By Lori Okami
Good Friday was a full day of beautiful bodies strutting the stage in Rey and Pebblz Ronquilio’s top notched show for Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure and Bikini contestants.
The Jr. Stingrey young men opened the show and, I must admit, they posed like seasoned veterans. Hats off to these high schoolers. Keep it up!
In the Men’s Novice division, there were 5 lightweight, 10 middleweight and 5 heavyweight competitors. Here are the winners in each division:
1st place – Edgar Agonias, Jr.
2nd place – Bradley Ramos
3rd place – Sheldon Goya
1st place – Justin Sabio
2nd place – Kelly Valdez
3rd place – Herbert Carino
1st place – Alan Banas (Alan also won the Overall title and is my personal pic for Best Chest in the show!)
2nd place – Kevin Parmenter
3rd place – Skyler Fisher
I also want to recognize a couple other competitors in this category because they caught my attention. Props to middleweight competitor Neil Akai who gets my thumbs up for having the Best Arms of the show! I also want to call attention to another young man, Justin Lopez in the middleweight class who appears to have a great foundation to build on—you go!
Next was the Women’s Physique division (a relatively new category that recognizes moderate musculature and definition—somewhat between Bodybuilding and Figure standards). Here are the results:
1st place – Shauna Perry
2nd place – Ailina Eddins
3rd place – Lisa Koehn
The Men’s Masters division followed with two weight classes: Light and Heavy. These were the winners:
1st place – Chad Machado
2nd place – Daniel Arce
3rd place – Eassie Soares-Haae
1st place – Stan Aio (Stan clearly won the Overall title and he is my pick for the Best Body of the Show! Great job Stan!)
2nd place – David Feathera
3rd place – Allen Mahuka
In the Women’s Masters division, we saw more familiar faces. There were also two divisions: short and tall.
1st place – Masayo Shibata (Masayo also took the Overall award. Congrats Masayo!)
2nd place – Melanie Tantisira
3rd place – Michell Thompson
1st place – Brandy Petersen
2nd place – Tanya Phillips
3rd place – Cathleen Huntley
I’d like to also recognize Tall class competitor, Tanya Borabora, who entered having lost 105 lbs. Wow! For that alone, you deserve an award. Congratulations Tanya!!!
The Women’s Figure division drew a fair number of contestants in three classes: Short (6), Medium (2), and Tall (7).
1st place – Alexandra Cambra (Alexandra also won the Overall title.)
2nd place – Tyra Padello
3rd place - Noe Hokoana
1st place – Tami Mahuka
2nd place – Kerilyn Zinsman
1st place – Olya Meek
2nd place – Stefanie Basso
3rd place – Tabitha Ramirez
The Men’s Open division came next with 5 weight classes: Bantamweight (1), Lightweight (2), Middleweight (2), Light Heavyweight (3) and Heavyweight (3).
1st place – David Meek (David held his own with the big guys and came into the show in great form overall.)
1st place – Mark Agustin
2nd place – Kaleo Garcia
1st place – William Prince
2nd place – Anson Acain
1st place – Kendric Tyler
2nd place – Shaun Perry
3rd place – William Walton (Props to William who is a cancer survivor!)
1st place – Chad Mahuka (Chad also won the Overall title.)
2nd place – Amren Kekahuna
3rd place – Nick Lenzy
The popular Bikini division drew 25 competitors in two classes: Short (14) and Tall (11).
1st place – Bernice Maglalang (Bernice also took the Overall title. She was very pretty and had gorgeous skin that looked like butter-not kidding!)
2nd place – Lindsey Kamakana
3rd place – Stephany Sanchez
1st place – Amy Morgan
2nd place – Kristin Chong (who came with a huge cheering section, complete with signs!)
3rd place – Ann Carvalho
And last but not least, the Men’s Physique division where beach body type men strut their stuff in board shorts. There were 20 men in this division: Short (8) and Tall (12).
1st place – Evan Arakawa
2nd place – Wayne Kouchi
3rd place – Tony Hansen
1st place – Kenneth Parker (Kenneth also took the Overall title.)
2nd place – Jeffery Velazquez
3rd place – Christopher DiPrete
My final comments go out to all the competitors. I know how hard the training and diet are and, no matter what the outcome, you all deserve recognition for your hard work! Be proud of the effort you’ve made. Not everyone can handle the rigors of competition. My advice to those who want to continue to compete in Hawaii and in the sport period, review the judges scores and get feedback from the judges themselves. (Contact the Head Judge.) Most will make notes throughout the show and can offer valuable advice to help you improve. Nothing irks me more than competitors who look the same year after year, complain about their placing and never look into how they could be better. Like anything else, to do well it’s about continuous improvement.
Mahalo Rey and Pebblz for your tireless effort in putting together a grand show for all these competitors and to help the sport thrive!
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