Hawaiian wraps up 35th straight MCHCA championship season

Club has successful day at Hanakao‘o, focus now turns to state regatta

Hawaiian Canoe Club’s sophomore women’s crew heads back to shore after winning Saturday during the MCHCA Championship Regatta at Hanakao‘o (Canoe) Beach Park. The Maui News / DAKOTA GROSSMAN photo

LAHAINA — Hawaiian Canoe Club put the ribbon on its 35th straight Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association title under a baking West Maui sun on Saturday.

The 15-time state champions left Hanakao’o (Canoe) Beach Park with more reasons to smile than that however.

HCC won 18 events on the 49-race schedule to win the MCHCA Championship Regatta that was also the Keiki O Maui event hosted by Lahaina Canoe Club. Hawaiian had 148 points, while Kihei was second with 108.

Napili was third with 74 points on the day that the two MCHCA qualifiers per race were finalized for the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association state regatta, set for Aug. 3 at Hanalei Bay, Kauai.

“For us it went pretty well, we got everything we tried to go for today,” HCC keiki coach Paul Luuwai said. “We had about seven really big races and only one race we didn’t fulfill our destiny, but we were really close.”

Wailea Canoe Club edges Hawaiian Canoe Club in the men’s 50 race Saturday. Wailea finished with a time of 3:50.73, followed by Hawaiian in 3:52.76. The Maui News / DAKOTA GROSSMAN photo

The dominant club in the state over the last two decades finished second in the state regatta by a wide margin last year to Oahu power Lanikai. A month ago, Luuwai was not optimistic about his club’s chances of beating Lanikai on Kauai, but that changed by the end of the festivities on Saturday.

Hawaiian came into the day with 30 crews in state-qualifying positions, and nudged that total to 31. With several Oahu clubs planning to skip the state regatta — including Outrigger and Hui Nalu — the chance to “purchase” lanes to state will be large.

The third-place finishers in the MCHCA will have the first chance from Maui County to move into available spots to state. Luuwai expects to have 40 crews in the 43-race state schedule.

“Our novice A women had to beat Kihei to get a tie and a race off (for the second state spot) and they beat them again,” Luuwai said. “So, I’m really stoked at our performance today. Our 13 girls won, they came in ahead by one point. The 13 boys had to win to get in and they did. It was that kind of day.”

Now, Luuwai feels Lanikai is within HCC’s reach. The absence of some of the Oahu powers will help both of the state-title contending clubs, Luuwai said.

Jerry Jameson of Hawaiian Canoe Club smiles as he runs through the victory tunnel after his mix 65 crew won Saturday. The Maui News / DAKOTA GROSSMAN photo

“Outrigger has its specialties and Hui Nalu is kind of good all the way around, so it helps both of us,” Luuwai said. “It helps Lanikai more, so good for them, but it’s going to be a battle.”

Host Lahaina Canoe Club did not qualify a crew for states, but the small club rose to the occasion of hosting the final regatta of the summer on Maui with a little help from Hanakao’o neighbors Napili and Kahana canoe clubs.

“The three clubs have really come together better than I have ever seen the three clubs come together,” LCC president Mark Shimer said. “Like Kahana set up their tent because our tent was being used for food booths, so Kahana took care of the (judges’) stage and their tent, Napili helped us with our canoes. It was really a group effort — that’s what really happened this year.”

Recent storms and high tides covered the entire sandy part of the beach a few months ago, but conditions were stellar on Saturday.

“The clubs really came together — the whole Kaanapali redevelopment thing really united these clubs,” Shimer said. “It was really great to see.”

Wailea Canoe Club’s men’s freshmen crew charges through the blustery afternoon winds Saturday to win at Hanakao‘o (Canoe) Beach. The Maui News / DAKOTA GROSSMAN photo

LCC secretary Rose Crichton said the keiki from all three clubs would do Hawaiian chants together all season long under the direction of Anake Maile Gonzalves.

The effort to put on the finale was not easy for one of the smallest clubs in the MCHCA.

“It was definitely a challenge,” Crichton said. “We joked around all day saying ‘small-club issues,’ but we know that it all had to get done. With the people that we had around, we couldn’t have asked for more with the amount of time and effort they put in, from our limited amount of adult paddlers to our keiki parents.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

Keiki O Maui

MCHCA Championship Regatta

Saturday’s Results

At Hanakao’o (Canoe) Beach Park

Female

Quarter Mile

12A–1. Hawaiian 2:08.22 (Lilyanna Bryant, Joessi Alconcel, Titaina Santos, Lei’ohu Turley, Malia-Kala Cosare, Maka Carey), 2. Napili 2:09.59, 3. Kihei 2:11.43, 4. Hana 2:12.40, 5. Lahaina 2:23.13, 6. Lae’ula O Kai 2:30.55, 7. Na Kai Ewalu 2:42.49. 12B–1. Hawaiian 2:19.53 (Lokana-Marie Puu, Isabelle Brown, Jasmine Eggers, Meleana Aurelio, Keilana Johnston, Lei’ohu Turley), 2. Hana 2:21.06, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 2:23.48, 4. Kahana 2:24.57, 5. Napili 2:28.74, 6. Na Kai Ewalu 2:29.18, 7. Lahaina 2:37.12. 13–1. Hawaiian 2:10.08 (Maka Carey, Malia-Kala Cosare, Kaesha Purdy, Maura Smith, Pumehana Vierra, Zhen Li Richards), 2. Na Kai Ewalu 2:12.53, 3. Napili 2:13.84, 4. Kihei 2:17.26, 5. Kahana 2:22.25, 6. Hana 2:24.52, 7. Lae’ula O Kai 2:29.16. 14–1. Napili 1:59.83 (Maile Cacal, Quinsea Loft, Taimane Cajudoy, Tiana-Rose Naki, Shyla Rodrigues, Puliki Rogers), 2. Na Kai Ewalu 2:02.42, 3. Hawaiian 2:05.73, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 2:13.51, 5. Kahana 2:15.74, 6. Hana 2:17.89, 7. Kihei 2:20.63. Novice B–1. Na Kai Ewalu 2:03.19 (Jade Bowman, Jacelyn Barrozo, Bianca Whyte, Justin Stanton, Rachel Vigliotti, Jennifer Koskey), 2. Hawaiian 2:04.46, 3. Kihei 2:05.68, 4. Napili 2:09.81, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 2:12.17.

Half Mile

15–1. Hawaiian 4:30.59 (Kawaiola Simoes, Kuaola Emmsley, Keani Artates-Kahui, Nohealani Ledesma, Maile Turley, Juliette Gebb), 2. Napili 4:53.93, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 5:11.34, 4. Kihei 5:15.47. 16–1. Hawaiian 4:34.19 (Kawaiola Simoes, Tehani Santos, Skyler Sands, Keani Artates-Kahui, Kailia Purdy, Melina Perez), 2. Kihei 4:49.52, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 5:00.73. 18–1. Hawaiian 4:33.03 (Tatiana Soon, Juliette Gebb, Kuaola Emmsley, McKenna Kanekoa, Rose Delaney, Kamakana Kawaa), 2. Napili 4:40.40, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 4:47.85, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 4:54.38, 5. Lahaina 4:58.73, 6. Kihei 5:03.91. 40–1. Lae’ula O Kai 4:37.97 (Joanna Tablang, Christine Donovan, Michele Golberg, Nani Vickers, Paige Torres, Mary Kielty), 2. Kihei 4:43.34, 3. Napili 5:27.59. 50–1. Kihei 4:41.94 (Lani Espinoza, Cate Bellafiore, Ingrid Thronson, Chanda Kiley Roberts, Patty Phillips, Polly Arnold-Lorge), 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:42.72, 3. Hawaiian 4:50.36. 55–1. Lae’ula O Kai 4:45.63 (Holly Dollar, Jacque Mulleitner, Lei Laanui, Tiffany Tanju, Tanya Muhle, Kimberly Vanderlaan), 2. Kihei 4:47.84, 3. Hawaiian 5:12.41. 60–1. Kihei 4:47.96 (Katy Smith, Judy Epstein, Teresa Reiss, Bonney Esbensen, Gail Wood, Paulette Scheffer), 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:52.37, 3. Hawaiian 4:53.08. 65–1. Kihei 5:02.49 (Vanessa Weiss, Anita Anderson, Deb Pearsall, Iris Mountcastle, Deanna Salse, Paulette Scheffer), 2. Hawaiian 5:19.32. 70–1. Kihei 5:32.76 (Wanda Shirreff, Sandy Bell, Jolyne Rego, Sally Ann Delos Reyes, Renee Riley, Diane Wetzel), 2. Hawaiian 5:46.78. Novice A–1. Na Kai Ewalu 4:23.37 (Jessica Galvan, Linea Hulse, Heather Marshall, Alix Buchter, Luna Amico, Erica Amico), 2. Hawaiian 4:34.57, 3. Kihei 4:37.13, 4. Lahaina 4:59.88, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 5:19.46. Open Four–1. Napili 5:05.45 (Chelsey Erickson-Vierra, Aubrie Danielle Morrell, Amie Gerber, Theresa Marzan), 2. Hawaiian 5:13.60, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 5:39.85, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 5:52.10, 5. Kihei 6:11.10, 6. Kahana 6:30.93.

Mile

Freshman–1. Lae’ula O Kai 9:35.63 (Hoapili Kealoha, Jessica Laanui, Emily Smith, Kamalani Kanekoa, Sarah Plemel, Mary Kielty), 2. Na Kai Ewalu 9:52.37. Sophomore–1. Hawaiian 9:30.73 (Dane Ward, Margie Kawaiaea, Kaya Givensel, Theresa Gerry, Olivia Delaney, Lauren Spalding), 2. Lae’ula O Kai 9:57.43, 3. Kihei 10:06.00, 4. Napili 11:08.28. Junior–1. Kihei 9:24.83 (Michele Willmering, Julie Shoup, Suzanne Conlon, Sandy Carvalho, Jen Edwards, Allison Lee), 2. Wailea 9:37.06, 3. Hawaiian 10:04.78, 4. Napili 11:14.39, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 11:22.02.

11⁄2 Miles

Open–1. Kihei 14:32.23 (Jen Edwards, Sandy Carvalho, Michele Willmering, Allison Lee, Shelby Carlson, Julie Shoup), 2. Hawaiian 14:57.12, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 16:01.27, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 16:18.16, 5. Kahana 17:38.82.

Male

Quarter Mile

12A–1. Hawaiian 2:02.83 (Keanu Reyes, Brennan Molina, Tuloa Smith, Damon Josue, Niuhi Howard II, Cody Frampton), 2. Napili 2:03.53, 3. Kihei 2:10.31, 4. Wailea 2:16.67, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 2:23.38, 6. Na Kai Ewalu 2:44.63. 12B–1. Kahana 2:08.83 (Brayden Swanson, Teva Loft, Rex Culligan, Zeke Gobel, Khai Mullen, Kainalu Teeters), 2. Napili 2:11.35, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 2:14.50, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 2:17.32, 5. Hawaiian 2:20.29, 6. Kihei 2:23.22. 13–1. Hawaiian 1:49.10 (Brennan Molina, Edward Oliveira, Talon Hundley, Cody Frampton, Kamahiwa Molitau, Jonah Thorndike), 2. Napili 1:50.30, 3. Lahaina 1:55.99, 4. Hana 1:56.65, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 1:59.99, 6. Kahana 2:00.69, 7. Na Kai Ewalu 2:03.73, 8. Kihei 2:07.55. 14–1. Hawaiian 1:46.68 (Dorian Josue, Valentine Goelz, Kala’e Kaluakini, Kamahiwa Molitau, Drake Breitbach, Ryan Murphy), 2. Napili 1:49.06, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 1:53.63, 4. Kihei 2:05.05, 5. Kahana 2:05.66.

Half Mile

15–1. Hawaiian 3:59.13 (Kaehukai Molitau, Ga Sum Isotov-Chang, Kana’i Fisher, Flavio Signoretti, Brock Lovell, Jaden Givensel), 2. Napili 4:12.17, 3. Kihei 4:27.18, 4. Lahaina 4:46.10. 16–1. Napili 4:17.65 (Justin Jr Kaupe-DeLeon, Keli’i Snyder-Opunui, Kawai’ola Kauhane, Joshua Tihada, Finn McAfee, Treven Tihada), 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:22.95, 3. Kihei 4:28.69. 18–1. Hawaiian 3:57.22 (Kaehukai Molitau, Hunter Carpio, Joshua Kailiehu, Kainoa Eiting, Matthew Hoonan, Azur Hookano), 2. Wailea 4:00.12, 3. Kihei 4:20.45, 4. Napili 4:26.14, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 4:29.73. 40–1. Wailea 3:50.08 (Mael Carey, Robert Brede, Kingi Gilbert, George Dagan, Pete Gapero Jr, Kalani Tancayo), 2. Napili 4:03.77, 3. Kihei 4:04.98, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 4:06.09, 5. Hawaiian 4:12.98. 50–1. Wailea 3:50.73 (Ani Alfaro-Castro, Bear Keahi, Joe Mateo, Bozo Dudoit, Lee Ishikawa, Adam Quinn), 2. Hawaiian 3:52.76, 3. Napili 4:20.22, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 4:24.25, 5. Kihei 4:34.41. 55–1. Hawaiian 4:08.17 (John Redongo, Chris Masterson, Chuck Barrett, Joe Spillman, Dana Souza, Kauhane Luuwai), 2. Kihei 4:10.86, 3. Kahana 4:38.25. 60–1. Hawaiian 4:02.38 (Harold Ferris, John 3Rd Mccandless, Dana Souza, Lex Raas, Kevin Ledesma, Frank Zajac), 2. Kihei 4:19.30, 3. Kahana 4:35.59, 4. Wailea 4:48.52, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 5:12.00. 65–1. Hawaiian 4:15.10 (Lou Dionese, Biggie Lara, Wayne Wong, Harold Ferris, Wendall DeVera, Pia Aluli), 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:30.21, 3. Kihei 4:30.48, 4. Kahana 5:02.51. 70–1. Hawaiian 4:26.09 (Pia Aluli, Ben Martin, Bob Getzen, Bill Prucha, Brian Miller, Michael Spalding), 2. Kihei 4:35.38, 3. Kahana 4:48.87, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 4:49.53. Novice A–1. Kihei 4:00.35 (Bobby Silva, Nick Piguet, Gary Crandall, Jerry Ayala, Matthew Lewis, Niko Miller), 2. Na Kai Ewalu 4:00.70, 3. Kahana 4:04.92, 4. Hawaiian 4:10.29, 5. Napili 4:31.89. Novice B–1. Kahana 3:56.67 (Neri Duarozan, Rodrigo Rodriguez Diaz, Thomas Thomas, James Strickland, Vladimir Porac, Cesar Garcia), 2. Hawaiian 3:57.65, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 4:08.16, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 4:33.45. Open Four–1. Wailea 4:15.74 (Will Rich, J.R. Rios, Mael Carey, Sean Murphy), 2. Napili 4:16.93, 3. Hawaiian 4:31.69, 4. Kahana 4:42.90, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 5:11.28.

Mile

Freshman–1. Wailea 7:57.47 (Kevin Dudoit, Will Rich, Sean Murphy, Stephen Cutillo, Kapena Bugarin, Jonas Arcikauskas), 2. Napili 8:15.16, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 9:02.67. Sophomore–1. Wailea 8:07.49 (Pete Gapero Jr, Kekoa Cramer, Diego Panza, George Dagan, Kimo Knutson, J.R. Rios), 2. Napili 8:25.53, 3. Hawaiian 8:26.08, 4. Kahana 8:43.69. Junior–1. Wailea 7:54.54 (Joshua Kekupa’a Nae’ole, Tyson Kubo, Kekoa Kahookele-Santos, Lopaka White, Dane Dudoit, Felipe Gomes), 2. Kihei 8:28.93, 3. Napili 9:24.88.

11⁄2 Miles

Open–1. Wailea 11:43.03 (Kekoa Kahookele-Santos, Dane Dudoit, Joshua Kekupa’a Nae’ole, Felipe Gomes, Kevin Dudoit, Kekoa Cramer), 2. Kihei 13:22.36, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 13:49.50, 4. Hawaiian 14:31.21, 5. Kahana 15:00.38.

Mixed

Quarter Mile

12–1. Hawaiian 2:21.05 (Tuloa Smith, Damon Josue, Keanu Reyes, Joessi Alconcel, Lilyanna Bryant, Titaina Santos), 2. Hana 2:21.94, 3. Kihei 2:22.53, 4. Napili 2:39.42, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 2:40.38, 6. Kahana 2:41.38, 7. Lahaina 2:42.53, 8. Na Kai Ewalu 2:51.00. Novice B–1. Hawaiian 1:54.03 (Derrin Johnson, Todd Lynam, Eden Stewart, Kimberly Hedden-Flowers, Charles Fisher, Carissa Holley), 2. Na Kai Ewalu 1:54.55, 3. Kihei 2:00.80, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 2:02.81, 5. Wailea 2:04.04, 6. Napili 2:08.63.

Half Mile

15–1. Napili 4:32.39 (Patricia Haufekai, Treven Tihada, Taimane Cajudoy, Tiana-Rose Naki, Josese Kaina, Benjamin Lolesio), 2. Hawaiian 4:32.92, 3. Kahana 4:42.32, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 4:47.13, 5. Lahaina 4:52.02, 6. Hana 4:57.32, 7. Na Kai Ewalu 4:59.89, 8. Kihei 5:12.20. 40–1. Wailea 4:13.09 (Marjie Kahookele-Pea, Kathrine Lindeman, Melanie King, Kalani Tancayo, Joe Mateo, Lee Ishikawa), 2. Kihei 4:37.30, 3. Hawaiian 4:38.89, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 4:53.49, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 5:09.55. 55–1. Kihei 4:20.03 (Vanessa Weiss, Polly Arnold-Lorge, Mike Cordi, Switch Roberts, Bonney Esbensen, Kawika Williams), 2. Hawaiian 4:20.27, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 4:36.72, 4. Wailea 5:10.49, 5. Napili 5:26.31, 6. Kahana 5:27.63. 60–1. Kihei 4:42.13 (Anita Anderson, Mike Schindler, Eric Goertz, Iris Mountcastle, Teresa Reiss, Berney Coleman), 2. Wailea 4:51.21. 65–1. Hawaiian 4:42.65 (Gracia Neuhart, Sandy Cole, Susan McAtee, Lance Cushenberry, Jerry Jameson, Wayne Wong), 2. Kihei 4:57.39, 3. Kahana 5:22.66. 70–1. Kihei 5:01.89 (Wanda Shirreff, Bob Brooks, Ken Pearsall, Steve Hogin, Sandy Bell, Diane Wetzel), 2. Hawaiian 5:03.12, 3. Kahana 5:44.50. Open–1. Napili 4:07.88 (Kona Maielua, Brian Morris, Aubrie Danielle Morrell, Cord Munoz, Chelsey Erickson-Vierra, Theresa Marzan), 2. Wailea 4:13.76, 3. Hawaiian 4:35.23, 4. Kihei 4:35.80, 5. Kahana 4:36.37, 6. Na Kai Ewalu 5:01.21, 7. Lahaina 5:07.91.