JULY 2-Charlotte Smith catches a 915-pound blue marlin off the Palaoa Point lighthouse on Lanai's southwest corner. The fish was the third-largest blue marlin on record caught by a female angler since 1980, and the 14th-largest overall for Lahaina or Maalaea since 1972 - as well as the harbors' biggest since 2008. Smith was aboard Bertram Ikaika Kai with captains Kamal Pfeifle and Neil Preston, as well as Atul Madan. Two Maui Pony baseball teams complete 4-0 runs through their state tournaments at Central Oahu Regional Park. The 13 team defeats Windward Oahu 12-4, and the 9-10 team beats Mililani Blue 5-0.
JULY 8-Champions are recognized after the three-day Makawao Rodeo at Oskie Rice Arena. Kaile Jacobson and Brad Apo are named all-around champions, and are among four double winners. They form the mixed dally roping championship team, while Jacobson also wins in wahine breakaway, and Apo in double mugging. Liloa Akoi wins in wahine steer undecorating and wahine barrel racing, and Rory Souza in double mugging and steer wrestling. The bull-riding title goes to Sale Sproat. The other winners are R.J. Masada (po'o wai u), Daniel Jacintho and Barry Ewing (dally team roping), Kanoa Dickson (calf roping), Wendell and Henry Wong (century team roping), Keanu Kamai (keiki barrel racing), Levi Higa (junior barrel racing), Eli Higa (sheep riding) and Isaiah Asing (junior bull riding).
JULY 13-The Maui County Council announces approval of a contract with the EA Sports Maui Invitational that will keep the tournament at the Lahaina Civic Center through at least 2020.
Maile Masada competes in breakaway calf roping during the Makawao Rodeo at Oskie Rice Arena in July.
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JULY 14-Hawaiian Canoe Club wins the John Wilmington III Regatta at Kahului Harbor, clinching a 28th straight Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association championship. The Maui Marathon announces a three-year deal with Japanese travel agency JTB to serve as the race's title sponsor.
JULY 17-Double Take becomes the first boat to complete the Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race, covering the course from British Columbia to the waters off Honokowai - more than 2,300 nautical miles - in 10 days, 12 hours, 34 minutes. Double Take, skippered by Tom Huseby out of Seattle, would also win on corrected time.
JULY 20-Baldwin High School graduate Cassy Isagawa wins the Hawaii State Women's Match Play Championship, defeating Lisa Kang 3 and 1 at Oahu Country Club.
JULY 22-The Central East Maui All-Stars defeat Pearl City 7-6 in the Hawaii State Little League juniors (13-14) championship game at Halawa District Park in Aiea, Oahu. Tanner Hendrickson of Haiku claims his first major Association of Surfing Professionals title, winning the four-star Quiksilver Surf Open Acapulco. Hendrickson beats Leigh Sedley of Australia 12.03-5.04 in the final.
JULY 26-Hawaii wins the Girls Junior America's Cup, finishing the three-round event at the Wailea Gold Course with an even-par total of 648, one shot better than Southern California. The Hawaii team comprises Oahu golfers - Eimi Koga, Rose Huang, Ciera Min and Mariel Galdiano.
JULY 28-Micah Buzianis, Mike Yasak and Deniz Bicakci each win two titles in the Neil Pryde Hawaii State Windsurfing Championship at Kanaha Beach Park. Buzianis finishes first in 40-49 and pro A, Yasak is the men's 50-59 and pro B champion and Bicakci wins in juniors and expert. The other winners are Todd MacFarlane (60 and over), Tamara Bockius (women), Dax Barker (menehune), Griffin Freysinger (semipro), Argentina Jimenez-Bonilla (advanced) and Dan Ellis (men's 19-39). Ellis, Yasak and Bockius won all five of the season's Maui Race Series events.
JULY 29-Connor Baxter of Makawao defends his title at the Molokai-to-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, breaking his own course record in the stand-up paddle division by finishing the 32-mile trek across the Kaiwi Channel in a time of 4 hours, 13 minutes, 26 seconds. In the women's stand-up race, Haiku's Talia Gangini wins in 4:55:02. Brad Gaul wins the elite paddleboard race in 4:43:54 - Jamie Mitchell, who won his 10th consecutive title in 2011, did not compete in 2012. Jordan Mercer repeats as the female paddleboard champ, in 5:34:53. Kela Kauhaahaa, Jaymen Luna and Joseph Kauhaahaa of Queen Emma Athletic Club win weightlifting gold medals at the Junior Olympics in Houston. Luna has total lifts of 200 kilograms (85 in snatch, 115 in clean and jerk) to win the boys 18-19 year old, 62-kilogram class. Joseph Kauhaahaa snatches 107 and clean and jerks 140 for a total of 247, winning the 16-17, 94-kilograms-and-over class. Kela Kauhaahaa snatches 41 and clean and jerks 48 for a total of 89 to win the girls 12-13, 58-kilogram class.
JULY 31-Shane Victorino, the only Maui-born All-Star in Major League Baseball history, is traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team that originally drafted the outfielder in 1999.