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Meadow Gold Dairies of Hawaii is calling all babies to enter its 57th annual Healthy Baby Contest to promote the importance of health and nutrition at an early age. Contestants will be judged on physical appearance, healthiness and personality. The contest is open to babies born between Dec. 9, 2007, and Jan. 9, 2009. To enter the October contest, register by Sept. 26 at


Disabled athlete inspires others

Kona resident Jason Lester, a physically challenged extreme athlete, will discuss his new book, "Running on Faith," at 2 p.m. next Saturday at Borders bookstore at Ala Moana Center.

"Running on Faith: The Principles, Passion, and Pursuit of a Winning Life" will be released next month by HarperOne (under HarperCollins Publishers).

Originally from Arizona, Lester was 12 when a speeding car ran a red light, breaking 21 bones and paralyzing his right arm. His book offers readers nine lessons that helped him to achieve his dreams and the tools to overcome adversity, according to Julie Burton, a HarperOne publicist. Lester also realized God’s guiding hand in his life.

He completed the 2004 Ironman World Championship in Kona, where he took up residence, and continued training even harder. He became the first disabled athlete to complete the Ultraman World Championship in 2008. In 2009 he won an ESPY Award for Best Disabled Male Athlete.

He is the founder of the Never Stop Foundation, an organization dedicated to bettering the lives of children and adults through athletics. A center is scheduled to be built in Kona next year.


Concert to offer Liliuokalani’s music

Kawaiahao Church is inviting the community to a free "Musical Tribute to Her Majesty Queen Liliuokalani" Aug. 29 at 4 p.m.

The concert will offer songs written by queen, performed by the Kawaiahao Church Choir, Kawaiolaonapukanileo Vocal Ensemble, Scelto and Naleokuhookahi Vocal Ensembles and the Colla Voce Vocal Ensemble.

Ardis Gomes will be the featured dancer. Organ recitalist Gregory Bietz will perform works by Joseph Jongen, Jean Langais and J.S. Bach.

The church is at 957 Punchbowl St. Call 532-1260 for information.


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