By Clare Seeger Mawae
The Stand-Up Paddle Association of Molokai held its first race of the Makani Ikaika O Molokai race series for 2012 on March 10.
The event sure lived up to its name. The Molokai to Oahu leg of the Olamau canoe race was postponed to March 11, due to high winds and big seas. Therefore, SUPAM did the same for the long course, Kamalo to Kaunakakai.
However, the short course — three miles from One Ali’i fishpond to Kaunakakai Harbor — was way inside the reef and in shallow water so it continued as scheduled. The wind was howling and for the kids that entered this was quite the adventure.
Kekai Adachi won his division in the youth category with fifth place overall finish and Jesseca Oswald smoked the race in 28 minutes, 5 seconds. Both Alex, 9, and Josie Mawae, 11, raced with Alex taking second overall in an unofficial time of 29.04 and Josie third with an unofficial time of 29.10.
David Lichtenstein won the surfboard division. Everyone was a winner on this day. Our thanks have to go to Gary Parsons from Canada who helped with chaperoning the kids.
On Sunday, March 11, the long course of 10 miles from Kamalo to Kaunakakai Harbor took place with Alex and Josie Mawae setting the early times for the season. Gary Parsons from Canada chose to chaperone since the safety boat had engine issues.
The wind was smoking and the course was set way inside the reef because of safety. Alex took a time of 2:04.46 with Josie following close behind in 2:05.33. The times were set for the beginning of the 2012 season, and those times should be slashed before the season is out.
The Makani Ikaika Race Series is purely grassroots and safety is the biggest concern. When the wind is strong the race course moves to inside of the reef, with the exception of those who are super advanced and familiar with the Kamalo run.
This is a great event to use as a training for bigger events as well as providing a first-time experience of racing. We encourage anyone interested in racing or just having some fun come join us for the season.
Contact Clare Mawae for more information at 808-336-0946 or go to the website supmolokai.org.
2. Sat., March 24, 2 p.m. (1.0ft) start rising tide till 4:45 p.m. (1.8ft).
3. Sat., April 7, 1:30 p.m. (1.1ft) start rising tide till 4:20 p.m. (2.2ft).
4. Sat., April 21, 1:00 p.m. (1.1ft) start rising tide till 3:52 p.m. (2.0ft).
5. Sat., May 5, noon start (1.0ft) rising tide till 3:15 p.m. (2.4ft).
6. Sat., May 19, noon (1.2ft) rising tide till 3:04 p.m. (2.2ft) — Molokai Holokai Race, Kamalo Harbor to Hotel Molokai (8.5 miles) — both divisions, and bonus points for the series. Contact the Ohana Surf Club for more information.
7. Sat., June 2, 11 a.m. (1.1ft) rising tide till 2:20 p.m. (2.5ft). This event is pending confirmation.