02.Sep.2015 “Bus-A-Move” Bus Pull Throwdown 9/26/15

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Saturday September 26, 2015, Special Olympics West-Hawaii will host their “Bus’ a Move” Throw Down Bus Pull competition at Kona Commons.

Get your team of 10 ready by to PULL a Roberts Hawaii Charter Bus!

Teams have 3 categories to win, Fastest Pull, Lowest Combined weight, and an award will be given to the most enthusiastic team. Lowest Combined Weight event, will use a lighter vehicle provided by AIRGAS. The rig is 16,500 pounds, so you STRONGMEN and Women come out and show your Muscle for a worthy cause ☺

Teams can register now by calling 345-0433 or email sowhdenise@gmail.com. Event T-Shirts will be given to all pre-registered participants.

Special Olympics West Hawaii is always looking for volunteers to help make this event run smoothly and safely. If you would like to volunteer please email us at sowhdenise@gmail.com.

17.Aug.2015 “Cop on Top” Major Fundraiser for Special Olympics West Hawaii

Cop On Top is a 3 day event going on at Wal-Mart stores August 27, 28 & 29 to raise funds for Special Olympics Hawaii programs.

Wal-Mart stores and Hawai’I Law Enforcement Officers donate time, space, manpower, products and funds to make this event successful.

Officers, volunteering on their own time, will sit up on the scaffolding for 3 days and 2 nights until they raise a minimum of $ 15,000.00

100% of the funds raised during this event will remain in West Hawaii. Monies raised will be used to purchase uniforms, equipment, transportation, coaches training, competitions and other opportunities for our West Hawaii athletes.

Remember, no fees are ever charged to participating athletes.

Special Olympics Hawaii offer’s a high quality of year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and individuals in the West Hawaii community.

So, come on down and join us for a good cause!
For more information and to help with Cop On Top,
please call Sharon Yong (808) 756-2186

29.Sep.2012 Cop On Top makes WHT front page

Mahalo nui loa to West Hawaii Today, Reporter Chelsea Jensen and Freelance Photographer Laura Shimabuku for the fantastic coverage about Cop On Top, which appeared Saturday, Sept. 29, on the newspaper’s front page!

Chelsea wrote an awesome story, featuring wonderful interviews with Area Director Sandie DelaCruz and athletes Relyn Shook and Ray Donager. Laura’s super great photos really capture the scene and spirit.

View the story on the newspaper’s Website, www.westhawaiitoday.com.

Meanwhile, enjoy this excerpt:

 The community’s support for Special Olympics West Hawaii is important to Relyn Shook, who moved to Kailua-Kona from Oahu about seven months ago. At age 32, she said she’s been part of Special Olympics for 20 years and holds many medals in an array of sports. About a dozen of her gold, silver and bronze medallions hung from her neck Friday as she collected donations.

“Special Olympics (West Hawaii) has helped me go after my dreams. I was told since I was 11 years old (that) I couldn’t do anything,” she said. “But, it doesn’t matter — as long as you follow your dreams and go for your dreams. Whatever it is, whatever you want to be you can be no matter what they tell you.

04.Sep.2012 Final Thoughts from Dave Ross

Aloha all,

I hope this note finds you well and in good spirits.

After seven years with Special Olympics West Hawaii, and the last five as the area director, I am stepping down from my position. My beautiful wife, Katie, and I are moving to Portland, Ore., on Sept. 5 to further our careers in architecture and education respectively.

For the past few month,s I have been training Sandie DelaCruz to take over SOWH as the area director. Sandie is very organized and loves the program. I have tremendous confidence in her and know she will lead SOWH to even greater heights.

We have a solid athlete base and volunteer core. Of course, if you know anyone who could benefit from our program, have them contact SOWH.

We will continue to have the blog, sowh.org, up and running, as well as keep advertising upcoming events. It is Cop On Top time Sept. 28 to 30 at Walmart on Henry Street in Kailua-Kona. Please sign-up to volunteer or come by and donate.

To reach Sandie, email sowhsandie@gmail.com or call 808-987-5057.

Please continue to support the wonderful athletes of West Hawaii. Your time, connections, and contributions enhance the lives of our athletes, their families, and the West Hawaii community as a whole.  Don’t believe me? Come out to an event and see it for yourself.

Mahalo for the wonderful memories and allowing me to have such awesome times over the past seven years.

Much love.  Be well.

David Ross

25.Jul.2012 Volunteers needed for Aukake Area Games

Special Olympics soccer and bocce teams will be competing in the Aukake Area Games Saturday, July 28, at Old Kona Airport Sports Complex fields, next to the pool.

Volunteers are needed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. to support the Kona, Kohala and Hilo teams, as well as ensure the event runs smoothly. In particular, Special Olympics West Hawaii, which is hosting the competition, needs help with painting and chalking the soccer fields; people to serve as linesmen and scorekeepers; help setting up and taking down tents and tables; and food donations.

Anyone interested in helping should call SOWH Area Director Dave Ross at 345-1344 or email him at specialolympicswh@gmail.com.

14.Jun.2012 SOWH athletes collect 24 medals at Summer Games

Powerlifters Isaiah Wong, Ray Donager and Skyler Carreira pocketed four gold medals apiece, leading a seven-member Special Olympics West Hawaii group that collected 24 total medals at the Special Olympics State Summer Games held May 26-27 at the University of Hawaii.

Wong (181-pound weight class), Donager (198) and Carreira (220) all posted the top squat, bench press, deadlift and combination scores in their respective weight divisions.

Wong topped the list with a combination score of 940 after squatting 315 pounds, benching 195 and deadlifting 430.

Donager totaled 695 points (235 squat, 170 bench press, 290 deadlift), and Carreira had 605 (175, 165, 265).

Three other West Hawaii powerlifters — Nancyn Honma, Dara Sabri and Micah Dela Cruz — recorded the top overall scores in their divisions.

At 198 pounds, Honma had a combination score of 380 after finishing first in the bench press (90 pounds), and second in the squat (125) and deadlift.

Sabri, a 123-pounder, posted a total score of 185 after a bench press of 45 pounds and a deadlift of 140. At 220 pounds, Dela Cruz finished with 200 points after a bench press of 65 pounds and a deadlift of 135.

Shawn Lehano placed fourth in the 165-pound division (160 points) after squatting 95 pounds and benching 65.

All seven SOWH powerlifters trained at The Club in Kona before competing in the state summer games.

01.Jun.2012 June 9 golf tournament helps SOWH

Chip in for charity The first-ever “Swingin’ for Special Olympics” charity golf tournament raises money for Special Olympics West Hawaii, a nonprofit that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

SOWH serves athletes, their families and community from Kohala through Kona to Ka’u.

Held Saturday, June 9, at the Kona Country Club Alii Mountain Course, the tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Check in is at 7 a.m.

The format is a two-person scramble, peoria scoring. The extras include closest to the pin, longest drive, $10,000 hole-in-on on par 3 17th hole, $10 each mulligans, and a silent auction.

The entry fee, which includes golf, pastries, coffee, lunch and prizes, is $90 per person. Checks should be made out to Special Olympics West Hawaii, and mailed to: Kona Country Club, ATTN: Peggy, 78-7000 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

Please help SOWH by participating in this tournament as a player, hole sponsor or donor.

For more information, call SOWH Area Director Dave Ross at 345-1344.



09.May.2012 Photo slideshows reveal what SOWH is about

Thanks to Special Olympics West Hawaii volunteer Sandie Dela Cruz for the following photo slideshows, which are amazing: (Just click on the bolded word to watch.)

Bus pull raises $1,500 for SOWH

Ten teams raised $1,5000 for Special Olympics West Hawaii at the first-ever Great Alii Power Pull.

Held April 21 at the Keauhou Shopping Center, the event featured teams, consisting of 10 people, who pulled a 48,600-pound Hele-On bus. They represented Hawaiian Electric Light Co., Konawaena High School, Konawaena High School Class of 1986, Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse, Hawaii Photoman, The Club in Kona, Pacific Island Fitness, Zumba, Kona Trans and Hawaii Police Department.

The teams competed for bragging rights and titles. Pacific Island Fitness won Fastest Pull and Konawaena High won in the Lightest Combined Weight.

Thanks to everyone who participated, watched and supported this event. Also thanks to photographer Laura Shimabuku for these great photos.