Wednesday, August 5, 2009
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T&C Skateboards and LRG Clothing invite skaters to come out and show their skills at A`ala Skate Park on August 22 at the 16th annual Sunburn Classic, presented by FreeSurf Magazine.
More of a gathering than a hard-core contest, the event is one way T&C Surf Designs gives back to the community. Entry is $5 and includes an LRG T-shirt pack ($30 value). The event lets skaters get some contest experience, kick back at the park with LRG pro skaters and walk away with a ton of sponsor giveaways.
Be sure to get there early to secure a spot. Registration opens promptly at 8:30 a.m., and divisions will sell out quickly. Competitors skate in one of four divisions; 13 and under, 14-17, 18 & over and Sponsored (B-team riders).
Preliminary rounds will consist of ten skaters throwing it down for seven minutes. Riders with top scores advance to the finals. Massive prize packs, including skateboards, tees, hats and other skate hard goods and apparel, will go to the top riders in each division.
LRG is flying in skate team members Adelmo Jr., Jack Curtain and Rodrigo Tx to put on a skate demo and sign autographs. Everyone is encouraged to bring their board, backpack or T-shirt for their favorite skater to sign.Entry blanks are available at all T&C Surf locations on Oahu or TCSurf.com/news and will be accepted only on-site the day of the contest beginning at 8:30 a.m. For more information call (808) 483-8710 or email@example.com.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Talent HR Solutions, Hawaiian Isles Tennis and Boys & Girls Club partner for community.
A free tennis clinic open to the public and featuring Visiting Pro, Minh Le and local Pro, Wei-Yu Su will happen at the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Spalding Clubhouse gym from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, August 8, 2009. Registration required, details below. The two tennis pros will meet, mingle and play with the 7-17 year old youth participants. The main game activity is Play Tennis! indoors on mini courts with foam balls and right sized rackets for juniors.
Minh Le, a touring professional from Vietnam and Japan partners with local pro and teaching professional Wei-Yu Su. They are the 3-time defending champions of the Blue Moon Menʼs Night Doubles Tournament held every summer at the Kailua Racquet Club. The more compact Le exhibits incredible reflexes and athleticism in contrast to the very tall, powerful and fluid Su. Together they have been competitively unstoppable and have character worthy of attention from the young folks who will come to see and interact with them in a fun tennis setting.
The Play Tennis! Program will be emceed by Leilani Magee, teaching professional and Principal of HIT, www.HITennis.net with assistance by Mano Nguyen, Business Development Manager for Talent HR Solutions www.talenthrsolutions.com and St. Louis High School Assistant Tennis Coach who sparked this event. They will demonstrate with Minh and Wei-Yu and ramp up the young participants in perhaps for many their first experiences with tennis. The oversize foam balls and rightsized rackets enable quick and fun pick up of the basic skills and dynamics of the sport.
This first tennis event is a pilot program that will generate interest in a regular youth tennis program at the Spalding Clubhouse. Staff and community members will be trained as facilitators and additional funding and sponsorship are invited to move regular programming forward.
Registration: The clinic can only accommodate the first 50 registrants. Participants aged 7-17 must be BGCH members. Membership application avaliable at http://www.bgch.com/. $1 membership fee and birth certificate required. For questions, contact 949-4743.
Location: BGCH Spalding Clubhouse is at 1704 Waiola St. Diamond Head side of Washington Middle School and directly behind Zippy's McCully on King Street. Parking will be at Washington Middle School on the day of the clinic.
BGCH Spalding Clubhouse Athletic Program Director, Dickson Wong encourages the community to stop in and connect with the many dynamic people and programs at Spalding Clubhouse. He can be reached at 256-7890 and firstname.lastname@example.org for information, events, volunteer and donor
See Minh and Wei-Yu in the Menʼs Night Doubles at Kailua Racquet Club starting Sunday, 8.2.09.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professional -Hawaii Region, the half-day clinic was sponsored by HIC, Quicksilver and the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. Organizers Gabe Garduque, Janner Asucion and Faith Wenzl pulled together Hawaii's greatest pro/amateur surfers and watermen to spend a day teaching BGCH youth from Nanakuli, Waianae and Kahikolu Homeless Shelter water safety and general wave knowledge, as well as specific techniques for paddling, body boarding and surfing. Full Article: http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090729/GETPUBLISHED/907290365/1339/neighborhoodsfront
Enjoy video from our Barber's Point Surf Clinic
Thursday, July 9, 2009
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Charles C. Spalding kids pictured in photo with Old Navy staff and representatives: Jin Cui, Darleen Cardenas-Tseu, Loreal Russell, Samantha Hong, Ninja Le, Ethan Cardenas-Tseu, Khalil Shepherd and Anthony Morgan.
Spalding and Hale Pono LITs did a great job helping out at the Old Navy Stores on the the island.
Wienermobile on the roll
Two distinct sounds hail the arrival of the Oscar Mayer "Wienermobile" — their classic jingle and the cacophony of Wiener Whistles.
So it was yesterday as the Wienermobile arrived in Hawai'i by ship for a three-week Aloha Tour.
"This is what it sounds like everywhere we go," said Ben Kopish, a "hot-dogger," one of the crew that accompanies the Wienermobile.
Kopish and fellow hot-dogger Derek O'Leary handed out whistles to the 14 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Hawai'i who presented a giant lei to the Wienermobile at Honolulu Harbor. The excitement was audible halfway down the pier.
The vehicle will be making visits to Sack 'n Saves, Foodlands, Tamura's, 7-Elevens, Safeways, Times Supermarkets, military base commissaries and Don Quijotes throughout O'ahu, grilling hot dogs provided by the stores at about a third of their stops.
Children draped the lei along one windshield wiper to the other, giggling and pointing out it looked like the Wienermobile was smiling. Once they posed and shaka'd, taking photos in front of the vehicle, all 14 excitedly squeezed in wall-to-wall to get a better look at the interior.
The vehicle, which can blast the Oscar Mayer jingle in 21 different genres ranging from a dance remix to a country and western version, offers participants rides around the block and a history of the Wienermobile.
Oscar Mayer has been touring the country with the Wienermobile since 1936, and this is its first visit to the Islands in several years. The company selects a few college students for each new tour who spend a year traveling across the country making promotional appearances. The Wienermobile traditionally makes appearances at major American events, such as the Academy Awards and the World Series.
The model in Hawai'i this summer, out of six other Wienermobiles also touring the country, was just completed last month, and has clocked only 330 miles so far.
Oscar Mayer extended its contract with Kopish, and the Aloha Tour marks his second tour piloting the vehicle.
He said he hasn't gotten sick of hot dogs yet.
"When you show up in a giant hot dog, and people are smiling and waving, it's hard to get tired of that," he said.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
By Paul Drewes
Link to article and video. HONOLULU (KHNL) - While many were focused on the NBA finals, some young island basketball fans hit the court with pro players. They learned a little more about the game of basketball and even more importantly got some lessons on life.
Dozens of kids spend their summer at the boys and girls club sharpening their basketball skills. These same young players got a big boost to their game as Portland Trailblazer's Channing Frye and Steve Blake stopped in to share their knowledge."They taught us do agility things like - the shooter c," said basketball camp participant, Jacob Pregana. "I learned how to shoot better and roll off screens," added Kelpin Gree.
The pros also shared their love of the sport.
"Basketball is fun for me, I've been playing since I was in second grade and I would go to camps like these," said Portland Forward, Channing Frye.The pros have played around the world, against all kinds of opponents and they liked the intensity of the island athletes.
"Its fun, they love basketball, they work hard and that's all you can ask for at camp," said Frye.But the pro players provided more than just tips on the court, they also offered encouragement for everything kids do -- outside of basketball.
"They tell us to always persevere and make sacrifices to get what you need in life. They also tell us to always try your best. It was kind of inspiring" said Gree. It goes without saying, the young athletes look up to these NBA players.
"The kids are always looking for adult mentors, we are here but when they see other adults stepping up, it makes an impact. They get to see that the community cares for one another," said Dickson Wong, the athletics director for the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii.After the hard work of drills and dribbling was over, the players posed for pictures and signed autographs. The NBA players taught the kids a lot during their time at the gym, and the pros even learned a little while they were here in Hawaii.
"I learned a whole lot of Hawaiian foods, Hawaiian words. Its a different culture, you have to appreciate it, its one of the best places on earth," said Frye.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Hawaii provide character development programs six days a week for children 7-17 years old. And along with sports they also have arts and career development, all for an annual membership fee of just one dollar.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Ewa Beach welcomes their new neighbor, Hoakalei Country Club, located next to Ocean Pointe. Thanks Ernie Els (Hoakalei Golf Course) Charities for selecting Hale Pono Ewa Beach Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii to be a recipient of the 1st annual Hoakalei Golf Tournament. The $20,000 contribution will go a long way to support programs and services in our community.
Donations were made to BGCH - Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii - Hale Pono Ewa Beach Club, Autism Speaks, Beautiful Son Foundation and James Campbell High School Athletics Department.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
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By Dennis Fujimoto - The Garden IslandPublished: Monday, May 11, 2009 2:08 AM
HSTWAIMEA — About 70 seventh-grade students from Waimea Canyon Middle School had an opportunity to get to the root of many of the problems they face on a day-to-day basis.
They were the only school to take advantage of the nationally acclaimed program that had an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show, said Shara Bucasas, the school’s counselor.
For many young people, bullying, cliques, alienation, teasing and even violence have become a part of their daily school experience, according to a flier announcing the event Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club, Waimea Clubhouse.
Challenge Day offers a way for students to lift themselves out of the quagmire and create a new environment that reflects the changes they want to see in their school.
“I got to experience Challenge Day when it was brought to Waimea High School under Gini Hori’s leadership group,” Bucasas said. “The kids really enjoyed the event where they addressed a lot of personal things. A lot of the kids were moved by the event.”
Bucasas said based on this experience, when Challenge Day was offered to her, she jumped on it.
“This group has been on Oprah and costs a lot of money to get here,” she said. “They’ve been to a lot of schools, and if we had the chance, I wasn’t going to let it pass.”
Bucasas said funding for the Challenge Day came through the county’s anti-drug office that coordinated the event through its Volunteers In Service To America program.
“We offered it to all the schools, but Waimea Canyon was the only school to take advantage of it,” said Theresa Koki, the county’s anti-drug coordinator.
“It’s a great program and even the mentors enjoyed the event. One of them even called after the event to thank us for inviting him to be a mentor.”
The Challenge Day program was developed with the idea that substance abuse, bullying, teasing and violence are symptoms of a greater problem.
The program developers believed loneliness and oppression are the true source of teens’ “acting out” behaviors.
Due to the personal nature of the program, exposure to media and parents was restricted, but about 20 adults from the community stepped forward as volunteers to participate in the Challenge Day program as adult mentors.
Students had the opportunity to see these adults in a different light outside their assigned community roles that include being police officers, firefighters, counselors and coaches.
The students come to see that there are caring adults in the community who are willing to be real with them.
“We’re always looking at ways to help our young people say ‘no’ to drugs and to make positive choices in their lives,” said Koki in a release asking for mentor volunteers. “When I heard about the powerful effects of the Challenge Day program on young people as well as adults, I decided it was definitely something our community could benefit from.”
The goal off the Challenge Day program is to bring young people together from all different cliques, groups and backgrounds along with teachers, administrators, parents and community members to create a world where every child and adult feels safe, loved and celebrated, the release states.
“Challenge Day was very successful,” Koki said. “Now that we have taken the first step, Shara has the next big task of counseling the students.”
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or email@example.com
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The Power of Vision
By Brian Frejo
Thursday, May 28, 2009
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii – Hale Pono Ewa Beach Gym
Brian Frejo: Brian (Pawnee/Seminole) is a highly talented and multi-faceted individual who is best known for his work as a “Cultural Activist,” youth advocate, DJ, and performer. Brian is one of the most sought after DJ’s, music producers and promoters in Indian Country. As “DJ Shock B” he has performed with some of the most popular acts in music today. Brian also has his finger on the hottest and most up and coming Native music talent that has enabled him to produce a range of successful concerts, tours and special events that has gained him the reputation as one of the premier music promoters and special event organizers in Indian Country. Brian is also honored to be a part of the 2002 Grammy–nominated drum group “Young Bird.”
The Power of Vision: “The Power of Vision” is a dynamic and interactive workshop conducted by Brian in which he works with youth to dare to dream, visualize and realize their power to achieve their personal potential. Themes that Brian engages youth on include the importance of developing one’s own personal vision of wellness and success; passion; discipline; and the risks and rewards of making healthy versus unhealthy decisions. Brian works with youth to develop strategies for goal setting; making healthy choices; being drug and alcohol-free; taking personal responsibility; realizing one’s own personal vision for success; and for physical, emotional, cultural, and spiritual well being. This is one of Brian’s most successful and popular workshops that he has conducted at more than 500 reservations, schools and conferences.