Two Molokai canoes finished first in their divisions at this year’s Pailolo Challenge race.
A total of 84 outrigger canoes took off from D.T. Flemings Beach Saturday morning and paddled into Kaunakakai Harbor 25 miles away. As one of the windiest channels in Hawaii, the Pailolo Channel offers steady bumps the whole way, allowing the top boats to complete the course in under three hours.
Molokai’s Wa’akapaemua Canoe Club placed first in the Open Women’s division in a time of 3 hours, 26 minutes, 16 seconds. Overall, the women finished in 22nd place.
The Wa’akapaemua Cano Club’s Women’s 50 team won the 50-plus division in 3:44:16, finishing 49th overall.
The top finishing team from Molokai was the Kukui O Molokai team. Competing in the Unlimited Open Men’s division, the team finished in sixth place in a time of 3:03:50.
Overall, the top three boats in the unlimited division were the Malolo Nui placing first in 2:53:03, followed by the Hanalei Canoe Club, 2:57:38 and the Namololokama Canoe Club third in 2:57:56.
The next day, the local non-profit group Ka Honua Momona hosted the Molokai Mangrove Mania Team Challenge. It offered an opportunity for the teams to have some fun, learn about sustainability and help remove mangrove from the Ali’i Fishpond.