‘Pink hats’ paddle to victory at Moki Kalanikau Regatta

The Kihei Canoe Club junior women’s crew of Michele Willmering, Julie Shoup, Suzanne Conlon, Sandy Carvalho, Jen Edwards and Allison Lee paddle to a win at the Moki Kalanikau Regatta on Saturday at Kahului Harbor. The Maui News / DAKOTA GROSSMAN photo

KAHULUI — After competing at the 2017 HCRA State Championship Regatta, a group of women from the Kihei Canoe Club received pink hats.

They have worn their signature color ever since.

Through the gusty Saturday afternoon winds at Kahului Harbor, the ‘pink hats’ paddled to first in the junior women’s mile during the Moki Kalanikau Regatta.

“It was super fast going down because of the wind and it was definitely more of a push to come back,” said steersman Julie Shoup, who pushed the crew to finish in 10 minutes, 1.29 seconds. “We all sort of started coming together as a crew about three years ago, we’ve had a couple in and out, but mainly this is our core group.”

Shoup was joined by Michele Willmering, Susanne Conlon, Sandy Carvalho, Jen Edwards and Allison Lee.

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They collectively said that their goal is to bring home a gold medal from the state championships, which will be held Aug. 3 at Hanalei Bay on Kauai.

“Tell the crowd to follow the pink hats,” Edwards added.

Kihei racked up 10 wins Saturday. In addition to the juniors, winners also included Kihei’s women’s 50, 60, 65, 70 and open crews, as well as their mixed 55, 60, 65 and 70 squads.

“I’m so proud. The season has been really good, like I said, we got 21 teams scoring so far,” Kihei coach Kawika Williams said with a smile. “I think that’s the most we’ve ever had. The group synergy is just going off this year. They all bring good energy to the club.”

Kihei also showed their strength in the keiki races, capturing second in the girls 12A and 16.

Kihei Canoe Club’s women’s 60 crew leads Hawaiian Canoe Club through the turn on its way to winning Saturday’s race at Kahului Harbor. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

“I’m happy with how they did,” Williams said. “I think the kids got around 20 points today, which is the most I think.”

In addition to hosting Saturday’s regatta and coaching a club of about 200 members, Williams also competed in two races.

His men’s 55 crew was edged by Hawaiian by just over a second, but Williams and Kihei’s 55 mix crew rebounded and handily beat Hawaiian with a time of 4:43.65.

“They’re tough, I mean, they’ve been the best club in the state for many, many years,” he said of Hawaiian.

Hawaiian collected 151 points to win Saturday’s regatta, followed by Kihei with 107 and Lae’ula with 67.

Kihei’s men’s 60 crew comes out of the turn with the lead before finishing second to Hawaiian. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

All the teams head to Hanakao’o (Canoe) Beach Park next Saturday for the final Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association event of the season. It’s the last opportunity for clubs to qualify their crews for the state championship, which is something that Hawaiian coach Paul Luuwai has on his mind.

“It’s been a pretty good day for us actually, we did move up in a couple seeds and we didn’t lose any seeds,” he said Saturday. “This late in the season, to lose a seed or gain a seed, is really critical for us. So it’s really important to hang on to what we have.”

Luuwai added that he was particularly proud of his sophomore women’s crew, who took first with a time of 9:42.50. The crew of Olivia Delaney, Lauren Spalding, Kaya Givensel, Makanahele Emmsley, Skyla Adriano-Howard and Hiilei Luuwai beat the field by over 41 seconds.

“These girls left the kid division a month ago to help our open women out,” he said. “We are short in our women’s division this year. … That was probably our biggest thing today, that these guys won their race.”

Hawaiian’s sophomore men’s crew also secured a spot in the state competition.

Kihei steersman Sinjin Estomo laughs while going over her weekly instructions with coach Vanessa Weiss and her girls 12A crewmates Saturday. Estomo’s diagram drew inspiration from last week’s massive brush fire. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

“The wind was amazing because we are used to it, it’s kind of our home course,” Nic Colon said after finishing in 8:44.24, along with teammates Mark Soon, Jordan Ware, Maikai Cadman, Mogul Luuwai and Aaron Brummel. “It’s definitely a lot heavier than it has been, but the race went well. We stacked our boat today with some of our best.”

* Dakota Grossman is at dgrossman@mauinews.com.

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Saturday’s Results • At Kahului Harbor

Kihei’s women’s 65 crew paddles to a win over second-place Hawaiian. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Hawaiian 151, Kihei 107, Lae’ula O Kai 67, Napili 64, Wailea 44, Na Kai Ewalu 35, Kahana 24, Hana 16, Lahaina 4.

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Season Standings

Through six of seven events

Hawaiian 944, Kihei 664, Napili 358, Lae’ula O Kai 335, Wailea 323, Na Kai Ewalu 211, Kahana 146, Hana 85, Lahaina 36.

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MCHCA Moki Kalanikau Regatta

Saturday’s Results

At Kahului Harbor

Female

Quarter Mile

12A–1. Hawaiian 2:36.70 (Lilyanna Bryant, Joessi Alconcel, Titaina Santos, Lei’ohu Turley, Isabelle Brown, Maka Carey), 2. Kihei 2:39.44, 3. Hana 2:43.89, 4. Napili 2:51.23, 5. Lahaina 2:57.97, 6. Lae’ula O Kai 3:10.72, 7. Na Kai Ewalu 3:33.26. 12B–1. Lae’ula O Kai 3:05.58 (Kayla Wada, Kamryn Taomoto, Tehani Han, Maka Galase-Moepono, Deshaye Acantilado-Kaleikini, Napua Jost Ikeda), 2. Lahaina 3:07.75, 3. Napili 3:14.51, 4. Kahana 3:20.79. 13–1. Hawaiian 2:40.69 (Julia Lopez, Malia-Kala Cosare, Kaesha Purdy, Maura Smith, Pumehana Vierra, Zhen Li Richards), 2. Napili 2:42.93, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 2:47.05, 4. Kihei 2:48.84, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 2:51.41, 6. Kahana 2:57.01, 7. Hana 3:02.15. 14–1. Napili 2:27.42 (Maile Cacal, Quinsea Loft, Taimane Cajudoy, Tiana-Rose Naki, Shyla Rodrigues, Puliki Rogers), 2. Na Kai Ewalu 2:29.91, 3. Hawaiian 2:31.85, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 2:41.11, 5. Kihei 2:49.75, 6. Kahana 2:59.77. Novice B–1. Hawaiian 2:31.43 (Chastine Mendoza, Carissa Holley, Janelle-Laverne Kekiwi, Valerie Campos, Keturah Schmidt, Sydney Huntsinger), 2. Na Kai Ewalu 2:35.20, 3. Kihei 2:35.50, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 2:45.38, 5. Napili 2:49.84.

Half Mile

15–1. Hawaiian 4:53.22 (Kawaiola Simoes, Kuaola Emmsley, Keani Artates-Kahui, Juliette Gebb, Maile Turley, Nohealani Ledesma), 2. Napili 5:03.26, 3. Kihei 6:06.32. 16–1. Hawaiian 4:58.20 (Kawaiola Simoes, Tehani Santos, Maile Turley, Melina Perez, Kailia Purdy, Keani Artates-Kahui), 2. Kihei 5:24.05, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 5:26.43. 18–1. Hawaiian 4:54.98 (Tatiana Soon, Tehani Santos, Kuaola Emmsley, Kamakana Kawaa, Rose Delaney, McKenna Kanekoa), 2. Na Kai Ewalu 5:16.86, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 5:28.85, 4. Napili 5:30.99. 40–1. Lae’ula O Kai 4:58.75 (Joanna Tablang, Kelly Cua, Michele Golberg, Nani Vickers, Paige Torres, Mary Kielty), 2. Kihei 5:06.20, 3. Hawaiian 5:34.16, 4. Napili 5:40.31. 50–1. Kihei 5:03.54 (Lani Espinoza, Cate Bellafiore, Ingrid Thronson, Chanda Kiley Roberts, Patty Phillips, Polly Arnold-Lorge), 2. Lae’ula O Kai 5:14.31, 3. Hawaiian 5:29.75. 55–1. Lae’ula O Kai 5:07.23 (Holly Dollar, Jacque Mulleitner, Tiffany Tanju, Sonseeaya Holloway, Tanya Muhle, Kimberly Vanderlaan), 2. Kihei 5:29.05, 3. Hawaiian 5:29.63, 4. Wailea 6:09.35. 60–1. Kihei 4:59.62 (Katy Smith, Judy Epstein, Teresa Reiss, Bonney Esbensen, Gail Wood, Denise Guerin), 2. Hawaiian 5:02.54, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 5:22.94. 65–1. Kihei 5:08.30 (Vanessa Weiss, Anita Anderson, Deb Pearsall, Iris Mountcastle, Deanna Salse, Paulette Scheffer), 2. Hawaiian 5:32.81, 3. Kahana 6:24.00. 70–1. Kihei 5:45.22 (Wanda Shirreff, Sandy Bell, Jolyne Rego, Audrey Quinn, Renee Riley, Diane Wetzel), 2. Hawaiian 5:57.51. Novice A–1. Na Kai Ewalu 4:34.38 (Jessica Galvan, Linea Hulse, Heather Marshall, Erica Amico, Luna Amico, Alix Buchter), 2. Hawaiian 4:48.45, 3. Kihei 4:55.20, 4. Kahana 5:05.45, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 5:49.20. Open Four–1. Napili 5:32.44 (Chelsey Erickson-Vierra, Aubrie Danielle Morrell, Amie Gerber, Theresa Marzan), 2. Lae’ula O Kai 5:44.15, 3. Hawaiian 5:48.18, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 5:50.77, 5. Kihei 6:08.94, 6. Lahaina 6:24.78.

Mile

Freshman–1. Lae’ula O Kai 10:47.93 (Hoapili Kealoha, Jessica Laanui, Emily Smith, Kamalani Kanekoa, Sarah Plemel, Mary Kielty). Sophomore–1. Hawaiian 9:42.50 (Olivia Delaney, Lauren Spalding, Kaya Givensel, Makanahele Emmsley, Skyla Adriano-Howard, Hiilei Luuwai), 2. Lae’ula O Kai 10:24.38, 3. Kihei 10:48.01, 4. Napili 11:18.33. Junior–1. Kihei 10:01.29 (Michele Willmering, Julie Shoup, Suzanne Conlon, Sandy Carvalho, Jen Edwards, Allison Lee), 2. Hawaiian 10:43.33, 3. Wailea 10:50.25, 4. Napili 10:57.58, 5. Kahana 12:05.04, 6. Lae’ula O Kai 12:23.49.

11⁄2 Miles

Open–1. Kihei 15:15.31 (Jen Edwards, Sandy Carvalho, Michele Willmering, Julie Shoup, Jessica Ford, Allison Lee), 2. Hawaiian 15:34.65, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 16:07.35, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 16:20.28, 5. Kahana 17:51.29.

Male

Quarter Mile

12A–1. Hawaiian 2:26.07 (Keanu Reyes, Brennan Molina, Tuloa Smith, Damon Josue, Niuhi Howard II, Cody Frampton), 2. Napili 2:28.74, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 2:50.17, 4. Wailea 2:50.59, 5. Kihei 3:02.12, 6. Na Kai Ewalu 3:41.04. 12B–1. Lae’ula O Kai 2:51.17 (Kei’shun Malcolm, Ezekiel Moniz-Andrews, Isaiah Goosby, Tupou Tatofi, Bode Golberg, Noweo Kekauoha-Schultz), 2. Kahana 2:59.43, 3. Napili 3:01.86, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 3:14.69, 5. Kihei 3:29.00. 13–1. Hana 2:18.03 (Irie Mizner, Maua Malaikini, Kuikawa Park-Jeremiah, Kawika Helekahi, Nedabiah Hoopai-Feliciano, Keali’i Aina-Tehero), 2. Napili 2:20.69, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 2:25.53, 4. Hawaiian 2:29.85, 5. Lahaina 2:30.90, 6. Kahana 2:51.90. 14–1. Napili 2:01.43 (Kalaeloa Tancayo, Iliao Palakiko, Kailineheikekai Casco, Josese Kaina, Dylan Takahashi-Sagapolutele, Zyrome I’i-Kahahane), 2. Lae’ula O Kai 2:02.52, 3. Hawaiian 2:03.77, 4. Lahaina 2:25.96, 5. Kahana 2:34.01, 6. Kihei 2:36.98.

Half Mile

15–1. Hawaiian 4:17.34 (Kaehukai Molitau, Ga Sum Isotov-Chang, Kana’i Fisher, Jaden Givensel, Brock Lovell, Flavio Signoretti), 2. Napili 4:31.98, 3. Kihei 4:59.36. 16–1. Hawaiian 4:28.25 (Ryder Tremble, Jordan Soon, Kainoa Eiting, Aiden Eda, Azur Hookano, Kala’i Anderson), 2. Lae’ula O Kai 4:37.36, 3. Napili 4:46.36, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 5:10.17. 18–1. Hawaiian 4:04.54 (Kaehukai Molitau, Hunter Carpio, Joshua Kailiehu, Matthew Hoonan, Azur Hookano, Kainoa Eiting), 2. Wailea 4:04.86, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 4:42.57, 4. Napili 4:49.06. 40–1. Wailea 4:23.53 (Mael Carey, Tyson Kubo, Kingi Gilbert, George Dagan, Robert Brede, Felipe Gomes), 2. Kihei 4:28.89, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 4:35.92, 4. Hawaiian 4:44.04. 50–1. Hawaiian 4:28.12 (Gregg Kresge, Chris Masterson, Joe Spillman, Clay Rogers, David Ward, Kevin Ledesma), 2. Napili 4:56.83, 3. Kihei 5:01.23. 55–1. Hawaiian 4:17.32 (Michael Newbro, John 3Rd Mccandless, Chuck Barrett, Joe Spillman, Dana Souza, Kauhane Luuwai), 2. Kihei 4:18.39, 3. Kahana 5:02.69. 60–1. Hawaiian 4:19.50 (Ronald Johnston, Paul Beattie, Dana Souza, Jono Fadriquela, Kevin Ledesma, Frank Zajac), 2. Kihei 4:22.26, 3. Kahana 4:47.34, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 4:50.50. 65–1. Hawaiian 4:22.68 (Lou Dionese, Lance Cushenberry, Jerry Jameson, Harold Ferris, Wendall DeVera, Pia Aluli), 2. Kihei 4:43.40, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 4:47.76. 70–1. Hawaiian 4:44.33 (Pia Aluli, Ben Martin, Bob Getzen, Michael Spalding, Brian Miller, Bill Prucha), 2. Kihei 4:54.15, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 5:03.86, 4. Kahana 5:06.84. Novice A–1. Na Kai Ewalu 4:05.18 (Mark Leuffgen, Stephen Bennett, Carlos De Siqueira, Keith Barone, Brandon Martin, Sparky Reyna), 2. Kihei 4:07.91, 3. Kahana 4:12.59, 4. Hawaiian 4:19.39, 5. Napili 4:31.34. Novice B–1. Hawaiian 4:10.59 (Kenyon Smith, Todd Lynam, Kimo Balllesteros, Alan Davidson, Kapono Zukevich, Derrin Johnson), 2. Kahana 4:19.01, 3. Na Kai Ewalu 4:22.19, 4. Kihei 4:36.71. Open Four–1. Wailea 4:37.12 (Kevin Dudoit, Kapena Bugarin, Stephen Cutillo, Lopaka White), 2. Napili 4:41.13, 3. Hawaiian 4:48.30, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 5:02.97, 5. Hana 5:04.18, 5. Kahana 5:25.56, 6. Lahaina 5:31.13, 7. Kihei 5:31.41.

Mile

Freshman–1. Wailea 8:17.78 (Kevin Dudoit, Will Rich, Sean Murphy, Stephen Cutillo, Kapena Bugarin, Jonas Arcikauskas), 2. Napili 8:28.37, 3. Hana 9:13.53, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 9:44.96. Sophomore–1. Hawaiian 8:44.24 (Mark Soon, Jordan Ware, Maika’i Cadman, Mogul Luuwai, Aaron Brummel, Nicolas Colon), 2. Kahana 8:47.91, 3. Napili 8:49.97. Junior–1. Wailea 8:27.03 (Kekoa Kahookele-Santos, Lopaka White, Dane Dudoit, Tyson Kubo, Quinn Whitford, Felipe Gomes), 2. Kihei 9:05.22, 3. Napili 10:17.51.

11⁄2 Miles

Open–1. Wailea 12:54.98 (Sean Murphy, J.R. Rios, Will Rich, Kingi Gilbert, Hide Yoshikawa, Jonas Arcikauskas), 2. Kihei 12:55.59, 3. Hawaiian 13:41.76, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 13:42.32, 5. Kahana 14:07.14.

Mixed

Quarter Mile

12–1. Hana 2:28.93 (J-lah Sinenci, Kuikawa Park-Jeremiah, Kawika Helekahi, Jacob Pu, Arianna Helekahi, Nanea Morton Nakooka), 2. Hawaiian 2:29.22, 3. Napili 2:30.28, 4. Lae’ula O Kai 3:00.27, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 3:02.47, 6. Kihei 3:03.98, 7. Lahaina 3:08.37, 8. Kahana 3:09.66, 9. Wailea 3:16.66. Novice B–1. Hawaiian 2:13.19 (Derrin Johnson, Kapono Zukevich, Eden Stewart, Carissa Holley, Charles Fisher, Kimberly Hedden-Flowers), 2. Na Kai Ewalu 2:14.16, 3. Kihei 2:18.58, 4. Wailea 2:25.52, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 2:30.30.

Half Mile

15–1. Hawaiian 4:49.27 (Brock Lovell, Ely Lopez, Flavio Signoretti, Juliana Romero, Nohealani Ledesma, Bryanna Molina), 2. Napili 5:01.62, 3. Hana 5:02.71, 4. Kahana 5:07.05, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 5:16.44, 6. Lahaina 5:33.15, 7. Kihei 5:41.74. 40–1. Wailea 4:25.54 (Marjie Kahookele-Pea, Kathrine Lindeman, Melanie King, Kalani Tancayo, Joe Mateo, Lee Ishikawa), 2. Kihei 4:35.08, 3. Hawaiian 4:51.85, 4. Na Kai Ewalu 4:56.23, 5. Lae’ula O Kai 4:59.25. 55–1. Kihei 4:43.65 (Vanessa Weiss, Polly Arnold-Lorge, Mike Cordi, Switch Roberts, Bonney Esbensen, Kawika Williams), 2. Hawaiian 4:53.06, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 5:07.54, 4. Napili 5:56.47. 60–1. Kihei 5:18.08 (John Salse, Mike Schindler, Eric Goertz, Katy Smith, Teresa Reiss, Denise Guerin), 2. Hawaiian 5:29.46, 3. Lae’ula O Kai 5:43.89, 4. Wailea 6:05.73. 65–1. Kihei 5:46.77 (Deanna Salse, Anita Anderson, Stan Walerczyk, Mark Michelson, Meryl Cohen, Kawika Gomes Jr. ). 70–1. Kihei 5:54.95 (Wanda Shirreff, Bob Brooks, Ken Pearsall, Steve Hogin, Sandy Bell, Diane Wetzel), 2. Hawaiian 6:13.24, 3. Kahana 6:35.69. Open–1. Wailea 4:16.74 (Lyndsay Greenan, Mahealani Kahale, Marjie Kahookele-Pea, Kekoa Cramer, Kekoa Kahookele-Santos, Dane Dudoit), 2. Napili 4:27.14, 3. Kihei 4:37.55, 4. Kahana 4:39.50, 5. Na Kai Ewalu 4:49.55, 6. Lae’ula O Kai 5:24.72.