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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, January 23, 2010

Kalihi lifter in senior nationals

Advertiser Staff



Kyle Yamauchi, 26, a Punahou alum from Kalihi, won the 62 kg (136 pounds) division of the American Open Weightlifting Championships held in Mobile, Ala., in December.

An Olympic weightlifter for about 10 years and a four-time junior national winner, Yamauchi converted lifts in the snatch of 110 kg (242 pounds) and in the clean & jerk of 138 kg (304 pounds) for a total of 248 kg (546 pounds).

In June in Peoria, Ill., Yamauchi will compete in the Senior Nationals, considered the most prestigious national title for Olympic weightlifting. Yamauchi attended training camps in China in 2007 and 2008. He also trained at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2008.



The 25th annual Ala Wai Challenge is scheduled for tomorrow at the Ala Wai Playground.

The event features outrigger canoe races and Hawaiian Makahiki games, as well as musical entertainment and food booths.

Each year, the event honors significant members of Hawai'i's ocean sports community. This year's honorees are Hannie Anderson and Tay Perry.

Anderson is one of the founders of the Na Wahine O Ke Kai canoe race, and has been its race director every year since the first one in 1979. She is also a former president of the O'ahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association.

Perry is a master canoe builder and longtime paddler for Lanikai and Outrigger canoe clubs. He is also the vice president of the Friends of Hokule'a and Hawai'iloa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the perpetuation of Hawaiian canoe building traditions and values.

The event is scheduled to start around 8 a.m., and end around 1:30 p.m.


Clinic at UH: Coaches of all levels, athletic trainers and those in the fitness industry are invited to the Hawai'i Strength Coaches Clinic at the University of Hawai'i's Alexander Waterhouse Training Facility next Saturday.

The clinic is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A networking social will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $75 and includes a shirt and lunch. There is a $35 cancellation fee.

For more information, contact Tommy Heffernan at theffern@hawaii.edu or 956-7882.

Basketball league: Teams interested in participating in an adult (Class C) basketball league should contact Pat at 286-1864. Games will be played at Booth District Park on Friday nights, starting Feb. 19. Game times are from 6 p.m. The cost is $575 per team.