Namolokama paddlers strong in N.Y.

Namolokama finished the 2008 Liberty World Outrigger Competition with two firsts and a second place finish in New York.

In that event the Namolokama womens and mixed teams topped those divisions with finishes of 2:06.35 and 1:50.47, respectively.

The men’s Namolokama team finished with a second place on a paddle of 1:49.08.

“The real story of this year’s Liberty competition was the Kaua‘i participation,” said Kathleen Kelly in an e-mail with the results from the event held over the weekend. “This is in no small part courtesy of Bob Keane of Suite Paradise and Mike Balik.”

In the women’s competition, Kaua‘i continued to show strong as Niumalu’s Senior Masters finished with a first place on a 2:23.29 paddle.

“The best story is the Niumalu Senior Masters team,” Kelly said. “The youngest member of the Niumalu team was 55 and the oldest is 63. Not only did they exhibit grace, courtesy and respect, but they smoked the young’uns.”

Niumalu picked up another trophy when its Mixed team finished third in the Open competition with a 1:51.58 run, a little more than a minute behind the first-finishing Namolokama team.

The Kaiola Mixed team finished in fourth place in Open competition with a 2:07.40 to round out the Kaua‘i accomplishments in New York.

Kelly said that one of the Kaiola Canoe Club people did video of the race and some of the segments were aired over the Channel 9 news in Hawai‘i, Sunday night.

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