Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Cooney Surf Contest slated for Oct. 10

The 11th annual Steve Cooney Surf Contest is scheduled for Oct. 10 at Hookipa Beach Park in Kuau, starting at 7 a.m.

The entry fee is $40 for the pro-am, and $25 for each of the other six divisions. Entry forms are available at Hawaiian Island Surf and Sport in Kahu-lui. All entrants will receive a T-shirt and lunch.

The event will also have an invitational aerial competition.


Maui Special Rodeo rescheduled for Nov. 8

The fourth annual Maui Special Rodeo has been rescheduled for Nov. 8 at Piiholo Ranch in Makawao.

The event is for youths with special needs, and is open to spectators.

For more information, including on how to volunteer or make a contribution, email, visit or call 572-9129.


Maui charities can sell Hyundai tickets

The Hyundai Tournament of Champions has announced it is continuing “Golf for Maui Charities” for a fifth year.

The program allows nonprofit organizations to sell tickets to the PGA Tour event’s pro-am and competition, scheduled for Jan. 6-10 at the Kapalua Plantation Course, and retain the proceeds.

For more information, email or call 665-9160.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Upcountry Little League sign-ups set for Oct. 4

Registration for the Upcountry Little League 2015-16 season is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Eddie Tam Gym Hall in Makawao.

The fees for tee ball and coach-pitch divisions are $75 per player, and the fees for Minor, Major, Junior and Senior divisions are $95 per player. A $5 discount is offered for siblings. Players should bring a birth certificate copy if one is not already on file with the league.

Forms will be available at Pukalani Superette after registration.

Additionally, volunteers are needed to serve as coaches, umpires, scorekeepers, concession workers and team parents. Application forms for volunteers will also be available at registration. A current copy of a valid driver’s license or Hawaii state identification is required.

For more information, contact Lianne Ventura at 214-4501 or


Adidas Hoops Clinic to be held Nov. 21

An Adidas Hoops Clinic for youths in grades 3-8 is scheduled for 2-3 p.m. on Nov. 21 at the Lahaina Civic Center outdoor courts, with instruction being offered by members of the Chaminade University men’s basketball team.

Registration for the free clinic, taking place in conjunction with the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, can be completed at Every participant will receive a T-shirt and ball.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Mauians place seventh in college rodeo

Mid-Plains Community College’s Kanoa Awai-Dickson of Kula and Kaile Jacobson of Haiku placed seventh in team roping at the Rail Town USA College Rodeo that took place Friday and Saturday in North Platte, Neb.

Mid-Plains finished second in the event’s team standings.

“There are team championships in the very near future,” said coach Dustin Elliott. “I feel we’re finally making strides as a whole team.”


Hendrickson advances to Azores Pro’s final 48

Tanner Hendrickson of Haiku advanced to the round of 48 in the Azores Pro with a second-place finish in his opening-round heat Tuesday in the World Surf League European Qualifying Series event taking place in the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal.

Hendrickson had a score of 11.96, finishing behind Medi Veminardi (13.60) of Reunion Island, and will next face Kolohe Andino of California, Gony Zubizarreta of Spain and Ryan Callinan of Australia.

Lahaina’s Dusty Payne was eliminated after taking third in his heat, and Granger Larsen of Napili bowed out with a forth-place finish.


Arakawa receives PacWest soccer honor

Hawaii Hilo’s Tiera Arakawa, a King Kekaulike High School graduate, was named the Pacific West Conference women’s soccer freshman of the week on Monday.

Arakawa scored her first collegiate goal just under 10 minutes into overtime to give the Vulcans a 1-0 victory over Chaminade on Thursday at Saint Louis Field in Honolulu.


Malafu scores pair of tries in Kutztown win

Kutztown University sophomore Kina Malafu, a Baldwin High School graduate, scored two tries in a 77-21 win over Delaware on Saturday in Kutztown, Pa.

Malafu helped the Bears, No. 6 in the rankings, improve to 2-0 heading into this weekend’s game at Buffalo.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

San Diego man aces No. 17 at Maui Nui

John Brothers of San Diego made a hole-in-one Monday at the Maui Nui Golf Club in Kihei.

Brothers used a 7-iron to ace the 141-yard 17th hole. The shot was witnessed by Jim Lindsey.


Utah woman has hole-in-one at Maui Nui

Cherie Young of West Valley, Utah, hit a hole-in-one Monday at Maui Nui Golf Club in Kihei.

Using an 8-iron, she aced the 141-yard seventh hole. Witnesses were Scott Heywood and John Thompson.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Henry wins bronze at Pan Am Taekwondo

Camryn Henry of Kiffmann’s Maui Elite Taekwondo won a bronze medal at the Pan Am Taekwondo Champion-ships on Wednesday in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Henry reached the semifinals in the 68-kilogram division before losing 8-2 to Brazil’s Milena Guimaraes, the eventual gold medalist.

Henry was competing despite a torn meniscus suffered in July when she won gold at the USA Taekwondo nationals.


Trotto on fourth-place masters relay team

Mary Trotto of Kihei was part of the U.S. team that placed fourth in the 400-meter relay in the women’s 65 division at the World Masters Athletics outdoor championships that took place last month in Lyon, France.

Trotto teamed with Georgia’s Jeanne Daprano and California’s Brenda Mathews and Pat Kelly for a time of 1 min-ute, 15.91 seconds that was not officially announced until last week.


BasketballMaui clinic slated for Sept. 29

BasketballMaui will conduct a free clinic from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the courts at Maui High School in Kahului.

Participants should bring a ball, water and a completed waiver form, which can be downloaded at Participants are also encouraged to bring canned food for donation to the Maui Food Bank.

Parents can also participate, and volunteer coaches are being sought as well.


Lester Hamai Memorial scheduled for Oct. 17

The 42nd annual Lester Hamai Memorial women’s golf tournament is scheduled for Oct. 17 at Maui Country Club in Spreckelsville, with a 7 a.m. shotgun start.

The event, sponsored by Hamai Appliance and the Servco Foundation, is open to all members of Maui women’s golf clubs with a GHIN handicap of 36 or less.

The entry fee is $85, which also pays for greens fees, use of a cart and entry to an awards luncheon. Entry forms are available at most Maui golf shops. The field is limited to 72 players and the deadline for entering is Oct. 12.

For more information, call Dorothy Tam Ho at 877-5433 or 298-2258, or Ann Bradley at 242-4157.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Knox claims first place at Kauai Marathon

Allister Knox of Kihei won the Kauai Marathon on Sunday in Poipu.

Knox, 41, covered the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 51 minutes, 44 seconds. The course had a total elevation change of 4,353 feet.

“That was one heck of a race,” Knox said. “It was definitely the hardest marathon course that I have ever run, but an amazing experience and I will always remember the exhilaration of crossing the finish line.”

Kihei’s Ashley McKenney was the eighth female finisher – best among Maui entrants – in 4:02:11. Sabina Piras of San Diego won in 3:06:36, finishing behind only Knox.


Tryouts coming up for Lanakila Volleyball

Lanakila Volleyball Academy will conduct tryouts for its 12-and-under and 14-and-under girls teams and boys 17-and-under team on Sept. 19.

The times and locations for the tryouts are to be announced, and the deadline to register is 4 p.m. Friday.

For more information, go to


Murch aces No. 3 at The Dunes at Maui Lani

Jim Murch of Kihei recorded a hole-in-one at The Dunes at Maui Lani in Kahului on Wednesday.

Murch aced the third hole, using a 9-iron for the 125-yard shot, which was witnessed by Bruce Saunders, Anna Saunders and Al Roloos.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Barra aces No. 14 at Maui Nui

Mary Lou Barra of Wailuku recorded a hole-in-one Thursday at Maui Nui Golf Club in Kihei.

Barra aced the 14th hole, using a 6-iron for the 121-yard shot, which was witnessed by Gregg Steward and Stephanie Stucky.


Jiu-jitsu event slated for Sept. 20 at Maui High

The Hawaii Triple Crown of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will conduct the Maui Open on Sept. 20 at Maui High School in Kahului.

The registration fees are $80 for adults and $60 for youths through Sunday, and will then increase to $90 for adults and $70 for youths until the deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 16. Registration for each additional division will cost $10.

Registration can be completed at


Martial arts tournament slated for Nov. 14

The ninth annual Maui Open Filipino Martial Arts and Sports Karate tournament is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Lahaina.

The registration fee is $30 for one event, $20 for a second event and $10 for each additional event. Competition will be offered in padded and live stick, caranza and sayaw, kata, empty-hand kumite and submission grappling, and is open to all ages.

Spectator admission will cost $5, with no fee for youths 7 and under.

For more information, contact Sandy Dent at 264-4696; Paul Main at 385-5425, 877-5435 or; or Randy Cabanilla at 871-6086 or

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Ng aces No. 8 at Waiehu Golf Course

Tolman Ng of Wailuku recorded a hole-in-one Aug. 26 at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course.

Ng aced the eighth hole, using a 7-iron for the 150-yard shot, which was witnessed by Reid Fukuyama.


Youth 3-on-3 basketball tourney set for October

The Maui County Department of Parks and Recreation will conduct a youth three-on-three basketball tournament Oct. 16-18 at Kalama Park.

The event will celebrate the reopening of the courts at the Kihei facility.

Teams can be all boys, all girls, or coed, and will be guaranteed a minimum of four games. The tournament also will offer skills challenges.

Teams must register by Sept. 18. Registration forms are available at the South Maui Parks and Recreation office at the Kihei Community Center.

Volunteers for the tournament are also needed. For more information, call Cody Tesoro at 879-4533.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Ellen, Baldwin win at junior championships

Keanu Ellen of Lahaina won the boys 18 singles title and teamed with Joey Baldwin of Kihei for the boys 18 doubles crown in the USTA Hawaii Junior Championships that took place Aug. 20-23 at Punahou School and Kaiser on Oahu.

Ellen won four matches in singles play, defeating Seann Esaki of Oahu 7-5, 6-4 in the final. Baldwin reached the semifinal round.

Baldwin and Ellen teamed to win four matches as well, including a 9-7 victory over Esaki and Akagi-Okuma of Oahu in the final.

Jaylee Yasunaga of Wailuku and Hilo’s Diana Wong reached the girls 18 doubles final. Yasunaga and Wong fell to Oahu teammates Katreina Corpuz and Taylor Lau 8-6 in the championship match.


Maui Paddle for a Cure set for Oct. 3

The second annual Maui Paddle for a Cure, an open two-mile paddle, is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 3.

The event, which will benefit Susan G. Komen Hawaii as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will also offer a clinic at 4 p.m. conducted by Tatiana Howard, founder of The Butterfly Effect, which describes itself as “a worldwide movement hinged on empowering and inspiring athletic women.”

Registration can be completed at


VIRR youth cross country meets moved

The Valley Isle Road Runners youth cross country meet scheduled for Saturday has been moved to Kamehameha Schools Maui in Pukalani, with an 8 a.m. start.

The meet on Sept. 12 will be at Giggle Hill in Haiku, also starting at 8 a.m.

Originally, Saturday’s race was scheduled for Giggle Hill and the Sept. 12 race for Kamehameha.

For more information, call 280-5801.