Five Kauai kids headed to Maui meet

LIHUE — Chloe Inouye, 9, said she is going to Maui for the doughnuts.

Inouye is one of five Mokihana Aquatics swimmers who qualified to compete in the 42nd annual Coach Soichi Sakamoto Invitational Long Course swim meet May 28 and 29 on Maui.

“I want to have the ice cream,” said Leigh Idica, 10, another of the swimmers.

“We want the doughnuts and the ice cream,” the duo said in symphony.

Inouye and Idica will be joined by Ian Raquel, 10, Tyler Tanaka, 11, and Kamaira Silva, 11.

“It’s not just fun and games,” said Mokihana Aquatics coach Orlando “O” Anaya. “It’s good they can have fun, but they each have goals they need to strive for at the meet.”

Anaya said Raquel has a state qualifying time, but will age up just before the state meet.

“He needs to get some HI AA times in his new age group,” Anaya said.

Idica will be eyeing her first state qualifying time during the Sakamoto meet, and for Inouye, coach Anaya said she’s already gotten state qualifying times.

“She needs to improve on those times,” he said.

For the two veterans, Tanaka and Silva, Anaya said they need to improve on their state time standards.

Mokihana Aquatics swimmers will have the unique experience of swimming in a long course pool.

“The Sakamoto meet on Maui is always fun,” he said.


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