By Clare Seeger Mawae
The forecast for race five, held April 30, called for light and variable winds. How wrong was that.
Steady trades hit Kamalo during registration. Keala Freemon, leading the points in the long course, once again brought another victory to his name with a time of 1 hour, 40 minutes. Raleigh Poepoe came in second, a minute behind Keala, and Jesseca Oswald took third place overall and first place for women with a time of 1:49.
One hour later the kids started the short course, along with off-island visitor Christian Isaacs and his son. Kaydence Oswald, 11, shot off into the lead and took a convincing win in a time of 53:29. Christian Isaacs and his son Noa paddled in the tandem/family/fun division with a time of 54:50. This division has become increasingly popular with parents and children. Luhi Pedro, 11, took second overall in a time of 57:35 and 8 year-old Alex Mawae took third place in 1:00:37.
As the short course was on its way, excitement was happening down the road with some new kids entering the race at Ali’i Fishpond. Slater Oswald chaperoned Reeve and Naavah Albino. Reeve came in with a credible time of 21:37 for the one-mile course and sister Naavah in 21:57. Hats go off to Slater for being such a good chaperone. He was the second of the Youth In Motion kids to fracture his wrist this year, and could not race.
This was another excellent day of the race series of Makani Ikaika O Molokai. Currently Keala Freeman is leading in the long course series, but anything can happen at the grand finale in the Molokai Holokai. Although the short course (3.5 miles) is finished, the competitors will all be getting bonus points at the Molokai Holokai, hosted by the Molokai Ohana Surf Club, on May 28, so the top three could change. So far, the unofficial results of the short course are showing Kaydence Oswald in the lead, Alex Mawae in second, and Kekai Adachi in third place.
This has been quite an incredible series for the kids and we encourage more family and youth to sign up for next year. From the beginning of the year, these kids were so scared to go out to the reef. As the season comes to an end, their confidence levels have risen and they are now ready to take on the deep blue. We also found a new category and division, the tandem racing with one adult and one child, which has been a good way to encourage the younger ones to get out on the ocean.
For more information on next year’s race series, the youth training program, register with the organization, volunteer, or donate, go to http://www.supmolokai.org or contact Clare Seeger Mawae at 808-336-0946, email firstname.lastname@example.org.