Hawaiian earns 33rd straight MCHCA title

Isaac Sambrana holds up his paddle in celebration as he and Kana‘i Fisher return to shore after helping Hawaiian Canoe Club win the John M. Lake Regatta boys 13 race Saturday at Kahului Harbor. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Isaac Sambrana holds up his paddle in celebration as he and Kana‘i Fisher return to shore after helping Hawaiian Canoe Club win the John M. Lake Regatta boys 13 race Saturday at Kahului Harbor. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

KAHULUI — Hawaiian Canoe Club overcame what was — by its standards — a slow start to the season, and is once again the Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association champion.

Hawaiian clinched a 33rd straight title Saturday, taking first place in 22 events and setting a season-high point total to win the John M. Lake Regatta at Kahului Harbor.

Hawaiian, winner of 14 of the last 18 state championships, was in position for a relatively low 22 state seeds after this year’s season opener, but now has more than 30 crews in the top two going into next week’s MCHCA championships.

“We worked hard, we coached hard, they paddled hard, they trained hard and we spent a lot of time on video,” said HCC keiki and men’s coach Paul Luuwai. “We just got better and better and now we’re back to where we’re supposed to be. I’m really proud because we could’ve folded in and said, ‘OK, I guess we’re going to be junk this year.’ But they turned it around and worked really hard after that.”

Hawaiian scored 169 points Saturday. Lae’ula O Kai was second with 78.

Hawaiian Canoe Club’s boys 13 crew leads Napili and Na Kai Ewalu en route to a win Saturday at the John M. Lake Regatta at Kahului Harbor. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Hawaiian Canoe Club’s boys 13 crew leads Napili and Na Kai Ewalu en route to a win Saturday at the John M. Lake Regatta at Kahului Harbor. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Hawaiian’s keiki — a consistent strength for the club — won 11 of the 16 youth races Saturday.

In the season opener, Hawaiian finished no better than third in the girls or boys 12A and 13 races. Three of those crews won Saturday, and HCC was second in girls 13.

“We just got lickings on that first race,” Luuwai said. “We weren’t prepared, but we got better throughout the season.”

Tristen Matsuura said his Hawaiian boys 13 crew, undefeated since Week 1, practices almost daily.

“Napili every year has been extremely close to us,” Matsuura said. “Last year, we were neck and neck, going first place, second place. But this year we’re pulling ahead by a lot and it’s really satisfying.”

Napili Canoe Club’s Taryn Cabingas celebrates with teammates after her crew won the girls 13 race. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Napili Canoe Club’s Taryn Cabingas celebrates with teammates after her crew won the girls 13 race. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

In boys 14, HCC edged Napili by just three seconds.

“Right after the buoy they started to catch up and we just had our turbos and beat them by that much,” captain Kainoa Eiting said, pinching his fingers together. “We banged out our start and were ahead of everyone and just kept holding a good pace.”

Luuwai said the entire club has had to “work its okole off,” and that Maui County competition has been particularly tough this year.

“We’re like the mecca over here,” he said. “Even though we’re one island, whoever makes it out of Maui is pretty good at states.

“I like to think we helped make it good by being good too, but it’s a credit to other clubs for sticking it out and their coaches not giving up.”

The state regatta is scheduled for Aug. 5 at Hanakao’o (Canoe) Beach Park in Lahaina. Luuwai said Oahu’s Hui Nalu Canoe Club has seeded crews in all but two of the 41 races, and Lanikai has 36 seeds.

“If we can hang on to 31 and get to 32, we have a shot,” Luuwai said.

Luuwai said he will look to his keiki again to come up big against the Oahu clubs.

“I’m just really lucky and I’m a proud coach today,” he said. I wasn’t proud five weeks ago. I was a little embarrassed and a little hurt. But we stayed the course and worked hard and our club is doing pretty well.”

* Chris Sugidono is at csugidono@mauinews.com

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MCHCA JOHN M. LAKE REGATTA

Saturday’s Results • At Kahului Harbor

1. Hawaiian 169, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 78, 3. Kihei 77, 4. Napili 61, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 49, 6. Kahana 33, 7. Wailea 23, 8. Hana 8, 9. Lahaina 4.

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MCHCA SEASON STANDINGS

Through six of seven events

1. x-Hawaiian 908, 2. Kihei 494, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 434, 4. Napili 381, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 345, 6. Kahana 223, 7. Wailea 145, 8. Hana 37, 9. Lahaina 31.

x-clinched season title

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MCHCA JOHN M. LAKE REGATTA

Saturday’s Results

At Kahului Harbor

Female

Quarter Mile

12A–1. Hawaiian (Tiana Medeiros, Kailia Purdy, Kaesha Purdy, Maura Smith, Jayna Lei Alcantara, Malia-Kala Cosare) 2:34.33, 2. Napili 2:35.28, 3. Hana 2:43.72, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 2:48.44, 5. Kihei 3:13.90, 6. Na Kai Ewalu 3:24.60. 12B–1. Lae’ula O Kai (Tea Domingo, Kailee Kalawa, Kala Carson, Kukui Eleneki-Alves, Nanea Zarate, Pua Delapinia-Miller) 2:51.93, 2. Lahaina 2:54.39, 3. Hana 2:54.84, 4. Hawaiian 2:55.42, 5. Napili 2:58.61, 6. Na Kai Ewalu 3:12.08, 7. Kihei 3:15.72, 8. Kahana 3:25.77. 13–1. Napili (Taryn Cabingas, Laieikawai Tancayo, Angelina DeCoite-Wilsey, Jadyn Neary, Puliki Rogers, Kahea Garcia) 2:23.90, 2. Hawaiian 2:28.09, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 2:37.17, 4. Hana 2:47.24, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 3:02.90, 6. Kihei 3:11.38, 7. Kahana 3:16.57. 14–1. Hawaiian (Amber Proctor, Skyla Adriano-Howard, Madison Eiting, Melina Perez, Jacelyn Alcantara, Kaela Kotter) 2:25.28, 2. Napili 2:37.33, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 2:42.78, 4. Kahana 2:46.36, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 2:47.06, 6. Kihei 2:51.14. Novice B–1. Hawaiian (Moana Weitecha, Lia Mickey, Alaka’i Kealoha, Mikiala Puaa-Freitas, Patti Dellaport, Tara Sellars) 2:11.85, 2. Na Kai Ewalu 2:18.00, 3. Kihei 2:26.72, 4. Kahana 2:31.76, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 2:33.71, 6. Napili 2:48.55.

Half Mile

15–1. Hawaiian (Rose Delaney, McKenna Kanekoa, Olivia Delaney, Kaila Medeiros, Amber Proctor, Liana Vasconcellos) 4:47.82, 2. Napili 4:51.39, 3. Kihei 5:02.05, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 5:41.83. 16–1. Hawaiian (Shealyn Stisher, Kaulana Potter, Destynee Albiar, Kaila Medeiros, Olivia Delaney, Kennadee Keiser) 4:54.52, 2. Kihei 5:00.97, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 5:05.65, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 5:11.51, 5. Hana 5:50.98. 18–1. Hawaiian (Skyla Adriano-Howard, Shealyn Stisher, Taysia Pimentel, Kaysha Terry-AhKui, Corlyn Peterson, Hiilei Luuwai) 4:37.04, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:49.76, 3. Napili 5:28.08. 50–1. Lae’ula O Kai (Joyce Skinner, Fafa Mateo, Momi Kaikala, Mary Kielty, Dolly Poepoe, Sonseeaya Holloway) 4:42.50, 2. Kihei 4:43.92, 3. Hawaiian 4:46.51. 55–1. Lae’ula O Kai (Holly Dollar, Jacque Mulleitner, Lei Laanui, Kehau Keaweehu, Donelle Zarko, Vannassa Au-Haupu) 4:52.08, 2. Kihei 4:58.14, 3. Hawaiian 5:07.93, 4. Wailea 5:20.28. 60–1. Kihei (Vanessa Weiss, Katy Smith, Anita Anderson, Denise Guerin, Teresa Reiss, Bonney Esbensen) 4:42.07, 2. Hawaiian 4:50.77, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 5:09.96, 4. Wailea 5:13.80. 65–1. Hawaiian (Jeanette Kaauamo, Gracia Neuhart, Donna Neuhart, Lea Giddens, Leilani Abreu, Mary Akiona) 4:59.05, 2. Kihei 5:08.62, 3. Kahana 5:30.92. Novice A–1. Kahana (Katie Bacon, Jenna Hunter, Ana Farmer, Ashley Ooley, Genevieve Ruvald, Elana Campbell) 4:28.52, 2. Na Kai Ewalu 4:41.50, 3. Hawaiian 4:45.56, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 4:54.71, 5. Wailea 4:55.83, 6. Kihei 5:04.81, 7. Napili 5:06.88. Open four–1. Hawaiian (Dane Ward, Kealani Bartlett, Lauren Spalding, Catherine Deboni) 5:01.74, 2. Napili 5:05.81, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 5:07.01, 4. Kahana 5:36.23, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 5:36.79, 6. Hana 5:51.27.

Mile

40–1. Kihei (Keri Mehling, Sandy Reyno, Viv Delos Reyes, Polly Arnold-Lorge, Amity Mason, Michele Willmering) 9:34.78, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 9:36.10, 3. Hawaiian 10:29.17, 4. Napili 10:54.62. Freshman–1. Hawaiian (Barbara Querry, Dane Ward, Claire Gilbert, Kelsey Nae’ole, Lauren Spalding, Lisa Fanning) 9:20.92, 2. Na Kai Ewalu 9:32.70, 3. Kihei 9:42.89, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 9:57.31. Sophomore –1. Na Kai Ewalu (Chelsea Evans, Amanda Cooper, Wendy Wilhelm, Shahlia Wainui, Amanda May, Amy Peterson) 9:48.22, 2. Napili 9:49.28, 3. Hawaiian 9:58.01, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 10:20.83, 5. Kihei 10:21.96. Junior–1. Kihei (Jen Edwards, Sandy Reyno, Michele Willmering, Keri Mehling, Teresa Frederick, Julie Shoup) 9:19.98, 2. Hawaiian 9:53.95, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 10:15.07, 4. Kahana 10:24.94, 5. Napili 10:46.37.

1 1⁄2 Miles

Open–1. Kahana (Genevieve Ruvald, Katie Bacon, Ana Farmer, Cynthia Conrad, Jessica Loncar, Suzi Tucker) 14:28.88, 2. Hawaiian 14:56.23, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 14:56.68, 4. Kihei 15:14.40, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 15:58.95.

Male

Quarter Mile

12A–1. Hawaiian (Raice DeRego, Waikili Chappell, Kainoa Bandalan, Ryan Murphy, Kainoa Monkres, Kala’e Kaluakini) 2:23.20, 2. Napili 2:26.75, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 2:28.67, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 2:47.53, 5. Hana 2:54.13, 6. Kihei 3:06.79. 12B–1. Hawaiian (Keanu Kanekoa, Dorian Josue, Valentine Goelz, Tylor Cho, Elias Hamp, Kamahiwa Molitau) 2:32.75, 2. Hana 2:35.70, 3. Napili 2:36.20, 4. Kahana 2:45.09, 5. Kihei 2:49.88, 6. Lahaina 2:50.84, 7. Wailea 3:10.89. 13–1. Hawaiian (Tristen Matsuura, Kana’i Fisher, Trever Fernandez, Kaehukai Molitau, Isaac Sambrana, Jaden Givensel) 2:13.03, 2. Napili 2:17.37, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 2:22.44, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 2:54.11. 14–1. Hawaiian (Landon Kahalehau-Tonga, Kainoa Eiting, Aiden Eda, Jaden Givensel, Tristen Matsuura, Kaehukai Molitau) 2:01.56, 2. Napili 2:04.27, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 2:11.86, 4. Kihei 2:34.31.

Half Mile

15–1. Hawaiian (Makaio Lorenzo, Robert Gibbons, Makia Lorenzo, Jonah Elizares, Landon Kahalehau-Tonga, Kainoa Eiting) 4:11.53, 2. Na Kai Ewalu 4:16.34, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 4:30.58, 4. Kihei 4:51.20, 5. Napili 4:57.94. 16–1. Lae’ula O Kai (Rafael Adolpho, Ho’okele Santos, Kelekolio Pacheco, Kamuela Haupu, Joel Anien, Taimane Keahi) 3:56.18, 2. Hawaiian 3:58.77, 3. Napili 4:38.67, 4. Kihei 4:39.50. 50–1. Hawaiian (Michael Newbro, Dana Souza, Kimo Knutson, David Ward, Darryl Slate, Kauhane Luuwai) 4:03.44, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:12.37, 3. Kahana 4:14.79, 4. Napili 4:16.59, 5. Kihei 4:41.92. 55–1. Hawaiian (Kevin Ledesma, Chuck Santiago, Kimo Knutson, Stanford Lanias, Frank Zajac, Matthew Daniells) 4:10.28, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:16.00, 3. Kihei 4:24.84. 60–1. Hawaiian (Tom Guerin, Frank Zajac, Lou Dionese, Biggie Lara, Pia Aluli, Jerry Jameson) 4:02.54, 2. Kihei 4:10.99, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 4:30.54, 4. Kahana 4:33.99. 65–1. Hawaiian (Jack Dyson, Pia Aluli, Stephen Payne, Biggie Lara, Brian Miller, Reny Platz) 4:15.48, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:26.66, 3. Kihei 4:27.16, 4. Kahana 4:51.01. Novice B–1. Na Kai Ewalu (Kekaialoha Han-Krael, Ryan Cook, Keli’i Krael, Sparky Reyna, Brian Bajaj, Mark Leuffgen) 4:08.68, 2. Hawaiian 4:12.59, 3. Kahana 4:19.73, 4. Kihei 4:29.19. Open four–1. Napili (Bear Keahi, Michael Rains, Cord Munoz, Justin Ney) 4:10.89, 2. Na Kai Ewalu 4:15.35, 3. Hawaiian 4:23.30, 4. Kahana 4:35.87, 5. Hana 4:45.04, 6. Lahaina 4:48.31.

Mile

18–1. Hawaiian (Dylan Kresge, Maika’i Cadman, David Hoonan-Amby, Kawai Luuwai, Zachary Ferrier, Heali’i Barrett) 8:33.01, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 9:09.07, 3. Kihei 9:42.93, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 9:45.82. 40–1. Kihei (Ani Alfaro-Castro, Mike Cordi, Brent Young, Kawika Williams, Ryan Gazmen, Mike Lauer) 8:13.34, 2. Hawaiian 8:14.08, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 9:02.21, 4. Napili 9:28.31, 5. Lahaina 9:36.82, 6. Na Kai Ewalu 10:43.00. Novice A–1. Na Kai Ewalu (Stephen Cutillo, Mike Malaczewski, Ryan Pfost, Will Kealy, Michael Reyes, Keith Barone) 8:22.68, 2. Hawaiian 8:35.49, 3. Kihei 8:42.28, 4. Napili 8:48.68, 5. Kahana 8:57.45. Freshman–1. Wailea (George Dagan, Tyson Kubo, Will Rich, Travis Baptiste, Joshua Kekupa’a Nae’ole, Kekoa Cramer) 8:02.25, 2. Hawaiian 8:31.19, 3. Napili 8:48.08, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 9:04.71. Sophomore –1. Napili (Charlie Palakiko, Bubba Kukahiko, Nalu Sampson, Kona Maielua, Michael Rains, Kapena Bugarin) 8:05.90, 2. Wailea 8:16.38, 3. Hawaiian 8:20.66, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 9:28.90. Junior–1. Wailea(Ryan Murphy, Sean Murphy, Kevin Dudoit, Felipe Gomes, Robert Brede, Tenati Fareea) 7:59.03, 2. Kihei 8:16.34, 3. Hawaiian 8:28.71, 4. Kahana 8:31.55, 5. Napili 8:49.93, 6. Lahaina 9:05.78.

1 1⁄2 Miles

Open–1. Wailea (Joshua Kekupa’a Nae’ole, Kevin Dudoit, George Dagan, Sean Murphy, Dane Dudoit, Felipe Gomes) 11:59.89, 2. Napili 12:34.76, 3. Hawaiian 12:42.68, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 13:24.47, 5. Kihei 13:37.36, 6. Lahaina 13:52.58, 7. Kahana 14:44.48.

Mixed

Quarter Mile

12–1. Napili (Noelle Storer, Kalaeloa Tancayo, Maile Cacal, Shyla Rodrigues, Iliao Palakiko, Tayden Medeiros-Maielua) 2:26.45, 2. Hawaiian 2:30.35, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 2:44.41, 4. Lahaina 2:46.66, 5. Kihei 3:13.45, 6. Hana 3:24.36, 7. Wailea 3:28.41, 8. Kahana 3:56.05. Novice B–1. Hawaiian (Moana Weitecha, Brent Toguchi, Alaka’i Kealoha, Mikiala Puaa-Freitas, Darwin Tutop, Aaron Pettie) 2:01.91, 2. Na Kai Ewalu 2:06.49, 3. Kahana 2:12.03, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 2:12.26, 5. Kihei 2:13.90, 6. Napili 2:21.01, 7. Lahaina 2:27.74.

Half Mile

18–1. Kihei (Hanalei Alapai, Javin Crouch-Faapito, Keith Johnson, Avi Glickman, Kaela Izak, Elan Estomo) 4:36.78, 2. Hawaiian 4:37.11, 3. Napili 4:39.49, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 4:48.06, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 4:55.90. 40–1. Hawaiian (Barbara Querry, Catherine Deboni, Theresa Gerry, J.B. Guard, Matt Earls, Eric Hamp) 4:07.21, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:18.59, 3. Kihei 4:20.47, 4. Kahana 4:34.54, 5. Napili 4:40.25, 6. Hana 4:44.08, 7. Na Kai Ewalu 4:51.51. 55–1. Kihei (Mike Cordi, Kawika Williams, Flori Leon, Ryn Hughes, Vanessa Weiss, Tim Rucynski) 4:21.79, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:30.38, 3. Hawaiian 4:46.00, 4. Kahana 5:50.64. 60–1. Kihei (Katy Smith, Kandee Adams, John Salse, Barry W.K. Chang, Gail Wood, Gary Heath) 4:42.86, 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:55.08, 3. Hawaiian 5:14.43, 4. Kahana 5:17.35. 65–1. Lae’ula O Kai (Gloria Lee-Jones, Wanda Shirreff, Peter Martin, Brian McCafferty, Margaret Goldberg, John Roberson) 4:58.54, 2. Hawaiian 4:58.99, 3. Kihei 5:03.95, 4. Kahana 5:11.67. Open–1. Hawaiian (Taysia Pimentel, John Gosselin, Jonas Arcikauskas, Hiilei Luuwai, Ihilani Catugal, Malu Brayce) 4:01.14, 2. Wailea 4:04.71, 3. Kahana 4:07.70, 4. Kihei 4:11.74, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 4:24.67, 6. Napili 4:31.69, 7. Lahaina 4:35.58, 8. Hana 4:42.44.

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