LIHU`E — Following a 10-year absence, an exciting Kaua`i Triathlon will return
to Kaua`i on Saturday, June 24 as one of the many events in the Coors Light
Kaua`i Ocean Festival, a benefit for the Kaua`i Food Bank.
registration will be at 6:30 a.m. on the day of the event with advance
registration forms available at the Kaua`i Food Bank, KQNG Radio, the Kukui
Grove Management Office, and all IGA/Big Save Supermarkets.
coordinators are asking for volunteers for this event, and interested people
may contact Helen at 246-3809 for more information or signups.
itself will be a 2/3-mile swim from the end of Nawiliwili Jetty to the sands of
Kalapaki Beach followed by a 5-mile run to Kipu Road, and a 22-mile bike run
onto Grove Farm properties through the Haupu Ridge Tunner, down to the Koloa
Mill, and back up by way of Maluhia Road up to the Knedsen’s gap (tree tunnel)
and back to Kalapaki via the Kipu by-pass road. The top three finishers for
men and women will receive trophies with age division winners getting a
certificate with survivor medals. The Kaua’i Ocean Festival is a two-day event
of a dozen or more races or contests including the Princeville Resort
PaddleBoard/LongBoard Races, the Kaua`i Electric/Kaua`i Outfitters Kaua`i Rough
Water Swim, the 101 Ways to Calm Water Swim, the Hyatt Regency Canoe Races,
HMSA Body-Boarding Contest, Mid-Pac Auto Center/Kaua`i Legislators Kalapaki Bay
Eco-Challenge, Tropical Tantrum A/B Draw Volleyball, Mutual Publishing Ohana
Beach Volleyball, and the Big Save/IGA Life-Saving Exhibition.
will find viewing easy with portable bleachers being provided along Nawiliwili
Park and the jetty road. Admission is free to the Kaua`i Ocean Festival, and on
Saturday, entertainment will include Sam Ahia, Tommy Tokioka and the Tribal
Union Band, REVIVAL, Healani’s Hula Halau, and Maluhia.
entertainment lineup includes Ilima Rivera, Larry and Lurline Rivera and the
Tongue and Groove Band with an appearance by Miss Kaua`i 2000.
the Kaua`i Ocean Festival offers an adults-only beer garden and refreshment
tent, Hawaiian crafts and vendor booths, food by the Princeville chefs, a
silent auction featuring traditional items including weekend get-aways to Maui
and at the Hilton Waikoloa on the Big Island and a chance to win a trip for two
to Las Vegas courtesy of California Holidays and Royal Hawaiian Holidays, and a
water-slide/keiki corner by Garden Isle Inflatables.
“This event offers
something for everyone in the family,” said Kaua`i Mayor Maryanne Kusaka. “The
County of Kaua`i is supporting the Ocean Festival, and the State of Hawai`i is
providing support through the Department of Land and Natural Resources.” For
more information about the triathlon, contact Randy Honjo at 651-3195.