HI-PAL Boxing returned to Kohala Saturday night, February 25, after 20 years. A nice crowd was on hand at the gym cheering on the boxers, ranging in age from 8 to 18. There were 12 bouts featuring tremendous action and great sportsmanship. Male and female boxers came from many different clubs, including, HIBC, Yeshua, Laupahoehoe, Kailua-Kona, Perry, Eastside, and from Oahu, Boxfit808.
HI-PAL is the Hawaiʻi Isle Police Activities League; the program provides social and athletic activities for youths of Hawaiʻi Island between the ages of 5-17 without duplicating activities provided by the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation.
A huge Mahalo goes to Officer KJ from the Kohala Police Department for organizing the event. The action began promptly at 6pm with the National Anthem and all the boxers in the ring for introductions and good sportsmanship. The night ended about 8:30pm. There was a short intermission before the final 3 bouts allowing the excited fans to buy food and talk story.
All the bouts were competitive and full of action and good sportsmanship.
The entire event was broadcast live on KNKR, 96.1 FM, featuring play by play by Kaleio (DJ Brown), with commenting from Bob Martin & Len Winkler.
The next Big Island boxing event takes place at Thelma Parker Gym on March 25.