Hanalei CC takes accident-marred regatta

The Hanalei Canoe Club jumped out to a lead in the first four events of Na Opio division and held on for top overall standings before the regatta was canceled, Saturday.

Hanalei took a second place in the Girls 10 and Under race to Namolokama, but came back for a first finish in the Boys 10 and Under class for an overall 25-16 point differential with Namolokama.

From that point, Hanalei soared to the top of Na ‘Opio division, finishing with 118 points collected on seven first finishes, eight second-place finishes and a pair of third-place finishes.

Kaiola Canoe Club, taking its opening first place finish in the Girls 13 and Under division with a dominating finish (2:19.77) over Hanalei (2:27.42) and Kilohana (2:32.70), went on to finish second in Na ‘Opio with 83 points coming from three first finishes, four second-places, six third-place finishes and a fourth finish.

Kilohana Canoe Club, taking five first finishes in the first 10 events, finished third in Na ‘Opio with 75 points.

With 10 events remaining when the regatta was stopped due to a water accident, Kaiola was creeping up on the Hanalei standings with five first finishes to Hanalei’s one in 11 events.

At that point, Hanalei had collected 206 points on a first finish, three second places, three third finishes, a fourth finish and two fifth places. Kaiola ended the day with 170 points.

According to a working calendar from the Garden Island Racing Canoe Association, there will be a Pu‘uwai Music Festival and Lu‘au taking place at the Lihu‘e Community Center.

The next race is scheduled for June 28 when the Hanalei Canoe Club hosts the Tai Hook Regatta in Hanalei.

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