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Lae‘ula celebrates at Mayor’s Umeke

Lae‘ula O Kai’s mixed 60 crew paddles to a second-place finish at the MCHCA Mayor’s Umeke Regatta on Saturday at Kahului Harbor. -- The Maui News / DAKOTA GROSSMAN photo

KAHULUI — The Mayor’s Umeke Regatta is always a special day for Lae’ula O Kai Canoe Club.

The yellow, green and red canoes enjoyed success from early in the day to late in the afternoon Saturday at Kahului Harbor in the regatta that Lae’ula O Kai annually hosts.

The host role added energy to the LUOK contingent on their regatta day under sunny skies, and they did their best to put unique touches on the day.

“We’re definitely here much earlier in the morning,” LUOK head coach Sharon Balidoy said. “I don’t know if you saw the officials tent there, it’s so festive because we have a buffet for them all day long. They volunteer, they don’t get paid, they’re here from 6 o’clock in the morning and last week I think it was until 6 in the evening. So, we want to take care of our officials.”

The Lae’ula O Kai boys 13 crew of Phoenix Corredor-Maui, Micah Beniamina, Makoa Keuma, Gaige Okamoto, Jordan Guzman and Kameron Adachi won their quarter-mile race in 2 minutes, 19.48 seconds. Last week, the crew that Balidoy coaches finished second in the season-opening regatta.

Lae‘ula’s freshmen women’s crew comes in after taking third. -- The Maui News / DAKOTA GROSSMAN photo

“They didn’t look around, they kept their heads in the canoe,” Balidoy said. “Last week, yeah, they looked around, second place. There’s about eight or nine of them in that crew, so they have to rotate.”

Hours later, the LUOK women’s 55 crew of Holly Dollar, Jacque Mulleitner, Lei Laanui, Tori Takayesu-Hamilton, Donelle Zarko and Kim Vanderlaan won their half-mile race in 4:58.59. It was the second straight win to start the summer for the group.

“We’ve paddled together for years and we are strong and we do have a good flow,” Dollar said.

The Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association will get only two lanes to the state regatta at Hanalei Bay, Kauai, in August after overall numbers have dropped from last season, when Maui County received three state berths per race.

That makes Dollar’s crew’s two wins all that more important.

Men’s 50 crews take off from the starting line Saturday afternoon. -- The Maui News / DAKOTA GROSSMAN photo

“That’s really big because we only have two lanes this year,” Dollar said. “We’re ready for Kauai.”

Mulleitner said being busy on regatta day is a good thing for her.

“It’s more relaxing for me,” she said. “Because the mind is not focusing so hard on the race because there’s other things that we have to do because we’re hosting. For our crew, we did 30 seconds or faster than last week. For me, just because we’re coming in first doesn’t mean we’re going to be solid first. We have to race the clock.”

Ricky Balidoy, Sharon Balidoy’s husband, coaches all the men and helps his wife with the women’s ranks.

“Regatta day, it’s a lot of work, but it’s the effort we put in,” Ricky Balidoy said. “It’s all about everybody having fun, like, enjoying the party — that’s my theory.”

Lae‘ula O Kai coach Sharon Balidoy cheers on her freshman women’s crew. -- The Maui News / DAKOTA GROSSMAN photo

Mary Kielty steered the LUOK freshmen women’s crew to third place — she was joined by Hoapili Kealoha, Mari Toro-Ford, Emily Smith, Kamalani Kanekoa, and Sarah Plemel. Kielty, a veteran of the club, coaches the keiki crews from 15 and up.

“On regatta day, I’m driving the zodiac for the officials boat, coaching the kids, and setting up everything, breaking down at the end of the day,” Kielty said. “And racing. I love it when it’s our regatta, it’s cool. I tell my kids, ‘There’s always a little bit of magic on our day.’ “

Hawaiian won the regatta with 166 points, one more than the 34-time defending MCHCA champions had last week. Kihei was second with 117, followed by Napili (59), Wailea (57), Lae’ula O Kai (55), Na Kai Ewalu (30), Kahana (25), Hana (10) and Lahaina (3).

Hawaiian had 14 first-place finishes in the keiki division, out of 17 races. HCC had another first erased by a paperwork error in the boys 15 race.

“Gosh, I can’t ask for anything more,” HCC keiki coach Paul Luuwai said. “I think we got better this week, we got a little stronger. We’re still feeling it, we’re still trying to work on our weaknesses.”

Canoes line the beach at Kahului Harbor. -- The Maui News / DAKOTA GROSSMAN photo

With five regattas left on the MCHCA slate, Luuwai is already tracking state spots.

“We did really well that first (regatta) even with a couple of DQs — we had 30 crews qualified after that first race, right now we’re at 32,” Luuwai said. “Feeling pretty good — to have only two lanes to state, that’s pretty hard.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

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MCHCA MAYOR’S UMEKE REGATTA

Na Kai Ewalu’s freshmen women race to a runner-up finish. -- The Maui News / DAKOTA GROSSMAN photo

Saturday’s Results • At Kahului Harbor

Hawaiian 166, Kihei 117, Napili 59, Wailea 57, Lae’ula O Kai 55, Na Kai Ewalu 30, Kahana 25, Hana 10, Lahaina 3.

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SEASON STANDINGS

Through two of seven events

Hawaiian 331, Kihei 220, Napili 122, Lae’ula O Kai 112, Wailea 102, Na Kai Ewalu 71, Kahana 37, Hana 23, Lahaina 8.

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MCHCA MAYOR’S UMEKE REGATTA

Saturday’s Results

At Kahului Harbor

Female

Quarter Mile

12A–1. Hawaiian 2:46.17 (Lilyanna Bryant, Joessi Alconcel, Isabelle Brown, Kaesha Purdy, Malia-Kala Cosare, Lei’ohu Turley), 2. Hana 2:48.49, 3. Kihei 2:57.24, 4. Napili 2:58.60, 5. Lahaina 3:08.92, 6. Na Kai Ewalu 3:44.46, 7. Lae’ula O Kai 4:31.32. 12B–1. Hawaiian 2:46.22 (Maka Carey, Lokana-Marie Puu, Meleana Aurelio, Christina Naish, Jasmine Eggers, Lei’ohu Turley), 2. Na Kai Ewalu 3:00.21, 3. Napili 3:03.73, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 3:19.19, 5. Kahana 3:23.89. 13–1. Hawaiian 2:48.08 (Julia Lopez, Zhen Li Richards, Maka Carey, Keala Giblin, Pumehana Vierra, Maura Smith), 2. Kihei 2:49.90, 3. Napili 2:51.75, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 2:54.94, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 2:55.43, 6. Hana 2:59.95, 7. Lahaina 3:10.97. 14–1. Hawaiian 2:29.57 (Jacqueline Cano, Kailia Purdy, Kaylee Mark, Lei Ana Bland, Anna Fosbinder, Juliana Romero), 2. Napili 2:31.82, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 2:41.54, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 2:46.36, 5. Kihei 2:54.25, 6. Hana 3:02.74, 7. Kahana 3:07.89. Novice B–1. Hawaiian 2:30.44 (Chastine Mendoza, Ronnie Kihara, Janelle-Laverne Kekiwi, Keturah Schmidt, Valerie Campos, Eden Stewart), 2. Na Kai Ewalu 2:37.59, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 2:50.70, 4. Kihei 2:51.95, 5. Wailea 3:03.31.

Half Mile

15–1. Hawaiian 4:43.58 (Kawaiola Simoes, Kuaola Emmsley, Keani Artates-Kahui, Nohealani Ledesma, Tatum Hoshino, Maile Turley), 2. Napili 4:54.48, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 5:20.40, 4. Kihei 5:26.03. 16–1. Hawaiian 4:47.27 (Kuaola Emmsley, Skyla Adriano-Howard, Kailia Purdy, Melina Perez, Keani Artates-Kahui, Skyler Sands), 2. Lae’ula O Kai 5:32.64, 3. Kihei 5:40.78. 18–1. Hawaiian 4:55.09 (Olivia Delaney, Kaya Givensel, Skyla Adriano-Howard, Kamakana Kawaa, Rose Delaney, McKenna Kanekoa), 2. Napili 5:04.53, 3. Kihei 5:24.08, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 5:25.57, 5. Lahaina 5:26.12, 6. Na Kai Ewalu 5:28.09. 40–1. Kihei 4:41.72 (Nikki Franco, Keri Mehling, Viv Delos Reyes, Darcy Aschoff, Suzanne Conlon, Amity Mason), 2. Hawaiian 4:48.20, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 5:10.78, 4. Napili 5:11.04. 50–1. Kihei 4:48.95 (Ingrid Thronson, Polly Arnold-Lorge, Patty Phillips, Cate Bellafiore, Lani Espinoza, Chanda Kiley Roberts), 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:50.46, 3. Hawaiian 5:13.05. 55–1. Lae’ula O Kai 4:58.59 (Lei Laanui, Kimberly Vanderlaan, Donelle Zarko, Jacque Mulleitner, Holly Dollar, Victoria Takayesu-Hamilton), 2. Kihei 5:10.54, 3. Hawaiian 5:22.86. 60–1. Kihei 4:56.93 (Katy Smith, Judy Epstein, Teresa Reiss, Denise Guerin, Gail Wood, Bonney Esbensen), 2. Hawaiian 4:59.85, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 6:04.11. 65–1. Kihei 5:10.57 (Anita Anderson, Deanna Salse, Suzan Brooks, Iris Mountcastle, Vanessa Weiss, Deb Pearsall), 2. Hawaiian 5:22.39. 70–1. Kihei 5:34.73 (Wanda Shirreff, Sandy Bell, Jolyne Rego, Diane Wetzel, Renee Riley, Audrey Quinn), 2. Hawaiian 5:49.23, 3. Kahana 6:30.65. Novice A–1. Na Kai Ewalu 4:43.87 (Jessica Galvan, Tammy Campbell, Heather Marshall, Alix Buchter, Luna Amico, Erica Amico), 2. Kihei 4:49.40, 3. Hawaiian 5:00.46, 4. Kahana 4:05.63, 5. Napili 5:07.71, 6. Lae’ula O Kai 6:05.21. Open Four–1. Napili 5:06.83 (Aubrie Danielle Morrell, Theresa Marzan, Amie Gerber, Chelsey Erickson-Vierra), 2. Kihei 5:39.50, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 5:42.09, 4. Lahaina 6:01.73, 5. Wailea 6:16.24.

Mile

Freshman–1. Hawaiian 9:51.54 (Lisa Fanning, Tiare Lawrence, Barbara Querry, Kelsey Nae’ole, Eleu Novikoff, Kaimanamalie Brummel), 2. Na Kai Ewalu 9:58.55, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 10:15.64, 4. Kihei 10:22.42, 5. Napili 10:42.53, 6. Kahana 10:58.40. Sophomore–1. Kihei 9:26.60 (Michele Willmering, Julie Shoup, Suzanne Conlon, Sandy Carvalho, Jen Edwards, Allison Lee), 2. Hawaiian 9:48.40, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 10:06.89, 4. Napili 10:37.85, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 10:51.62. Junior–1. Kihei 9:53.69 (Shelby Carlson, Polly Arnold-Lorge, Cece Velez, Jessica Ford, Emily Stout, Keri Mehling), 2. Wailea 9:57.42, 3. Hawaiian 10:14.67, 4. Napili 10:17.02, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 10:59.83.

1 1⁄2 Miles

Open–1. Kihei 14:03.33 (Michele Willmering, Julie Shoup, Jessica Ford, Jen Edwards, Allison Lee, Shelby Carlson), 2. Hawaiian 14:23.91, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 14:33.23, 4. Napili 15:45.03, 5. Kahana 16:00.20.

Male

Quarter Mile

12A–1. Hawaiian 2:29.23 (Cody Frampton, Brennan Molina, Keanu Kanekoa, Keanu Reyes, Tuloa Smith, Damon Josue), 2. Napili 2:29.62, 3. Wailea 2:48.05, 4. Kihei 2:51.85, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 3:26.43. 12B–1. Kahana 2:57.20 (Brayden Swanson, Teva Loft, Khai Mullen, Zeke Gobel, Kanoa Medo, Rex Culligan), 2. Lae’ula O Kai 2:59.81, 3. Kihei 3:02.36, 4. Napili 3:08.17, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 4:00.22. 13–1. Lae’ula O Kai 2:19.48 (Phoenix Corredor-Maui, Micah Beniamina, Makoa Keuma, Gaige Okamoto, Jordan Guzman, Kameron Adachi), 2. Napili 2:21.60, 3. Hawaiian 2:25.31, 4. Kahana 2:27.33, 5. Kihei 2:27.66, 6. Na Kai Ewalu 2:59.57. 14–1. Hawaiian 2:08.95 (Dorian Josue, Valentine Goelz, Kala’e Kaluakini, Ryan Murphy, Dustin Metzler Jr., Kamahiwa Molitau), 2. Napili 2:10.75, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 2:14.79, 4. Kahana 2:24.88, 5. Kihei 2:25.38, 6. Lahaina 2:45.28.

Half Mile

15–1. Hawaiian 4:27.73 (Kana’i Fisher, Ga Sum Isotov-Chang, Aden Johnson, Jaden Givensel, Evan Recopuerto, Nainoa Riglos), 2. Napili 4:34.94, 3. Hana 4:44.24, 4. Lahaina 5:28.31. 16–1. Hawaiian 4:13.00 (Aiden Eda, Matthew Hoonan, Kainoa Eiting, Hunter Carpio, Azur Hookano, Kala’i Anderson), 2. Napili 4:19.97, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 4:47.01, 4. Kihei 4:47.58, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 4:54.23. 18–1. Wailea 4:08.45 (Moki Foster-Molina, Maverick Akana, Kiva Herrera, Noa Kamalu, Triston Kaho’okele-Santos, Andrew Kalama), 2. Hawaiian 4:13.27, 3. Kihei 4:30.11, 4. Napili 4:35.33, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 4:40.31. 40–1. Wailea 3:40.59 (Kai Bartlett, Kalani Tancayo, Hide Yoshikawa, Mael Carey, Felipe Gomes, Pete Gapero Jr), 2. Hawaiian 4:00.28, 3. Kihei 4:01.18. 50–1. Wailea 4:10.62 (Joe Mateo, Bozo Dudoit, Lee Ishikawa, Bear Keahi, Ani Alfaro-Castro, Adam Quinn), 2. Hawaiian 4:16.49, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 4:33.45, 4. Napili 4:52.77. 55–1. Hawaiian 4:08.35 (Dana Souza, Kauhane Luuwai, Roberto Protti, Matthew Daniells, Michael Newbro, John Redongo), 2. Kihei 4:11.46. 60–1. Hawaiian 4:07.16 (Lex Raas, Paul Beattie, Kevin Ledesma, Frank Zajac, Dana Souza, Harold Ferris), 2. Kihei 4:21.56, 3. Kahana 4:38.81, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 4:54.05. 65–1. Hawaiian 4:18.45 (Jerry Jameson, Lance Cushenberry, Lou Dionese, Biggie Lara, Wendall DeVera, Pia Aluli), 2. Kihei 4:36.29, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 4:37.06, 4. Kahana 5:03.24. 70–1. Kihei 4:36.93 (Bob Brooks, Mark Michelson, Ken Pearsall, Berney Coleman, Richard Ross, Mark Stanfield), 2. Hawaiian 4:37.94, 3. Kahana 4:57.45. Novice A–1. Kihei 4:05.36 (Gary Crandall, Niko Miller, Matthew Lewis, Nick Piguet, Bobby Silva, Jerry Ayala), 2. Na Kai Ewalu 4:05.71, 3. Hawaiian 4:13.97, 4. Kahana 4:17.20, 5. Napili 4:21.10. Novice B–1. Hawaiian 4:31.33 (Kenyon Smith, Todd Lynam, Kimo Balllesteros, Derrin Johnson, Alan Davidson, Kapono Zukevich), 2. Na Kai Ewalu 4:38.78, 3. Kihei 4:41.40, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 5:02.80. Open Four–1. Wailea 4:21.73 (Stephen Cutillo, Sean Murphy, Lopaka White, Kevin Dudoit), 2. Napili 4:35.70, 3. Hawaiian 4:38.81, 4. Lahaina 4:59.36, 5. Kahana 5:07.18, 6. Kihei 5:09.18.

Mile

Freshman–1. Wailea 8:03.75 (Jonas Arcikauskas, Stephen Cutillo, Kevin Dudoit, Will Rich, Sean Murphy, Kapena Bugarin), 2. Napili 8:23.95, 3. Kahana 8:43.04, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 8:47.51, 5. Hawaiian 9:20.11, 6. Hana 11:18.34. Sophomore–1. Wailea 8:13.26 (Pete Gapero Jr, Kekoa Cramer, Diego Panza, Tenati Fareea, Nalu Sampson, J.R. Rios), 2. Hawaiian 8:54.16, 3. Napili 9:05.64, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 9:21.83. Junior–1. Wailea 8:17.07 (Dane Dudoit, Felipe Gomes, Lopaka White, Joshua Kekupa’a Nae’ole, Tyson Kubo, Quinn Whitford), 2. Kihei 8:25.36, 3. Hawaiian 9:10.62.

1 1⁄2 Miles

Open–1. Wailea 12:06.73 (Nalu Sampson, Jonas Arcikauskas, Joshua Kekupa’a Nae’ole, Kapena Bugarin, Micah Echiverri, Triston Kaho’okele-Santos), 2. Kihei 12:25.92, 3. Napili 12:51.44, 4. Kahana 13:03.02, 5. Hawaiian 13:12.46.

Mixed

Quarter Mile

12–1. Hawaiian 2:34.02 (Cody Frampton, Tuloa Smith, Kaesha Purdy, Isabelle Brown, Malia-Kala Cosare, Damon Josue), 2. Hana 2:41.08, 3. Napili 2:44.67, 4. Kihei 2:57.50, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 2:58.32, 6. Lahaina 2:59.56, 7. Kahana 3:22.00. Novice B–1. Na Kai Ewalu 2:17.29 (Joshua Galvan, Jason Weeks, Cameron Rogers, Daniel Hernandez, Rachel Vigliotti, Justin Stanton), 2. Hawaiian 2:19.30, 3. Kihei 2:24.95, 4. Napili 2:27.09, 5. Wailea 2:32.36, 6. Lae’ula O Kai 2:39.34.

Half Mile

15–1. Hawaiian 4:55.97 (Juliette Gebb, Amoi Rutherford-Storm, Tristen Matsuura, Ely Lopez, Jacqueline Cano, Jaden Givensel), 2. Napili 5:04.70, 3. Hana 5:14.59, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 5:32.68, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 5:39.60, 6. Kihei 5:51.35. 40–1. Wailea 4:14.88 (Melanie King, Lee Ishikawa, Joe Mateo, Kathrine Lindeman, Marjie Kahookele-Pea, Kalani Tancayo), 2. Hawaiian 4:28.20, 3. Kihei 4:44.64, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 4:48.59, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 4:54.46. 55–1. Hawaiian 4:36.95 (Marian Zajac, Matthew Daniells, Lynn Carroll, Kauhane Luuwai, Trez Harrisson, Michael Newbro), 2. Kihei 4:37.35, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 4:52.02, 4. Napili 5:44.46. 60–1. Kihei 5:07.92 (Brian Tyrol, Mike Schindler, John Salse, Denise Guerin, Teresa Reiss, Bonney Esbensen), 2. Lae’ula O Kai 5:20.95, 3. Wailea 5:37.02. 65–1. Kihei 5:05.23 (Mike Strauss, Kawika Gomes Jr., Meryl Cohen, Iris Mountcastle, Anita Anderson, Mark Michelson), 2. Hawaiian 5:08.53, 3. Kahana 6:25.28. 70–1. Hawaiian 5:26.03 (Mikki Clark, Ben Martin, Sandy Cole, Brian Miller, Michael Spalding, Dawn Kaluakini), 2. Kihei 5:36.49, 3. Kahana 6:46.85. Open–1. Wailea 3:46.13 (Marjie Kahookele-Pea, Kekoa Cramer, Mahealani Kahale, Rachel Holden, Kai Bartlett, Kekoa Kahookele-Santos), 2. Hawaiian 4:00.54, 3. Kahana 4:01.83, 4. Napili 4:02.76, 5. Kihei 4:06.09, 6. Lae’ula O Kai 4:11.46, 7. Na Kai Ewalu 4:17.09, 8. Lahaina 4:27.69.