Keiki are again foundation for Na Kai Ewalu

Shahlia Wainui, one of Na Kai Ewalu’s keiki coaches, high-fives head coach Owen Seiki after the John Wilmington III sophomore women’s race Saturday at Kahului Harbor. -- The Maui News / ROBERT COLLIAS photo

KAHULUI — John Wilming-ton III would have enjoyed Saturday at Kahului Harbor.

One of Na Kai Ewalu Canoe Club’s charter members in 1972, Wilmington reached out to the children of Central Maui to come to the harbor for outrigger paddling. The club he helped found has had a resurgence in the keiki ranks this summer, something that continued in this year’s edition of the event named for Wilmington, who died in 1995.

“It’s extremely important — Papa John helped out our kids, coached our kids and was at the forefront of putting our kids in the right direction through paddling,” said Shahlia Wainui, niece of longtime former

Na Kai Ewalu head coach Boogie Wainui and one of the club’s four youth coaches. “So, as a keiki coach as well, we really are trying to take his vision, his mana’o, and bring our kids in and get them a good place to be during the summer.

“Not only teach them about our Hawaiian culture, but life lessons and how to go out in our community and be better people.”

Wailea Canoe Club’s junior men’s crew paddles to a win Saturday at the John Wilmington III Regatta at Kahului Harbor. -- The Maui News / ROBERT COLLIAS photo

Na Kai Ewalu finished first in three novice races — mixed B, men’s B and men’s A — and the freshman women added their third win in four regattas.

Na Kai Ewalu finished fifth in the club standings with 56 points. Hawaiian won with 152, extending its season lead, and Kihei was second with 79.

“It’s a great day for us,” said Na Kai Ewalu head coach Owen Seiki. “It’s a great fundraiser for the club. It’s our own regatta, so there’s a lot more pride with everybody racing. Everybody pushes a little harder, they’re more active, they want to do more. You can’t ask for more than that.”

Maisie Ramage, one of the freshman women paddlers for Na Kai Ewalu, said the crew changed its lineup after opening the season with a runner-up finish.

“Today feels great because it’s our race. It’s awesome to take home a purple ribbon with your gold medal,” Ramage said.

Taima McCartney, Pualani Fukuda, Rosie Amico, Amanda May and Ashley Jung were also on the crew, and McCartney, Fukuda, Amico and Jung made up the women’s open four crew that finished second.

“It’s very competitive and I appreciate everybody because they push us,” Amico said. “Really, our crew, we just focus on us in our boat and push each other.”

Na Kai Ewalu has 78 registered, active keiki members, and on Saturday had runner-up finishes in girls 16 and boys 12A, 14 and 15 races.

“When I first started we were lucky if we could actually fill two crews to continue on the tradition of being able to race,” said Stephanie Franklin, who has been helping with the club’s youths for five years. “Being a member we would hear about John Wilmington from Uncle Boogie, so what we’re trying to do is perpetuate that culture, keep that same sense of commitment.”

Na Kai Ewalu also finished second in the women’s novice A and B events

“Very much so, we’re on the upswing,” said Keone Ball, a 35-year member of the club and the Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association president and head water official. “Our novice program keeps getting better, which creeps up on the upper divisions as the novices get older, so we’re very competitive in all the races that we do.

“If you don’t have kids and novice you’ll never grow.”

Paul Luuwai, Hawaiian’s coach for keiki and men, is impressed with his club’s Kahului Harbor neighbor.

“I’m proud of them,” Luuwai said. “I walk by them and talk to their coaches every day and we’re all friends. It’s awesome to see our neighbors get kids out there and their novice division is awesome. It’s good to see our sport keep on growing and it’s good to see that influx of kids over there.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

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MCHCA JOHN WILMINGtON III REGATTA

Saturday’s Results • At Kahului Harbor

1. Hawaiian 153, 2. Kihei 79, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 68, 4. Napili 68, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 56, 6. Kahana 39, 7. Wailea 28, 8. Hana 7, 9. Lahaina 2.

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MCHCA SEASON STANDINGS

Through four of seven events

1. Hawaiian 572, 2. Kihei 340, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 278, 4. Napili 266, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 241, 6. Kahana 160, 7. Wailea 94, 8. Lahaina 23, 9. Hana 21.

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MCHCA JOHN WILMINGtON III REGATTA

Saturday’s Results • At Kahului Harbor

Female

Quarter Mile

12A–1. Napili (Maile Cacal, Teani Mederios-Maielua, Tiana-Rose Naki, Noelle Storer, Shyla Rodrigues, Michella Cabingas) 2:24.42, 2. Hawaiian 2:31.83, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 2:34.86, 4. Hana 2:41.49, 5. Kihei 2:48.01. 12B–1. Napili (Taimane Cajudoy, Puliki Rogers, Kadie Kron, Jaiyah Inamoto, Chamille Balderas, Kealoha Baricuatro) 2:27.75, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 2:28.13, 3. Hana 2:44.22, 4. Kahana 3:25.16. 13–1. Hawaiian (Kaela Kotter, Keani Artates-Kahui, Ali Tavares, Maile Turley, Zoe Frederick, Kahealani Haupu) 2:34.63, 2. Napili 2:43.55, 3. Hana 2:45.49, 4. Kahana 3:01.87, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 3:04.30, 6. Kihei 3:10.72. 14–1. Hawaiian (Audrey Reiss, Skyla Adriano-Howard, Jacelyn Alcantara, Madison Eiting, Amber Proctor, Melina Perez) 2:30.29, 2. Napili 2:48.39, 3. Kihei 2:49.19, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 2:49.94, 5. Kahana 2:50.97, 6. Lae’ula O Kai 2:52.88. Novice B–1. Hawaiian (Moana Weitecha, Alaka’i Kealoha, Lesley Cummings, Tara Sellars, Patti Dellaport, Mikiala Puaa-Freitas) 2:09.34, 2. Na Kai Ewalu 2:24.53, 3. Kihei 2:33.16, 4. Kahana 2:35.20, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 2:45.91.

Half Mile

15–1. Hawaiian (Rose Delaney, McKenna Kanekoa, Olivia Delaney, Kaila Medeiros, Audrey Reiss, Liana Vasconcellos) 4:46.50, 2. Napili 4:48.53, 3. Kihei 4:58.65, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 5:34.28. 16–1. Hawaiian (Kale’a Paiva, Taysia Pimentel, Kaya Givensel, Shealyn Stisher, Destynee Albiar, Shannon Carpio) 4:48.17, 2. Na Kai Ewalu 4:59.20, 3. Kihei 5:02.21, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 5:17.77, 5. Napili 5:50.09, 6. Hana 5:54.14. 18–1. Hawaiian (Kaya Givensel, Taysia Pimentel, Kaulana Potter, Kaysha Terry-AhKui, Skyla Adriano-Howard, Hiilei Luuwai) 4:46.12, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:52.67, 3. Napili 5:00.36, 4. Kihei 5:45.99. 50–1. Kihei (Flori Leon, Susan Ramos, Ingrid Thronson, Cate Bellafiore, Patty Phillips, Ellen Federoff) 4:46.48, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:47.85, 3. Hawaiian 5:04.45. 55–1. Lae’ula O Kai (Holly Dollar, Jacque Mulleitner, Caitlin Nascimento, Kehau Keaweehu, Donelle Zarko, Vannassa Au-Haupu) 4:42.70, 2. Kihei 4:52.06, 3. Hawaiian 5:03.66, 4. Wailea 5:09.41. 60–1. Kihei (Vanessa Weiss, Katy Smith, Anita Anderson, Denise Guerin, Kandee Adams, Bonney Esbensen) 4:42.44, 2. Hawaiian 4:46.12, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 5:05.49, 4. Wailea 5:06.09. 65–1. Hawaiian (Jeanette Kaauamo, Gracia Neuhart, Donna Neuhart, Lea Giddens, Leilani Abreu, Mary Akiona) 4:49.55, 2. Kihei 4:56.39, 3. Kahana 5:23.03. Novice A–1. Kahana (Katie Bacon, Jessica Loncar, Ana Farmer, Ashley Ooley, Genevieve Ruvald, Elana Campbell) 4:31.94, 2. Na Kai Ewalu 4:37.15, 3. Wailea 4:47.59, 4. Kihei 4:57.89, 5. Hawaiian 4:59.92, 6. Lae’ula O Kai 5:00.74, 7. Hana 5:05.09, 8. Napili 5:13.11. Open four–1. Napili (Theresa Marzan, Jolene Giles, Ashley Montgomery, Amie Gerber) 4:58.42, 2. Na Kai Ewalu 5:01.44, 3. Kihei 5:21.02, 4. Hana 5:25.23, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 5:27.15, 6. Kahana 5:28.49.

Mile

40–1. Lae’ula O Kai (Kelly Cua, Michele Golberg, Kelly Leon, Kelly Lau, Fiona Van Ammers, Mari Toro-Ford) 9:08.22, 2. Kihei 9:13.16, 3. Hawaiian 9:45.02, 4. Napili 10:20.89, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 10:28.78. Freshman–1. Na Kai Ewalu (Taima McCartney, Amanda May, Rosie Amico, Ashley Jung, Maisie Ramage, Pualani Fukuda) 9:27.98, 2. Hawaiian 9:33.55, 3. Kihei 9:40.55, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 9:46.11, 5. Napili 10:04.88. Sophomore –1. Hawaiian (Ihilani Catugal, Eleu Novikoff, Jay-R Ka’awa, Teresa Mautino, Kahili Novikoff, Arianna Gerry) 9:52.71, 2. Na Kai Ewalu 10:03.60, 3. Kihei 10:07.66, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 10:18.10, 5. Kahana 10:22.09. Junior–1. Kihei (Jen Edwards, Sandy Reyno, Michele Willmering, Julie Shoup, Teresa Frederick, Keri Mehling) 9:12.97, 2. Hawaiian 9:33.98, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 9:49.12.

1 1⁄2 Miles

Open–1. Kahana (Katie Bacon, Danielle Kuck, Ana Farmer, Suzi Tucker, Jessica Loncar, Cynthia Conrad) 13:48.94, 2. Na Kai Ewalu 13:59.82, 3. Hawaiian 14:01.12, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 14:31.17, 5. Kihei 14:35.67, 6. Napili 14:58.98.

Male

Quarter Mile

12A–1. Napili (Keli’i Snyder-Opunui, Zyrome I’i-Kahahane, Tayden Medeiros-Maielua, Dylan Takahashi-Sagapolutele, Kaulana Tihada, Kai Hands) 2:26.76, 2. Na Kai Ewalu 2:27.44, 3. Hawaiian 2:29.73, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 2:34.46, 5. Hana 2:44.51, 6. Kihei 2:51.17. 12B–1. Hawaiian (Keanu Kanekoa, Kala’e Kaluakini, Dorian Josue, Kamahiwa Molitau, Jonah Thorndike, Elias Hamp) 2:29.01, 2. Kahana 2:36.63, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 2:39.72, 4. Napili 2:40.79, 5. Lahaina 2:43.83, 6. Hana 2:53.01, 7. Na Kai Ewalu 2:54.93, 8. Wailea 3:01.10. 13–1. Hawaiian (Tristen Matsuura, Kaehukai Molitau, Evan Recopuerto, Jaden Givensel, Trever Fernandez, Nainoa Riglos) 2:16.03, 2. Napili 2:20.44, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 2:26.19, 4. Kihei 2:27.67, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 3:21.16. 14–1. Hawaiian (Landon Kahalehau-Tonga, Mathew Hoonan, Kainoa Eiting, Hunter Carpio, Ryder Tremble, Aiden Eda) 2:06.85, 2. Na Kai Ewalu 2:08.20, 3. Napili 2:15.12, 4. Kihei 2:21.85. Novice B–1. Na Kai Ewalu (Kekaialoha Han-Krael, Ryan Cook, Keli’i Krael, Mark Leuffgen, Brian Bajaj, Sparky Reyna) 4:03.11, 2. Kahana 4:18.10, 3. Hawaiian 4:21.54, 4. Kihei 4:31.20.

Half Mile

15–1. Hawaiian (Landon Kahalehau-Tonga, Makaio Lorenzo, Makia Lorenzo, Jonah Elizares, Kainoa Eiting, Robert Gibbons) 4:05.73, 2. Na Kai Ewalu 4:24.19, 3. Kihei 4:30.24, 4. Napili 4:44.26, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 4:44.84. 16–1. Hawaiian 4:04.78 (Wyatt Meyer, Joshua Kailiehu, Traesyn Shimoda, Dylan Newbro, Makaio Lorenzo, Robert Gibbons), 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:06.27, 3. Kihei 4:38.77, 4. Napili 4:41.64. 50–1. Hawaiian (Michael Newbro, Dana Souza, Chuck Barrett, Gregg Kresge, Kauhane Luuwai, David Ward) 4:00.60, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:08.71, 3. Kahana 4:19.33, 4. Napili 4:22.21, 5. Kihei 4:52.40. 55–1. Hawaiian (Chuck Santiago, Kevin Ledesma, William Kamai, Stanford Lanias, Roberto Protti, Matthew Daniells) 4:11.06, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:25.41. 60–1. Kihei (Barry W.K. Chang, Lance Cushenberry, Mark Kasbergen, Casey Logsdon, John Salse, Gary Heath) 4:15.69, 2. Hawaiian 4:17.67, 3. Kahana 4:38.10, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 4:38.83. 65–1. Hawaiian (Jack Dyson, Stephen Payne, Jerry Jameson, Biggie Lara, Brian Miller, Reny Platz) 4:17.00, 2. Kihei 4:25.58, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 4:27.45, 4. Kahana 4:48.81. Open four–1. Wailea (Ryan Murphy, Tyson Kubo, Felipe Gomes, Sean Murphy) 3:55.19, 2. Napili 4:01.28, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 4:04.44, 4. Hawaiian 4:06.75, 5. Kahana 4:29.30, 6. Lahaina 4:31.91, 7. Lae’ula O Kai 4:32.65, 8. Hana 4:36.84.

Mile

18–1. Hawaiian (Dylan Kresge, Maika’i Cadman, Brannon Valdez, Heali’i Barrett, Nick Heerema, Kawai Luuwai) 8:44.20, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 9:06.62, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 9:14.24, 4. Napili 9:37.44, 5. Kihei 10:08.59. 40–1. Hawaiian (Michael Newbro, Dana Souza, J.B. Guard, Kauhane Luuwai, Kimo Knutson, Eric Hamp) 7:56.28, 2. Kihei 8:03.79, 3. Napili 8:33.76, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 8:38.81, 5. Lahaina 9:06.17, 6. Na Kai Ewalu 9:13.50. Novice A–1. Na Kai Ewalu 8:11.90 (Stephen Cutillo, Mike Malaczewski, Ryan Pfost, Thomas Duarte II, Michael Reyes, Keith Barone), 2. Kihei 8:41.10, 3. Napili 8:45.59, 4. Kahana 8:46.18, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 8:51.93, 6. Hana 9:18.09. Freshman–1. Wailea (Quinn Whitford, Tyson Kubo, Will Rich, George Dagan, Joshua Kekupa’a Nae’ole, Diego Panza) 7:46.74, 2. Napili 7:47.99, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 8:23.52, 4. Hawaiian 8:32.52. Sophomore –1. Hawaiian (Kellen Bean, Tyson Felicilda, Shane Skolil, Jonas Arcikauskas, Ronnie Johnston, Flo Michelier) 8:01.59, 2. Napili 8:11.58, 3. Wailea 8:13.09, 4. Kihei 8:33.39, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 9:11.40. Junior–1. Wailea (Ryan Murphy, Sean Murphy, Kevin Dudoit, Charles Fleck, Robert Brede, Felipe Gomes) 7:50.62, 2. Kahana 8:00.12, 3. Kihei 8:04.86, 4. Lahaina 8:36.05, 5. Hawaiian 9:04.53.

1 1⁄2 Miles

Open–1. Wailea (Robert Brede, Kevin Dudoit, Joshua Kekupa’a Nae’ole, George Dagan, Dane Dudoit, Kaleo Evangelista) 11:29.14, 2. Napili 11:33.89, 3. Hawaiian 12:12.85, 4. Lahaina 12:21.02, 5. Kihei 12:43.19, 6. Na Kai Ewalu 12:49.65, 7. Lae’ula O Kai 13:21.57, 8. Kahana 13:23.13.

Mixed

Quarter Mile

12–1. Hawaiian (Tiana Medeiros, Kailia Purdy, Kaesha Purdy, Raice DeRego, Waikili Chappell, Ryan Murphy) 2:32.91, 2. Napili 2:40.03, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 2:59.46, 4. Hana 3:12.58, 5. Kihei 3:24.71, 6. Lahaina 3:30.23, 7. Wailea 3:33.81, 8. Kahana 4:26.22. Mixed Novice B–1. Na Kai Ewalu (Kekaialoha Han-Krael, Ryan Cook, Gina Mills, Alix Buchter, Maile Burns, Mark Leuffgen) 2:03.81, 2. Hawaiian 2:05.90, 3. Napili 2:14.12, 4. Kihei 2:16.91, 5. Kahana 2:19.24, 6. Lae’ula O Kai 2:21.11, 7. Lahaina 2:34.29.

Half Mile

18–1. Hawaiian (Wyatt Meyer, David Hoonan-Amby, Kennadee Keiser, Hiilei Luuwai, Corlyn Peterson, Zachary Ferrier) 4:24.27, 2. Napili 4:40.80, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 5:00.46, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 5:13.69. 40–1. Hawaiian (Barbara Querry, Catherine Deboni, Theresa Gerry, J.B. Guard, Kimo Knutson, Eric Hamp) 3:35.32, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 3:39.85, 3. Kahana 3:55.29, 4. Napili 4:00.89, 5. Kihei 4:11.89, 6. Wailea 4:22.58, 7. Na Kai Ewalu 4:41.77. 55–1. Kihei (Vanessa Weiss, Ryn Hughes, Mike Cordi, Kawika Williams, Flori Leon, Mark Kasbergen) 4:20.16, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:26.15, 3. Hawaiian 4:31.46, 4. Napili 5:02.11, 5. Kahana 5:08.57. 60–1. Kihei (Katy Smith, Anita Anderson, Barry W.K. Chang, Sam Cavitt, Gail Wood, John Salse) 4:48.26, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:52.60, 3. Hawaiian 5:11.56, 4. Kahana 5:14.73. 65–1. Lae’ula O Kai (Gloria Lee-Jones, Wanda Shirreff, Brian McCafferty, John Roberson, Margaret Goldberg, Wesley Furumoto) 4:58.27, 2. Kihei 5:01.76, 3. Hawaiian 5:06.79, 4. Kahana 5:16.83. Open–1. Kahana (Genevieve Ruvald, Danielle Kuck, Cord Cuniberti, Cynthia Conrad, Mason Panis, Cameron Jacome) 3:43.32, 2. Hawaiian 3:57.52, 3. Wailea 3:58.50, 4. Kihei 3:59.66, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 4:03.14, 6. Napili 4:12.10, 7. Na Kai Ewalu 4:14.02, 8. Lahaina 7:26.05.

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