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Margin drawing closer and closer in summer regattas
June 23, 2014 - Robert Collias
It was the first regatta of 2003 when Hawaiian Canoe Club last lost a Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association event, but it almost happened on Saturday at Kahului Harbor.
Three events to go this summer to see if Kihei Canoe Club can break HCC's current streak of 81 straight. The state regatta on Aug. 2 at Keehi Lagoon could be a 1-2 Maui punch.
Here's the start of my story from Sunday's paper on Saturday'sd Kamehameha Regatta:
KAHULUI - Hawaiian Canoe Club has won the last 81 Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association regattas, dating back to 2003, but none was more dramatic than Saturday's event at Kahului Harbor.
The defending state champion held on for a 153-151 victory over Kihei Canoe Club on Saturday in a Kamehameha Regatta that kept the beachfront at Kahului Harbor buzzing.
"It's really exciting - at the ending, we are really watching what we are doing," HCC keiki coach Paul Luuwai said. "It's like a heavyweight fight. We are kind of slugging at each other, they knock us down, we knock them down."
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