Ira & Barbara Kekaualua ’23 LD Race

The Hilo weather was nice for the Hui Waʻa ʻO Waiākea club race on Saturday, June 3rd. With keiki’s lined up for the short course of 3 miles followed by the 6 mile long course for adults.

Photos Courtesy of Maile Nunez

Short Course

We didn’t have any keiki racing from our club this race but it was a good turn out of 30 canoes for the short course. Top honors went to Kamehameha’s Boys 13 in 18:39 with the Hoemana’s Girls 13 finishing just 13 seconds behind them. In fact a lot of close finishers in that race which made for great spectator action.

Long Course

On the long course, that was a different scene as we fielded multiple canoes in a fleet of 46. Here’s their overall results:

  • 1st Overall (unlimited): Open Men (Brawn Albino, Grant Kauahi, Kama Leeloy, Tyler Makaiwi, MARIO MAUSIO, ROBERT WHITNEY JR.)
  • 9th Overall: Open Men (Laʻa Kamakawiwoʻole, Keao Kiyuna, Nathan Osorio, Denis Perdomo, Kwai Chang Publico, Paco Sanchez Tusie)
  • 20th Overall: Men Novice: (Sam Carlos, Mike Enos, Jeffrey Laasch Chandler, Casey Morris, Rick Myers, Jonah Villiarimo)
  • 25th Overall: Women Open: (Paige Breen-Page, Kawena Brooks, Kawai Kauahi, Kauilani Marquez, Michelle Melendez, Liana Prudholm)
  • 31st Overall: Women Open: (Rena Kiyuna, Crystal Martinez, CRYSTAL NICOLAS, Alexia-Marie Osburn, Corrina Publico, Leiana Reyes)
  • 38th Overall: Women Novice: (Lisa Eller, Katie Friday, Haunani Miyasato, Junko Nozawa, Maile Nunez, Linda Santiago)
  • 45th Overall: Women Novice: (Jackie Ahia, Ashley Kahiapo, Syrissa Sacca, Thelma Tomich, Kehau Usui, Nikki Vierra)

Full Results

Full results overall and by division:

Congratulations to the unlimited crew for putting a fire to whole fleet and making them chase them around the course. Also to all the novice paddlers who continue to be a force on the water and comprised 1/2 of our entries with 3 canoes! Keep up the hard work. You’ll see it pay off in time as you work together and develop speed and endurance. Garans!