ourtesy of GAYLENE PALAMASpecial to The Garden Island
WAILUA— Kaua`i canoe clubs came home with five first places from the Bud Light
Waikiki Beach Boys Invitational canoe races held on Oahu recently.
Mixed Team members Gayleen Palama, Kona Duarte, Brian Carter, Pam Phillips, Lot
Botalo, and Karlene Mara captured First on Beach Overall honors in the Mixed
Open competition with a time of 1:16:29:15 over the course that ran from Magic
Island to Black Point and back, besting second place finisher Anuenue by over
This was the second year that Pu`uwai earned the win in the
division that saw Hanalei end in sixth place with a 1:20:35:31 time. Kaiola
finnished 11th in the Mixed Open class on a time of 1:24:10:79
topped the Open Women class behind the crewing of Ann Alo, Katy Otsuji, Melissa
Hall, Dawn Gates, Valerie Wilson, and Mary Godec. The crew beached the win
less than 20 seconds ahead of second place finisher Lokahi, stopping the clock
at 1:19:10:02 with Lokahi coming in at 1:19:28:53.
Another Kaiola crew
paddling in the same race, clocked in at 1:23:46:06, good enough for a fourth
finish, but was disqualified for making a wrong turn on the course.
McClaine-Hansen, Jackie Burke, Cheryl Villegas, Mary Brewer, Katy Curtis, and
Paula Crabb crewed the winning Pu`uwai Master Women’s team that took the class
with a time of 1:16:59:11, over four minutes ahead of second place
The Hanalei team off Mark Daniels, Diane Daniels, Ricky Ham Young,
Karen Neil, Laura Check, and Jimmy Jasper topped the Mix Masters division on a
time of 1:19:50:70 over the second place Kai Poha team.
captured a top finish in the Senior Master Men competition with a time of
The event was sponsored by the Waikiki Beach Boys Canoe