“Pulling for Special Olympics”

Support your local Special Olympics by forming a team of 10 and pull a Roberts Hawaii Motor Coach Bus on Saturday September 16th at Kona Commons. All funds raised stays right here in West Hawaii. 3 ways to WIN… Fastest time, Lowest Combined Body Weight, and Most Enthusiastic Team. Event T-Shirts will be given to all pre-paid entrants. Entries must be turned in by September 4th to gaurantee an event T-Shirt. $300 tax deductible donation for a team of 10, and you can compete in Fastest Pull and Lowest Body weight pull. “So Muscle Up, and Pull your weight for Special Olympics West Hawaii”. For more info and entry forms you can email:

Or phone 345-0433


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14.Aug.2017 ‘Cop on Top’ fundraiser for Special Olympics starts Thursday (Aug 17)


Once again, the Hawai‘i Police Department is proud to sponsor the 14th annual “Cop on Top” fundraiser for Special Olympics Hawai‘i. This event will be held in East and West Hawai‘i at the Hilo and Kona Walmart Stores on (August 17), 7 a.m., to (August 19), 3 p.m.

For three straight days, law enforcement officers will spend their off-duty time perched on top a 14-foot scaffolding, eating, sleeping and raising awareness for Special Olympics Hawai‘i within the community. Over the years, the efforts of Hawai‘i Police Department officers have raised $250,000 to help provide year round sports training and competitions to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This event is the largest Special Olympics fundraiser of the year, and 14% of last year’s annual budget was raised through this one event alone.

During this year’s event, there will be numerous, great incentives through donations made by many local sponsors. Special Olympics Hawai‘i will also be giving away visors, caps and t-shirts to those who donate.

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09.Jun.2017 Special Olympics Unified Softball team “Green Machine”

It was a hot, breezy and dusty day of grounders, grinders and fly balls during the Special Olympics State Summer Games on Oahu June 2nd thru 4th. The Unified Softball team from West Hawaii “Green Machine” gave it their all, but had to settle for 5th place in some hard-hitting competition. If your wondering “What is Unified Sports”, here’s the answer:
Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. Believe me, our Unified Players walked away from this tournament with high admiration on the skills and determination from our West Hawaii Special Olympics Athletes Isaiah Wong, Robbie Sanoria, Marinna Takahashi-Ruiz, Sanoe Wong and Byron Pabre. Let’s all Unify the Unity of Special Olympics Unified Sports!!!!
(picture insert; front row left to right)
Isaiah Wong, Coach Matt Bester, Robbie Sanoria, Cheri Wood, Andrea King
(back row left to right)
Lamar Fresquez, Coach Gene Power, Merisa Wong, Marinna Takahashi-Ruiz, Charshel Lipai,
Denise Lindsey, Sanoe Wong and Byron Pabre. (not pictured Assistant Coach Judy Volquardsen)

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08.Jun.2017 Powerlifters Reign at State Summer Games!!!

Big Island Special Olympics Athletes competed at the Special Olympics State Summer Games at the University of Hawaii June 3rd and 4th. Special Olympics Athletes from around the State competed in Swimming, Track & Field, Unified Softball, Powerlifting and Individual Softball Skills. Here are the results from the Powerlifters.

The West Hawaii delegation consisted of 6 Special Olympics Athletes, and they racked up a lot of hardware!!!
9 gold medals, 9 silver medals, 3 Bronze and 2 participation ribbons.

Waimea delegation Athletes:
Kalei Lee with a Squat of 85, Bench 75 and Deadlift 125, Combo points of 285.
Kalei brought home 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze.

Nancyn Honma with a Squat of 80, Bench 85 and Deadlift 135, Combo points of 300.
Nancyn brought home 2 Golds & 2 Silvers

Preston Buckley with a Bench 50 and Deadlift 95, Combo points of 145.
Preston brought home 1 Gold, 1Silver and 1 Bronze

Kona delegation Athletes:
Dara Sabri with a Deadlift 150 pounds, and Combo points of 150.
Dara brought home 2 participation ribbons, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze

Shawn Lehano with a Squat of 105, Bench 115 and Deadlift 115, Combo points of 335.
Shawn brought home 1 Gold and 3 Silvers

*Isaiah Wong with a Squat of 425, Bench 250 and Deadlift 500, Combo points 1,175.
Isaiah brought home 4 Gold’s

*Isaiah Wong was the Grand Champion with the biggest lifts of the State competition.
Every one of Isaiah’s lifts was a personal best for him.

Coaching staff:
Waimea delegation coaches Matthew Mills head coach, Suzette Mills assistant coach.

Kona delegation Denise Lindsey head coach, assistant coaches Jehromy Otterman,
Nani Lehano and Kit Kurtz.

Waimea lifters train at Crossfit Allstars Waimea.
Kona Lifters train at The Club in Kona and IMUA IRON. Mahalo to KC Stallsmith, Jeff Lee and Darren Elisaga for your kindness and open arms during our training season.

(picture insert from Left to Right)
Kalei Lee, Dara Sabri, Preston Buckley, Isaiah Wong, Nancyn Honma and
Shawn Lehano.

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11.May.2017 Hawaii Army National Guard supporting Special Olympics West Hawaii

The Hawaii Army National Guard came together in full force to help support Special Olympics West Hawaii at the annual Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run in Kona on May 7, 2017.  Thank you to Bernard Garcia of the Hawaii Army National Guard for coordinating his group on our big event!!!!  Mahalo!!!

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10.May.2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run “MC’s” for Special Olympics West Hawaii

Lyman Medeiros and Special Olympics West Hawaii Athlete and Global Messenger

Joshua Goetz, pose together before the the Law Enforcement Torch Run and

Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympics Regional Softball Tournament on Sunday

May 7, 2017.

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

Special Olympics WHT _final

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.

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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

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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.

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