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Red Bull Wa‘a head coach Heiarii Mama, above left, and crew member Heiva Paie-Amo celebrated after the team crossed the finish line first.
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Smiles began to emerge on the faces of Red Bull Waա crew members as they closed in on the finish line at the 2017 Hawaiian Airlines Molokai Hoe on Sunday in Waikiki. Red Bull Wa’a, a crew with paddlers from Hawaii and Tahiti, won the 41 mile race with a finishing time of 4:50:02. This was the first win by a Hawaii based crew since 2005.