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Weighty ambitions

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Gary Kawamura, 65, is a weightlifter who has hopes of competing in the 2017 World Masters Games to break world records for his age class. A longtime weightlifter, he has battled health issues in recent years, such as a stroke and sciatica, but hopes to motivate others to stay fit even at an older age. Kawa­mura is pictured doing an Olympic squat with 242 pounds, almost twice his body weight.
  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
    “Since they are stronger than me, it gives me inspiration to train harder, knowing that I can only do what my body will allow me to do each time I step into the weight room,” Kawa­mura said of his younger training partners. He is shown adding weights to a bar at the Nuu­anu YMCA.

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