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Lanikai three-peats as OHCRA champ

  • Video courtesy of Nancy Murayama.

    Paddlers, club officials and other spectators showed their support for the Mauna Kea protesters Sunday during the Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association championships at Keehi Lagoon. The association stopped the competition early during the event and gathered near the officials stand. Some clubs, such as the Waikiki Surf Club, brought their canoes onto shore. During their show of support, which included singing and chanting, members held their canoes over their heads.

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    Paddles hit the water at the start of the senior women’s race of the OHCRA championships at Keehi Lagoon on Sunday.

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    Lanikai’s Monica Esquivel ran through the team tunnel after winning the senior women’s race.

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    Lanikai’s senior men crew, from left, of Tiloi Alapa, Igor Sobreira, Jack Roney, Nick Foti, Kekoa Bruhn and Manny Kulukulualani remained unbeaten for nearly three seasons.

  • COURTESY NANCY MURAYAMA

    Early in the regatta, officials stopped the event and paddlers, coaches, officials and ohana gathered on the shore to support the Thirty Meter Telescope opponents. The group sang with some waving flags with the words, “Ku Kia‘i Mauna,” which can be interpreted in numerous ways, such as “Guardians of the mountain,” “We are one with the mountain,” and “We are mauna.”

Having successfully completed its arduous rebuilding phase earlier this decade, Lanikai Canoe Club is now mastering the art of defending its title as the top team amongst the talent-laden Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association ranks. Read more

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