Triathlon returnsKaua’i Ocean Festival event to benefit Kaua`i Food Bank

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.

Final

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.

Event

coordinators are asking for volunteers for this event, and interested people

may contact Helen at 246-3809 for more information or signups.

The race

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.

Spectators

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.

Sunday’s

entertainment lineup includes Ilima Rivera, Larry and Lurline Rivera and the

Tongue and Groove Band with an appearance by Miss Kaua`i 2000.

This year,

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.

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