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Home waters a plus for Manu O Ke Kai


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POSTED: Monday, June 01, 2009

For the Sanborn family, canoe paddling is more than just a recreational activity—it's their next of kin.

Twenty-five years ago, Randy Sanborn, his wife, Aloha, and their son Moku helped found the Manu O Ke Kai Canoe Club along with charter members Chuck Meade and Donna Machado. The group set up its headquarters by clearing a throng of kiawe trees near the point where the Anahulu Stream meets Waialua Bay, and has kept the organization alive for a quarter century.

In what are essentially home waters fronting Haleiwa Beach Park, Manu O Ke Kai was victorious in claiming a divisional title at its own Na 'Ohana O Na Hui Wa'a regatta yesterday. The club captured the AAA Division (25-plus crews entered) with 58 points to finish ahead of Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i (32 points). Manu O Ke Kai racked up four victories and added eight second-place finishes en route to claiming the AAA class for the second consecutive week.

“;It's been a long 25 years. We started with a small group, and every year we get bigger and bigger,”; said Randy Sanborn, president of Manu O Ke Kai. “;I've got my kids and some of my grandkids paddling. So to me, this is a family-oriented sport. You've got the father, mother, sisters and brothers ... for me, I've got three generations.”;

More than 1,500 paddlers in age divisions ranging from 12 and under to 60 and above represented 18 canoe clubs. The paddlers dealt with muggy conditions while navigating courses ranging from a quarter mile to 1 1/2 miles in yesterday's regatta.

In a departure from the traditional Keehi Lagoon layout, where races run parallel to the shore, yesterday's courses were set up perpendicular to the beach. In this course orientation, crews must rely on their steersman to not only keep them on line within the designated lane, but also navigate the surf swells that can be used to gain on opponents.

“;We know the water over here, but the way the races are going and the way the wind is blowing, it's like open ocean out there,”; said Moku Sanborn, who successfully steered Manu O Ke Kai to victories in both the men's senior and masters races. “;The bumps aren't coming straight into shore, they're coming from the side, so we had to really control the boat.

“;Our family started this club, so it's a big thing for us to go out and impress everybody. It really means a lot to me, you see my mom and dad working with the club, and I'm trying to do the same thing.”;

Kaneohe claimed the AA Division (13-24 crews entered) with a regatta-high 67 points. The club claimed its second straight victory in its class after notching seven race wins and seven runner-up finishes. The Waikiki Beach Boys won a regatta-best 10 races, and came in second (60 points), followed by Koa Kai (46 points).

“;The kids did awesome again for us,”; said Kaneohe head coach Clint Anderson about his youth program, which won all seven of the club's races, including five of the regatta's first six events. “;We're still adjusting here and there, moving paddlers around. When you come to Haleiwa, you have to deal with the people that are from there. Manu is a strong team.”;

Kaneohe's second win of the season also marks the club's second overall victory of the campaign despite its fielding fewer crews than in past seasons.

“;Close is only good in horseshoes and grenades—it don't count in races!”; said Randy Sanborn about his club's 25-year overall regatta victory drought. “;We've come within one point twice, but never won. We hope this year we'll win a race (outright).”;

Kalihi Kai captured the A Division (6-12 crews entered) with 21 points on the heels of victories in the men's and women's open-four events. Ka Mamalahoe (19 points) and Kumulokahi Elks (17 points) finished second and third in the small-club division.

Hui Wa'a will hold its third regatta of the season next Sunday at Waimanalo Beach Park. The Oahu Canoe Racing Association opens its campaign next Sunday with its annual Clement D. Pa'aina Regatta at Keehi Lagoon.

 

Manu O Ke Kai Regatta

At Haleiwa Beach Park

Team standings

AAA: 1. Manu O Ke Kai, 58; 2. Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i, 32.

AA: 1. Kaneohe, 67; 2. Waikiki Beach Boys, 60; 3. Koa Kai, 46; 4. Lokahi, 27; 5. 'Alapa Hoe, 22; 6. North Shore, 20; 7. Kamehameha, 12; 8. Waikiki Yacht Club, 7.

A: 1. Kalihi-Kai, 21; 2. Ka Mamalahoe Canoe, 19; 3. Kumulokahi-Elks, 17; 4. Hawaiian Outrigger, 4; 4. Pukana O Ke Kai, 4; 6. Kai Poha, 3; 7. Windward Kai, 2; 8. I Mua, 1.

Specials: 1. Kai Poha (Barbie Holt, Paris Bothelho-Jamorabon, Dane Kaluhiwa, Kayla Uyeshiro, Mariah Murdock-Sharpsteen, David Pagan, Trevor Tollefson, Case McKinley), 2:06.9; 2. Kamehameha, 2:22.2; 3. Kumulokahi-Elks, 2:22.9; 4. Kaneohe, 2:31.8; 5. North Shore, 2:35.4; 6. Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Club, 2:36.2.

Girls 12: 1. Kaneohe (Mahealani Rowland, Wendilee Domingo, Breaun Telefoni, Kalena Kaniho, Shyleen Hussey, Cheyenne Espinda), 2:17.0; 2. Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe, 2:22.2; 3. Manu O Ke Kai, 2:24.3; 4. Kalihi-Kai, 2:28.5; 5. I Mua, 2:29.1; 6. Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i, 2:31.9.

Boys 12: 1. Kaneohe (Keawe Long III, Kekai Kamahoahoa, Kamahao Spencer, Brando Crockett-Kipapa, Dylan Char, Bronson Adams), 2:13.3; 2. Manu O Ke Kai, 2:20.9; 3. 'Alapa Hoe, 2:22.2; 4. Kumulokahi-Elks, 2:26.3; 5. Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i, 2:29.7; 6. Kalihi-Kai, 2:33.0.

Girls 13: 1. Kaneohe (Taylor Bertelman-Ching, Kiana Tilton, Wendilee Domingo, Shyleen Hussey, Karley Kobayashi, Sierah Risso), 2:09.4; 2. Kumulokahi-Elks, 2:14.0; 3. Manu O Ke Kai, 2:17.3; 4. Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i, 2:20.4; 5. Koa Kai, 2:22.1; 6. Kamehameha, 2:41.6.

Boys 13: 1. Koa Kai (Landon Akau, Ryan Smiley, Makana Aguilar, Keanu Chee, Brennan Waters, David Grupen), 2:04.0; 2. Kaneohe, 2:05.6; 3. Kumulokahi-Elks, 2:16.7; 4. Na Keiki O Ka Moi, 2:32.7.

Girls 14: 1. Kaneohe (Kahea Anderson, Kiana Tilton, Tawnie Skaggs, Leiana Keyes, Kiana Kamahoahoa, Taylor Bertelman-Ching), 2:08.7; 2. Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i, 2:12.8; 3. Kamehameha, 2:15.7; 4. Kumulokahi-Elks, 2:18.1; 5. 'Alapa Hoe, 2:18.8; 6. Kalihi-Kai, 2:19.3.

Boys 14: 1. Kaneohe (Swayze-Lee Kaaihue, Keoki Silva-Vares, Austin Rosa, David Russo, Russ Kimokeo, Jonah Ganzagan), 1:55.1; 2. Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i, 2:08.3; 3. Kumulokahi-Elks, 2:11.3; 4. Kamehameha, 2:21.4.

Mixed 12: 1. 'Alapa Hoe (Ryan Sanford, TJ Bajarin, Randon Tuitama, Brandee Anglin, Jessica Mateo, Britni Abrigo), 2:10.5; 2. Kaneohe, 2:12.4; 3. Kalihi-Kai, 2:19.3; 4. Kumulokahi-Elks, 2:32.6; 5. Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i, 2:43.7; 6. North Shore, 2:48.5.

Mixed novice B: 1. Ka Mamalahoe (Lei Ayat, Cammie Dooley, Caitlyn Milare, Michael Moriya, Kelly Fong, Thomas Dooley), 1:54.1; 2. Kaneohe, 1:58.7; 3. Kalihi-Kai, 1:59.2; 4. North Shore, 2:01.4; 5. Manu O Ke Kai, 2:05.5; 6. Lokahi, 2:06.2.

Women novice B: 1. Waikiki Beach Boys (Stacey Fineran, Lindsey Shank, Teo Nguyen-Allen, Suzanna Kuhlemann, Kate Matwychuk, Kara Miller), 2:00.7; 2. Ka Mamalahoe, 2:04.5; 3. North Shore, 2:05.2; 4. Koa Kai, 2:06.8; 5. I Mua, 2:12.6; 6. Kaneohe, 2:12.9.

Women golden masters 55: 1. North Shore (Linda Cox, Jeanne Dilcher, Debi Kelly, Judy Hegman-Myers, Jennifer Smith, Ruby Alvarez), 4:56.4; 2. Manu O Ke Kai, 5:06.7; 3. Kai Poha, 5:07.2; 4. Lokahi, 5:29.2.

Men golden masters 55: 1. Koa Kai (Dan Gaglch, Benjamin Ancheta, Billy Rees, Dickie Chow, Jeffery Tario, Bill King), 4:02.1; 2. Lokahi, 4:04.1; 3. Windward Kai, 4:27.4; 4. Manu O Ke Kai, 4:31.9.

Women Grand Masters 60: 1. Manu O Ke Kai (Peggy Cutting, Kay Bauman, Darlene Heck, Marilyn Schoenke Basham, Dawn Peerson, Lee Higgins), 5:23.1; 2. Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i, 5:27.3.

Men grand masters 60: 1. Manu O Ke Kai (Kimo Wheeler, Wayne Abrigo, James Peerson, Manny Realin, Jim McKinney, Raymond Egloria), 4:17.9; 2. Lokahi, 4:23.9; 3. Kalihi-Kai, 4:56.9.

Senior women masters 50: 1. North Shore (Folly Murdock, Kimberly Walsh, Jane Duncan, Donna Moore, Deidre M. Erickson, Barbara Fisher), 4:37.6; 2. Kaneohe, 4:46.3; 3. Waikiki Yacht Club, 4:52.9; 4. Manu O Ke Kai, 5:01.0; 5. Ka Mamalahoe, 5:08.0.

Mixed masters 55: 1. Ka Mamalahoe (Christine Nishi, Charlotte Meyer, Wanda Chong-Mendoca, Michael Tosaki, Scott Thompson, Ted Kunishige), 4:33.8; 2. Manu O Ke Kai, 4:37.1; 3. Kaneohe, 4:45.7; 4. North Shore, 4:47.0; 5. Lokahi, 4:52.7; 6. Waikiki Yacht Club, 5:00.3.

Senior men masters 50: 1. Lokahi (Michael Cushnie, Walter Oshiro, Rodney Ouchi, Mark Inouye, Daniel Ellis, Lance Ponce), 4:09.6; 2. Koa Kai, 4:17.0; 3. Manu O Ke Kai, 4:20.4; 4. Waikiki Yacht Club, 4:30.6; 5. Ka Mamalahoe, 4:32.6; 6. Windward Kai, 4:54.4.

Mixed grand masters 60: 1. Koa Kai (Karen Nishimura, Lori Auhll, Chris Gaylord, Dickie Cjow, Chuck Arthur, Billy Rees), 4:49.0; 2. Mau O Ke Kai, 4:58.2; 3. Lokahi, 5:01.2; 4. Kai Poha, 5:07.7; 5. Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i, 5:18.0.

Senior mixed masters 45: 1. Koa Kai (Audrey Lee, Julia Brennan, Danette Amoy, Squeeze Kamana III, James Fabrigas, Galen Chee), 4:22.3; 2. Kaneohe, 4:25.7; 3. North Shore, 4:37.2; 4. Ka Mamalahoe, 4:50.6; 5. I Mua, 4:53.8; 6. Manu O Ke Kai, 4:58.7.

Men novice B: 1. Waikiki Beach Boys (Jesse Boyd, Robert Wilson, Mitch Wojnowski, Michael Rollins, Benjamin Riedt, Lucas Dolan), 4:12.2; 2. Waikiki Yacht Club, 4:14.5; 3. Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i, 4:23.7; 4. Kaneohe, 4:27.0; 5. Kalihi-Kai, 6:42.9.

Girls 15: 1. 'Alapa Hoe (Sophia Chun, Ashlen Kinilau, Melanie Camat, Chevelle Hoffman, Marie Belmodis, Lori Mateo), 5:28.9; 2. Pukana O Ke Kai, 5:01.3; 3. Na Keki O Ke Kai, 5:10.2; 4. Kumulokahi-Elks, 5:12.2; 5. Koa Kai, 5:35.0.

Boys 15: 1. Koa Kai (Luke Matschek, Roydon Yim, Kapena Chee, Royce Omoto, Leland Akau Jr., Ho'oulu Holt), 4:14.0; 2. Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i, 4:14.2; 3. Kaneohe, 4:18.3; 4. 'Alapa Hoe, 4:34.5; 5. Manu O Ke Kai, 5:00.3.

Girls 16: 1. Kaneohe (Dayna Lau, Tawnie Skaggs, Teresa Rogers, Yuko Ueda, Kina Kamahoahoa, Kahea Anderson), 4:56.6; 2. Kumulokahi-Elks, 4:56.9; 3. Manu O Ke Kai, 5:07.8; 4. Koa Kai, 5:09.4; 5. Kamehameha, 5:13.7; 6. Kalihi-Kai, 5:22.7.

Boys 16: 1. Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i (Rod Mahuiki, Elijah Valdez, Kawika Nunes, Cole Kaaekuahiwi-Pavao, Alii Popa, Cody Pila), 4:04.3; 2. Manu O Ke Kai, 4:19.0; 3. Kaneohe, 4:20.4; 4. Koa Kai, 4:25.9; 5. Kumulokahi-Elks, 4:51.6.

Girls 18: 1. Kaneohe (Teresa Rogers, Xian Pomare, Dayna Lau, Aulani Saizon, Tiare Lafradez, Kalahiki Long), 4:56.5; 2. Kumulokahi-Elks, 5:01.6; 3. 'Alapa Hoe, 5:04.2; 4. Kamehameha, 5:10.7.

Women novice A: 1. Waikiki Beach Boys (Ellen Argo, Leah Lawyer, Kathryn Stanaway, Christy Wood, Nicolette Rowe, Amber Guillory), 4:41.6; 2. Manu O Ke Kai, 5:04.1; 3. Kaneohe, 5:04.5; 4. Kalihi-Kai, 5:19.4; 5. Pukana O Ke Kai, 5:27.9; 6. Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i, 5:49.8.

Boys 18: 1. Koa Kai ( Chad Kim, Michale Taniguchi, Dane Malinovich, Perry Wang, John Blewitt, Kikaha Chee), 8:34.6; 2. Kaneohe, 8:34.9; 3, Manu O Ke Kai, 9:06.1; 4. 'Alapa Hoe, 9:13.6.

Men novice A: 1. Waikiki Beach Boys (Elton Dubois, Joe Giovanni, David Sischo, Shawn Pe'a, Nic Van Der Lee, Joe Martin), 8:27.8; 2. 'Alapa Hoe, 8:33.9; 3. North Shore, 8:36.1; 4. Lokahi, 8:41.7; 5. I Mua, 9:04.5; 6. Pukana O Ke Kai, 11:51.5.

Women freshmen: 1. Waikiki Beach Boys (Rachel Bruntsch, Andrea Ignacio, Kimberly Ivey, Andrea Messer, Katy Grubbs, Sandra Vajcs), 9:19.3; 2. Koa Kai, 10:05.4; 3. Na Keiki O Ka Mo'i, 10:30.7; 4. Waikiki Yacht Club, 10:32.3; 5. Windward Kai, 10:53.3; 6. 'Alapa Hoe, 11:14.0.

Men freshmen: 1. Waikiki Beach Boys (Johnny Verive, Brian Balalio, Victor Bovino-Agostini, Michale Winter, Kenneth Mcomber, Franco Arango), 8:14.0; 2. Kaneohe, 8:27.5; 3. Koa Kai, 8:37.4; 4. Pukana O Ke Kai, 9:03.4; 5. Hawaiian Outrigger, 9:29.8; 6. Windward Kai, 14:27.3.

Women sophomore: 1. Waikiki Beach Boys (Susannah Johnson, Raye Powell, Andrea Hall, Lisa Kopacz, Meredith Takara, Julie Aio), 9:14.1; 2. Manu O Ke Kai, 9:58.2.

Men sophomore: 1. Waikiki Beach Boys (Patrick Nguyen Christopher Veith, Jason Ignacio, Paul Jamison, Patrick Switzer, Attila Pohlmann), 8:01.6; 2. Kamehameha, 8:29.7; 3. Manu O Ke Kai, 8:48.5; 4, Hawaiian Outrigger, 9:04.3.

Women senior: 1. Waikiki Beach Boys (Rachel Bruntsch, Andrea Messer, Polar Bear Lichowski, Kaui Pelekane, Jen Polcer, Dana Gorecki), 13:07.0; 2. Kalihi-Kai, 14:07.0; 3. Na Keiki O Ka Mo;i, 14:38.6; 4. Lokahi, 14:50.7; 5. North Shore, 15:00.4; 6. Manu O Ke Kai, 15:07.4.

Men senior: 1. Manu O Ke Kai (Brian Amantiad, John Hoogsteden, Greg Pavao, Moku Sanborn, Bobo Tantog, Jay Oku) 11:55.5; 2. Waikiki Beach Boys 11:58.8; 3. Koa Kai 12:19.2; 4. Kamehameha 12:49.3; 5. Lokahi 12:54.4; 6. Na Keiki O Ka Moi 13:14.9.

Women masters: 1. Lokahi (Darlene Morikawa, Carol Jaxon, Karen Dunal, Debbie Clark, Sarah Park, Iwa Bush (9:20.2); 2. Manu O Ke Kai 9:46.4; 3. North Shore 9:47.2; 4. Na Keiki O Ka Moi; 5. Ka Mamalahoe 10:27.8; 6. Alapa Hoe 10:37.2.

Men masters: 1. Manu O Ke Kai (Brian Amantiad, DJ Oga, Greg Pavao, Moku Sanborn, Koa Sanborn, Charley Tantog) 7:53.2; 2. Koa Kai 8:02.1; Kamehameha 8:33.1; 4. Waikiki Beach Boys 8:48.6; 5. Na Keiki O Ka Moi (9:11.5).

Women open four: 1. Kalihi Kai (Renell Ribeiro, Violet Carrillo, Ama Keama, Piilani Kaalekahi) 4:45.5; 2. Waikiki Beach Boys 4:49.4; 3. Lohahi 5:13.9; 4. Na Keiki O Ka Moi 5:16.1; 5. Kamehameha 5:34.1; 6. Pukana O Ke Kai 5:39.8.

Men open four: 1. Kalihi Kai (Eddie Ebert, James Kaalekahi, Che Sabol, Captain Cook Bugreyev) 4:21.4; 2. Waikiki Beach Boys 4:34.0; 3. Kamehameha 4:34.5; 4. Na Keiki O Ka Moi 4:36.3; 5. Alapa Hoe 4:39.6; 6. Ka Mamalahoe 4:40.0.

Mixed masters: 1. Waikiki Beach Boys (Joan Bennet, Kehau Ching, Kaui Pelekane, Robert McOwen, Maurice Cenal, Raymon Orange) 4:13.9; 2. Lokahi 4:19.2; 3. Na Keiki O Ka Moi 4:31.9; 4. I Mua 4:40.1; 5. Alapa Hoe 4:42.2; 6. Kaneohe 4:42.2.

Mixed: Ka Mamalahoe Canoe Club (Joan Coulliard, Michelle Carvalho, Carolyn Seto-Mook, Elias Nakahara, Blaize Seto-Mook, Justin Fujimoto) 4:08.5; 2. Alapa Hoe 4:11.2; 3. Kaneohe 4:13.0; 4. Lokahi 4:20.5; 5. Waikiki Beach Boys 4:28.6; 6. Kai Poha 4:30.0.