By Sue Forbes
Kualapu’u Elementary School team runners did Molokai proud April 29 at the Honolulu 5K for Kids. The local keiki took two age group titles and placed nine of the 10 team members in the top 10 for their age group.
Leading the boys, Kaina Adolpho ran a stellar race to win the boys 11-12-year old title in a time of 23 minutes, 4 seconds. Close behind came teammates Rafael Adolpho and Nainoa Kahale placing third and fourth in times of 24:08 and 24:15, respectively.
Other standout performances for the boys included Ikena Deponte, fifth in the boys 9-10 age division in a time of 27:18 and Ikua DePonte, 13th in the boys 11-12’s, in a time of 25:47.
For the girls, the dynamo of the day was Keahe Ross. Running in her first off-island race, Keahe dominated by winning the girls 9-10 title in a time of 25:19.
Two minutes later in a duel to the finish, Noelani Helm sprinted past teammate Genevieve Kikukawa to claim second place in the 9-10’s in a time of 27:28. For her efforts, Genevieve placed seventh in the girls 11-12 age division in a time of 27:39.
Moments later, in through the finish chute zoomed Ayla Rose Naehu-Ramos in a time of 28:05, good for fourth place in the girls 9-10’s.
As Coach Matt Helm said after the race, “The kids really did a great job this weekend and represented their island well. They should be proud of their results considering the size of the field.”
Over 1,400 runners participated in this year’s Honolulu 5K for Kids.
Molokai’s event organizers would like to thank the extended Molokai community for its support. On Oahu, the runners were fed and given the use of a van by our Molokai ‘ohana — Tony Negrillo, Ben Balete, Jadelyn and Bo Pontes. Without their support and the ongoing support of Molokai’s running community, this trip would not have been possible. Mahalo.