Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association receives Ahahui Grant

LIHUE — The Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association has received a $5,000 Ahahui Grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in support of the 2013 HCRA State Championship Regatta.

“OHA has been a steadfast supporter of the HCRA State Championship Regatta, and we are humbled that OHA chose HCRA to receive an Ahahui grant from among the many applications it received,” said HCRA President Walter Vierra. “HCRA’s mission is to provide education and instruction in Hawaiian culture through canoeing and to encourage, maintain and perpetuate authentic Hawaiian canoe racing in the state of Hawaii complements OHA’s purpose of working to improve the lives of the Native Hawaiian community.”

The 2013 HCRA State Championship Regatta will be held at Hanalei Bay on August 3. The first event begins at 8:15 a.m. The regatta is open to the public at no charge and racing concludes prior to sunset. HCRA will crown individual champions in 41 events and club winners in four divisions.

Each summer nearly 10,000 outrigger canoe paddlers race at weekly regattas in the state’s four counties to determine who will be representing their island association and canoe club at the annual Championship Regatta. It represents the best crews from HCRA’s six island associations.

“We look forward to enjoying the rare beauty of Kauai and hospitality of the island association, Garden Island Canoe Racing Association,” said HCRA Race Commissioner Bo Campos. “OHA’s grant makes it possible for us to stage a well-run regatta.”  

Final results of the State Championship Regatta may be found at www.hcrapaddler.com.

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