LIHUE — Dana Miyake of the Kauai Hoe Wa‘a said the $1,000 award from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, doing business as Alamo, National, and Enterprise rent a car, Monday was like winning the publisher’s clearinghouse.
“This is the first year Enterprise has awarded help to the Kauai Hoe Wa‘a,” said Samira Siale of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. “A portion of the award will help support the Kauai World Challenge that took place on May 11.”
Warwich Gray was the overall winner of the 34-mile coastal relay that started at the Kapaa Beach Park and traversing the island’s south shore, ending at the Salt Pond Beach Park. He did the trek aboard a Stand-Up Paddleboard in 2 hours, 1 minute, and 25.8 seconds, more than four minutes ahead of second place finisher Daniel Judd who touched the sand at 2:05.41.7.
The Kai Wa‘a Wahine team was the first female finisher, hitting the beach in 4:49.58.9 aboard an OC1. The Convoy Crushers was the first female/male team finisher, stopping the clock at 4:20:39.5.
Kauai Hoe Wa‘a Association, whose racing calendar includes 10 races annually, including three preseason races, and the Kauai World Challenge, was founded to encourage, maintain and perpetuate one-man outrigger canoe racing. The association’s goal is to teach, train, and expose men and women to the sport of Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe paddling, both locally and internationally.
The Enterprise Holdings Foundation was established in 1982 to give back to communities where partners and employees live and work. Since its start, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation has contributed more than $4 million to thousands of local nonprofit organizations focused on community improvement, education, and environmental stewardship.