Pu`uwai, Kaiola, Hanalei teams win at Oahu regatta

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.

Pu`uwai

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

two minutes.

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

Kaiola

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.

Diane

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

Kailua.

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.

Hanalei also

captured a top finish in the Senior Master Men competition with a time of

1:12:44:80.

The event was sponsored by the Waikiki Beach Boys Canoe

Club.

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