Molokai4Molokai concludes weekend focused on racing, culture

First photo: Troy Heen heads to the top overall time in Sunday’s Molokai4Molokai race, completing the 10-mile course from Kamalo Harbor to Kaunakakai Harbor in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 47 seconds. The event concluded the Molokai Holokai weekend, which began with Saturday’s Maui2Molokai Challenge, and had canoe, stand-up paddleboard and hydrofoil divisions. Heen and his sister, Teave Heen, were the overall weekend OC-1 champions. Sunday’s race also included multiple youth events, and the weekend’s purpose, according to event organizers, was to “embody our inherent Hawaiian cultural values — taking care of the land and sea, giving back to community, honoring host culture/language and respecting others.” Second photo: Teave Heen competes on the way to taking fifth in the women’s event, which followed a victory on Saturday. Third photo: Stand-up paddlers head toward the finish line. / MATTY SCHWEITZER photos