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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, June 16, 2002

Coleman highlights Hawai'i contest

Advertiser Staff

Johnnie Jackson won overall title at 2001 NPC Championships.

Ronald Coleman, the reigning Mr. Olympia, will be one of the guest posers at the 24th Hawaiian Islands bodybuilding championship June 28 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.

The championship is regarded as the state's top bodybuilding competition and is a national qualifier, meaning the winner will qualify for any national competition.

In addition to the Hawaiian Islands championship, the event also will include the Junior Hawaiian Islands, the over-35 master's championships and a women's fitness contest that is also a national qualifier.

Tanji Johnson will be a guest poser at the Hawai'i event.
Coleman won the 2001 Mr. Olympia and the Arnold Classic. Coleman, a police officer in Arlington, Texas, is 5 feet 11 inches and 300 pounds.

Other guest posers are Johnnie Jackson, who won the light heavyweight division and overall title at the 2001 NPC National Championship, and Tanji Johnson, who won the 2001 National Fitness Championship.

All seats are reserved and cost $41, $36, $31, $26 or $21. Tickets are available at Mits' Basic Foods, Inc., inside Hawai'i Athletic Club; 24 Hour Fitness at Kapi'olani, Mililani and Kaneohe; Ticket Outlets; and the Blaisdell box office.

Notes: Also scheduled to perform are singer Janel Parrish, 13, and comedian Hillel Gitter. ... The Hawaiian Islands championships is dedicated to Karen Hirasa, 55, late daughter of event promoters Mits and Dot Kawashima. Hirasa managed her parents' health food store, Mits' Basic Foods. She died June 2. Long-time family friend, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was the master of ceremonies of the event in its early years, was one of the eulogizers at a June 6 ceremony at the Hosoi Mortuary.