banquet at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Selection criteria is based primarily on athletic achievement with character, academic record and community service also taken into consideration. The guideline and nomination forms are available for download at

All applications and supporting material must be sent to the HHSAA office at P.O. Box 62029, Honolulu, HI 96839 and postmarked by April 30.

For more information, call the HHSAA office at (808) 587-4495.


Free Fun Paddle will take place April 21

The Olukai Ho’olaule’a Fun Paddle will be held April 21 with the three-mile course running from the Paia Youth Cultural Center to Kanaha Beach Park.

The free stand-up paddleboard practice will start at 9 a.m. All level of paddlers are invited and participants must bring their own board.

For more information, contact Matthew Murasko at 214-4349 or Suzie Cooney at 283-2121.


Seabury Hall looking for swimming coach

Seabury Hall is looking for a varsity boys and girls swim coach. Contact, Steve Colflesh 572-8394 or email

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

North Shore Challenge canceled due to surf

The Maui Canoe and Kayak Club’s North Shore Challenge race set for today has been canceled due to the late season swell, a high-surf advisory and poor conditions at Maliko.


Baldwin alumnus wins PacWest weekly honor

Chaminade University’s Kaitlyn Watanabe, a 2011 Baldwin High School graduate, was named the Pacific West Conference Pitcher of the Week for March 25-31.

Watanabe led the Silverswords to a 6-0 week with four wins in the circle.

She had three complete-game wins, one shutout and posted a 1.06 ERA in 26 1/3 innings. She struck out nine and allowed a .222 batting average.


Maui No Ka Oi soccer tourney set for June

The Maui No Ka Oi Soccer Tournament will be held June 19-22 at the Eddie Tam Fields in Makawao.

The registration deadline is June 1.

The tournament will have divisions for under-8 through under-19 teams with entry fees ranging from $400 to $550.

Checks should be payable to No Ka Oi Soccer Tournament and can be mailed to 1080 Mahanani Place, Makawao 96768.

For more information, call tournament director Tony Medeiros at 572-0047, 357-2251 or email him at


Basketball Maui clinic moved to April 14

The Basketball Maui free clinic has been moved from Sunday to April 14 at the Erdman Athletic Center on the Seabury Hall campus.

The session for players 7-12 years old will run from 3-5 p.m., while the clinic for ages 13-18 will be from 7-9 p.m.

The clinic will feature Grayson “The Professor” Boucher of the And1 tours and tapes.

Players need to bring a basketball and a signed parental waiver. Parents and coaches are also welcome.

For more information, call Basketball Maui at 866-6996 or email

Registration for the Basketball Maui complete players camp set for June 10-14 will be available at the clinic.


Maui Pop Warner will meet Wednesday

The Maui Pop Warner Association will be holding coaches testing for all divisions of football and cheer, on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Waikapu Community Center.

All interested individuals are invited.

For more information, call Shane Awai at 280-7690 or email