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Home of the  Hanama`ulu Hillsiders

Saturday, February 19, 2011
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Karl Lo Photos

The Hanama`ulu Hillsiders in their 2011 uniform 
Left to right -- Front Row: Rudy Villon, Philip Delos Reyes, William Sasil, Ernie Domingo, Peter Rayno Jr., Angel Madrid, Pauline Ibia.  Second Row:  Cecilia Wood, Kenneth Tamashiro, Lily Tamashiro, Greg Santos, Godfrey Perriera, Joe Bertucci, Clifford Lee, Danette Lee, Gloria Madrid, George Ramos.

The Hanama`ulu Hillsiders, one of eight teams in the Kaua`i Senior Citizen Softball Association, was victorious over the West Kaua`i Seniors of Kalaheo on Saturday, February 19, 2011.

Peter Rayno Sr. Park is, of course, the home field of the Hillsiders, who spent countless hours in December, January, and February sprucing up the park for the first home game of the season, which began on February 12 at Wailua Houselots Park and will close with the playoffs/championship on July 23.  The state tournament will be in Kona from August 2 - 4, 2011.

Clifford Lee, owner of C & D Towing LLC ...
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Sponsor of the Hanama`ulu Hillsiders

Hanama`ulu Hillsiders' Home Games 2011

Feb. 19 -- 10:15: vs. West Kaua`i
Apr. 9 --  9:00: vs. East Kaua`i
June 11 --  9:00: vs. Lihu`e

Home game at Peter Rayno Sr. Park
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Sat., Feb. 19: Hillsiders vs. West Kaua`i Seniors (Kalaheo)

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Hanama`ulu's 
Peter Rayno Sr. Park

Historical Background

Hanama`ulu Town’s community park is named in honor of Peter Rayno Sr., who coached the famous Hanama`ulu Whiz Kids, a softball team of teenage boys who won the Lihue Plantation Athletic Association championship in October 1955, an achievement that many continue to extol today. 


Also, Rayno coached with Lucas Garcia, a fellow Hanama`uluan, the Lihue Plantation Unit 71 of Local 142. The team won the 9th annual State ILWU Softball Championship Tournament held in Hilo in May 1964 as well as the 10th tournament held in Honolulu in 1965.  In 1966,  the team was  championship runner-up.

Born in Waipahu on April 27, 1919, Peter Rayno Sr. came to Kaua`i when he was 18-years-old, and he had been a resident of Hanama`ulu for 37 years when he died on August 2, 1974. A truck driver with Lihue Plantation until he left the plantation in 1959, he was with Kaua`i Surf at the time of his death at age 55.

In 1978, Lihue Plantation, owner of Hanama`ulu Park, ended its lease to the County of Kaua`i by donating the 3.5 acres of land to the county. In 1983, Hanama`ulu's own Eddie Sarita, who was serving his fourth term on the County Council,

Left: Peter Rayno Jr., coach
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Right: Ernie Domingo, assistant coach

Missing from Hanama`ulu Hillsiders group photo ...
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Skip Caycayon

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Lily Tamashiro, score keeper

Peter Rayno Sr. | Circa 1959
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Peter Rayno Jr. Collection

introduced a resolution to name the park PETER RAYNO SR. PARK, in honor of Hanama`ulu's sports whiz. Today, the park serves Hanama`ulu both as a community park and a playground for King Kaumuali`i Elementary School.

Today, the park serves Hanama`ulu both as a community park and a playground for King Kaumuali`i Elementary School.


Peter Rayno Jr., coach of  Hanama`ulu Hillsiders, and Angel Madrid played for the Hanama`ulu Whiz Kids.


SOURCES:  

The Garden Island. Aug. 5, 1974 A2:2 

The Lihue Plantation News. Oct, 1955, Feb. 1958, May 1964, May 1965, April 1966 .

Peter Rayno Jr.  Feb. 2005.

(Copyright 2005/2011:  Catherine Pascual Lo)

 

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