Ocean fun in the summer sun – Kauwela Ocean Triathlon

The all-day ocean triathlon including ocean sports swimming, paddle-boarding and one-man outrigger canoeing will be held tomorrow in Kalapaki Bay.

For participants or simply spectating, the event is an all-day summer celebration of water-related sports and activities. Kauwela refers to “summer” in Hawaiian, the winter event of the same nature was the Hoilo Ocean Challenge, which took place several months ago. The all-day event begins with early morning registration at 7 a.m.

Participants deciding to do all three events as solo competitors will go first at 7:30 a.m. Following the solo competition, the teams of three persons (each doing one sport) will begin. Following will be the stand-up paddle-board relay and time permitting, four-man canoe races. Then starting at noon, the four-man surfing canoe contest will begin. Teams are scored by size of wave, length of ride and tricks performed.

“It is a great spectator sport and hardly experienced here on the island,” writes Laola Aea, coordinator of the event. There is an entry fee for participating for all events except for the stand-up paddle-board and four-man races. Kau Inoa will be present for those wishing to place their names on the Hawaiian ancestry registry. For more information and event hotline, call Chris Kauwe at 652-8897 or Laola Aea at 639-6696.

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