OCT. 6-Keli Everett wins the air show at the Steve Cooney Surf Contest at Hookipa Beach Park. Tai Vandyke places first in the open men/pro-am division, and Lani Silva takes the open women's title. The other winners are Eric Roberson (super mini grom) Jackson Bunch (mini grom), Payce Duryea (menehune), Ean Kimmel (grom), Chaz Kinoshita (junior men) and Sophie Johnston (teeny wahine). Kaipo Soledad is named most outstanding grommet, Tasha Jahrmarkt receives the academic excellence award and the good sportsmanship prize goes to Connor Prados.
OCT. 7-Baldwin High School graduate Kurt Suzuki makes his debut in the Major League Baseball postseason, going 1-for-3 with an RBI single for the Washington Nationals in a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of a National League Division Series.
OCT. 13-Lisa Judge wins the Lester Hamai Memorial women's golf tournament low-gross title, carding a 78 at Maui Country Club. Sharen Sylva is the net winner, with a 61.
Bernd Roediger performs on the way to winning the American Windsurfing Tour’s Maui Makani Classic title at Hookipa Beach Park in October.
Richard Pechner photo
OCT. 20-Seabury Hall rallies from 12 points down and beats Molokai 20-19 in Kaunakakai to clinch first place in the first official season of eight-player football in the Maui Interscholastic League.
OCT. 21-Healani wins the three-day Maui Nui Canoe Race. The team has a total time of 11 hours, 20 minutes over three legs - from Maliko Bay to Kamalo, Molokai; from Molokai to Hulopoe, Lanai; and from Lanai to Hanaka'o'o (Canoe) Beach Park. Maui Linen (12:28) is the women's champion, and Calgary, the lone mixed team, has a time of 13:43.
OCT. 26-Dakota Grossman wins her third consecutive state cross country title at Hawaii Preparatory Academy on the Big Island, helping Seabury Hall claim the inaugural Division II team crown. The Kamehameha Maui girls volleyball team defeats Baldwin 25-15, 25-11, 25-9 in the MIL Division I tournament final, finishing the league season 14-0 and claiming a ninth straight MIL championship.
OCT. 27-Willie Schefer wins the Xterra Duke's Beach House Kapalua 10K Trail Run, covering the course that starts and ends at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and takes runners into the West Maui mountains, in 37 minutes, 4 seconds. Christine Schleifer claims the female championship for the second time, in 41:46. Benjamin Auerbach wins the 5K in 19:40, and Dakota Grossman is the female champion for the third time, in 21:43. The MIL football season concludes with Baldwin defeating King Kekaulike 21-0 at War Memorial Stadium in a game called at halftime due to a tsunami warning issued midway through the second quarter. Seabury Hall completes a perfect run through the six games of the MIL's inaugural eight-player football season by defeating Hana 48-8 in Olinda.
OCT. 28-Javier Gomez wins the Xterra World Championship Off-Road Triathlon, a title that caps one of the best seasons in the sport's history. Gomez's finish, in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 50 seconds, adds the West Maui crown to his victory in the International Triathlon Union World Grand Final, and the silver medal he earned in the London Olympics. Lesley Patterson wins her second straight Xterra world title in 2:44:11, bettering by 1:48 the course record she set the previous year.
OCT. 31-Bernd Roediger, a 16-year-old from Kahului, wins the American Windsurfing Tour's Maui Makani Classic. Roediger defeats runner-up Kevin Pritchard twice in the double-elimination event to claim the title. The team aboard Alele - captain Keola Kingsley, Bill Castor, Justin Oho and Hans Kaapuna - wins the Johnny Baldwin Halloween Shootout with a 293.9-pound blue marlin caught 14 miles off Molokai's Halawa Valley. The winning fish earns the team $40,800.