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Maui Third Annual OluKai Ho'olaule'a a Huge Success Event Wrap Up & Race Results

The Third Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a proved to be a tremendous success and an event that will for sure be even bigger and bigger in the years to come.  I had the pleasure of working with the OluKai Premium Footwear crew in particular Matthew Murasko from Maui, and the fine team that arrived from the mainland. In addition to the SUP and OC1 races, this year’s venue was extra special with the new division offered as the “Ohana Fun  Paddle” that captured over 100 participants before the big races.  ( More event highlights here )

Ohana Fun Paddle Start - Photo provided by Ocean Paddler TV

This alone was an event within the event as folks from as young  as 12 years old up to 75 years young got to experience a 3 mile down wind, non-competitive paddle. Prone paddlers, OC1s and stand up paddlers launched from the Paia Bay Youth & Cultural Center and arrived to at the life guard tower at Kanaha.  I anticipate this number to double for next year!   ( photos coming soon!!)

With about 210 plus participants the SUP Race broke some records from last year and many of the recognized names dominated. The trades were nearing about 15 knots and there was small wind swell which offered very close finishing times. The grueling run on the beach just after paddling your brains out for 8 miles made it for an exciting spectator finish!  We’re begging for a shorter run!??!  

May 14, 2011 – OluKai Ho’olaule’a SUP Race, Top 20 Overall:

Place Time No. Fname Lname Division
1 0:49:01 191 Kai Bartlett Elite Men
2 0:49:18 98 Livio Menelau Elite Men
3 0:51:39 205 Ekolu Kalama Elite Men
4 0:52:31 113 Mark Raaphorst Elite Men
5 0:53:11 118 Jeremy Riggs Elite Men
6 0:55:07 206 Campbel Farrell REC Men 30 – 39
7 0:55:24 129 Zane Schweitzer Elite Men
8 0:55:35 8 Amir Arbel REC Men 30 – 39
9 0:55:42 100 Andrea Moller Elite Women
10 0:56:06 128 Michi Schweiger SUP14 Men 40 – 49
11 0:56:30 97 Junya McGurn REC Men 40 – 49
12 0:58:07 184 Greg Pavao SUP14 Men 40 – 49
13 0:58:20 53 Masao Fukayama Elite Men
14 0:58:32 138 Ron St.John REC Men 50 & Over
15 0:58:44 139 Brian Stockdale Elite Men
16 0:58:55 46 Jack Dyson REC Men 50 & Over
17 0:59:13 13 Travis Baptiste SUP14 Men 17 & Under
18 0:59:16 105 Eddie Ogata SUP14 Men 40 – 49
19 0:59:25 55 Talia Gangini Elite Women
20 0:59:40 20 Devin Blish Elite Women

Complete Results…

May 15, 2011 – OluKai Ho’olaule’a OC1 Race, Top 20 Overall:

Place No. Fname Lname Division Time
1 5 Jimmy Austin Elite Men 47:36.5
2 78 Manny Kulukulualani Elite Men 48:06.4
3 89 Karel Jr. Tresnak Elite Men 48:30.3
4 13 Mael Carey Elite Men 48:45.2
5 79 Kai Bartlett Elite Men 48:56.2
6 80 Felipe Gomes Elite Men 49:14.6
7 77 Kaeo O Kalani Abbey Elite Men 49:31.2
8 94 Tyson Kubo Men 40 – 49 50:07.4
9 88 Kekoa Cramer Men 30 – 39 50:18.2
10 68 Kawika Williams Men 50 & Over 51:11.1
11 67 Asa Ward Men 19 – 29 51:33.3
12 27 Jb Guard Men 30 – 39 51:43.8
13 44 Chad Lima Men 30 – 39 52:01.1
14 22 Rory Frampton Men 40 – 49 52:11.1
15 83 Gregy Pavao Men 40 – 49 52:43.6
16 90 Andrea Moller Elite Women 53:15.4
17 93 Ekolu Kalama Elite Men 53:23.7
18 81 Biggie Lara Men 50 & Over 53:33.8
19 54 Lee Moyers Elite Men 53:54.3
20 41 Keith Keahi Men 30 – 39 54:01.2

Complete Results…

The luau that followed after the SUP races on Saturday was simply over the top. During the musical performance by Paula Fuga, as now becoming tradition; a helicopter hovered over and dropped thousands of plumeria showering the crowd.  The hula dancing and the award ceremony that followed which made for a complete day!  Yours truly got 1st place in the women’s 14ft age division! Whew hoo!

On Monday, after all the excitement The OluKai crew and staff headed deep up into the Honokawai Valley, where they spent the day learning and working the land to help stabilize the rich cultural resources to honor those before us.

This event brought a new meaning in celebrating the ocean and one that will continue to grow and grow.  The Magic of Maliko will now resonate in more hearts than ever as we gather again next year in ohana and ocean adventure.

Mahalo OluKai for making this event even more memorable than the last and bringing to Maui the spirit of giving back.

Suzie Cooney    http://www.suzietrainsmaui.com

To learn more about OluKai go to: http://www.olukai.com/AboutOlukai.aspx  Also check back to here to learn about the Ho’olaule’a soon to air nation wide on and NBC sports broadcast. Check back for date and details