Determined women led the way across Molokai Channel
By Cindy Luis Special to the Star-Advertiser
July 5, 2022
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COURTESY CINDY LUIS
Amy Best Crews, left, and Carleen Ornellas were proponents of women holding their own Molokai-to-Oahu crossing. Their persistence helped bring on Na Wahine O Ke Kai. Ornellas was part of a “test run” in 1975 in which 18 women on two teams accomplished the feat just to prove that it could be done.
Newspaper accounts detailed the first Na Wahine O Ke Kai on Oct. 14, 1979.
COURTESY AMY BEST CREWS
The official flag was flown by all crews’ escort boats during the 1979 race.