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Lanikai edges Kailua for Pa'aina title


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POSTED: Monday, June 08, 2009

With Windward-side rivals Lanikai and Kailua canoe clubs knotted at 77 points apiece entering the 39th and final race of yesterday's Clement D. Pa'aina Regatta, Lanikai claimed the mixed-gender open six event—essentially the regatta's tie-breaking race—to earn a victory at wind-whipped Keehi Lagoon.

Paddlers Brent Johnston, Norma Bustos, Michael Hallinan, Valerie Franck, David Smith and Joey Foti completed the half-mile course in 4 minutes, 7.64 seconds to clinch the win for Lanikai. The club finished with 82 points to claim the AAA Division (27-39 crews entered) just ahead of Kailua (77 points), which finished fifth in the day's final race. Outrigger (55 points), Hui Nalu (47 points) and Healani (26 points) rounded out the large-club division.

More than 3,000 paddlers competing in age divisions ranging from 12-and-under to 60-and-above represented 18 member clubs in the event, which featured races spanning in length from a quarter-mile to 1 1/2 miles.

“;We won? Really? I had no idea, I thought we lost,”; said Lanikai's first-year head coach Jimmy Bruhn of his club, which rallied to win four of the day's final six races. “;I'm surprised, I didn't realize we were that close. The competition was unreal. It's nice to get off on a good note.”;

After spending more than 30 years as a member and coach at Kailua, Bruhn traded East-side alliances and took the helm of reigning state champion and three-time defending OHCRA title holder Lanikai this season. Bruhn made the move to be closer with his blood family—his sons and grandchildren paddle for Lanikai—while leaving behind his Kailua paddling family.

“;That's a strong, strong canoe club,”; said Bruhn of Kailua. “;I know almost everybody there, and they're very competitive. It's going to be a dogfight all year, and that's the best part. Lanikai, like Kailua, is a family club, so now my grandkids and I can all be under the same tent.”;

Lanikai claimed victory in 10 of the 39 races it entered, compared to four victories from Kailua. Ultimately, the regatta crown came down to the performance of the children's program, as Lanikai won four races featuring paddlers ages 18 and under to only one victory for Kailua.

“;Lanikai is a force, so even to get close to them, I feel really good,”; said Kailua's second-year coach Kathy Erwin. “;Our goal is to improve on our start from last year, and we did. We have a great coaching staff, and a lot of good paddlers.”;

Hui Lanakila finished third overall in the regatta standings with 63 points, and ran away with the AA Division (14-26 crews entered) on the heels of nine race wins. The next-closest, medium-size club was Keahiakahoe (24 points), followed by Leeward Kai (13 points) and New Hope (8 points).

Hui Lanakila was aided by the strong performance turned in by its female paddlers, as the club claimed the women's novice A, freshman, sophomore, girls 15, junior and senior events.

“;It feels good to start off like this. Every point helps, so we're glad we could help our club,”; said Lori Nakamura, steersman for both victorious freshman and senior crews from Hui Lanakila. “;We're trying to work with all the power we have. We used a long stroke to power through the wind, and that was one of the key adjustments we made this week in practice,”; to counter the trade winds, which blow straight into paddlers' faces as they head toward the finish line at Keehi Lagoon.

Waikiki Surf Club and Waimanalo tied in the A Division (1-13 crews entered) standings with nine points apiece, while Waimanalo was awarded the divisional winner's trophy by virtue of a coin toss. Anuenue finished third (seven points), followed by Makaha (five points) and Keola O Ke Kai (three points).

 

Koa Kai triumphs

Koa Kai won the AAA Division with 60 points in Na Ohana O Na Hui Wa'a's Windward Kai Regatta yesterday at Waimanalo Beach Park.

Manu O Ke Kai placed second with 52 points.

Kaneohe captured the AA Division, and North Shore won the A Division.

 

OHCRA

Pa'aina Regatta

At Keehi Lagon

Team results

AAA: 1. Lanikai 82; 2. Kailua 77; 3. Hui Lanakila 63; 4. Outrigger 55; 5. Hui Nalu 47; 6. Healani 26; 7. Keahiakahoe 24; 8. Leeward Kai 13; 9. New Hope 8.

Special Race: 1. Kai Oni (William Domingo, Phillip Veracruz, Raven Alameda, Athan Kuewa, Tehani Chun, Brenna Oconnell) 2:13.29; 2. Leeward Kai 2:44.68; 3. Waimanalo 2:28.42; 4. Pu'uloa Outrigger 2:37.99; 5. Hui Nalu 2:41.25; 6. Leeward Kai 2:44.24.

Girls 12: 1. Healani (Jaycie Pontes, Napua Lum, Mapu Kahana, Nana Kahana, Taylor Goo Sun, Jordan Robinson) 2:36.97; 2. Hui Lanakila 2:38.09; 3. Leeward Kai 2:38.66; 4. Lanikai 2:39.46; 5. Outrigger 2:40.87; 6. Keola O Ke Kai 2:49.02.

Boys 12: 1. Lanikai (Hunter Wasson, Brandon Markowski, Ethan Nhaisis, Jeremy Brouard, Christopher Quinn, Alakai Freitas) 2:13.26; 2. Healani 2:22.96; 3. Outrigger 2:31.70; 4. Kailua 2:32.11; 5. Hui Nalu 2:41.45; 6. New Hope 2:41.71.

Mixed boys and girls 12: 1. Hui Nalu (Jacob Davidson, Suzanna Bradley, Alex Look, Kelsi Cottrell, Noa Mizuno, Ariyana Parker) 2:16.60; 2. Makaha 2:29.04; 3. Lanikai 2:35.76; 4. Keahiakahoe 2:36.64; 5. Pu'uloa Outrigger 2:42.09; 6. Kailua 2:51.46.

Girls 13: 1. Lanikai (Emily Hamocon, Grace Kelliher, Tori Rooks, Shelby Weitz, Gigi Abcarian, Hetaher Foti) 2:18.71; 2. Healani 2:27.08; 3. Kailua 2:31.21; 4. Hui Nalu 2:35.33; 5. Keahiakahoe 2:37.16; 6. Leeward Kai 3:01.82.

Boys 13: 1. Waimanalo (Lanakila Reis-Moniz, Travis Mundon, Ka'au Bradley, Po'okela Stephens, Sinjin Bradley, Dakota Lee) 2:10.11; 2. Hui Nalu 2:11.54; 3. Kailua 2:12.32; 4. Hui Lanakila 2:18.93; 5. Lanikai 2:25.70; 6. Keola O Ke Kai 2:27.56.

Girls 14: 1. Outrigger (Lea Dimarchi, Madison Pelayo, Claire Feeley, Alexandra Whiting, Lauren Ashford, Kahala Schneider) 2:13.72; 2. Lanikai 2:16.15; 3. Healani 2:16.82; 4. Kai oni 2:20.46; 5. Kailua 2:23.64; 6. Keahiakahoe 2:25.80.

Boys 14: 1. Lanikai (Zachary Vollert, Aaron Madden, Spencer Phillipson, Stavros Bessenoff, Walker Smith, Cole Caster) 1:57.76; 2. Kailua 2:00.98; 3. Makaha 2:05.04; 4. Keahiakahoe 2:04.36; 5. Keola O Ke Kai 2:05.18; 6. Outrigger 2:09.75.

Women novice B: 1. Kailua (Lani Hunter, Gabi Jakobs, Megan Henning, Mandy Sutton, Carolyn Fisher, Danielle Pierce) 2:22.34; 2. New Hope 2:24.21; 3. Healani 2:25.48; 4. Hui Nalu 2:25.82; 5. Honolulu Pearl Canoe Club 2:30.39; 6. Lanikai 2:32.73.

Mixed novice B: 1. Hui Lanakila (Rachel Martin, Scott Hravey, Eko Lapp, Jorge Peapealalo, Arielle Kline, Myron Kamihara) 2:01.20; 2. Kailua 2:11.95; 3. Healani 2:12.89; 4. Lanikai 2:13.79; 5. Keola O Ke Kai 2:14.67; 6. New Hope 2:15.40.

Men novice B: 1. Lanikai (Timothy Conrad, Thomas Kelleher, Keith Cutler, Charles Smith, James Ruvio, Koa Asam) 3:58.98; 2. Healani 4:01.25; 3. Waikiki Surf Club 4:07.33; 4. Kailua 4:09.38; 5. Hui Nalu 4:16.81; 6. Kai Oni 4:18.99.

Girls 15: 1. Hui Lanakila (Keo Cullen, Ui Perry, Kalei Naauao, Cortney Napoleon, Makamae Ah Mook Sang, Kamalolo Koanui-Kong) 4:38.80; 2. Outrigger 4:39.48; 3. Kailua 4:48.65; 4. Healani 4:57.47; 5. Leeward Kai 5:01.86; 6. Lanikai 5:02.32.

Boys 15: 1. Lanikai (Keoni DePonte, Nick Abcarain, Lincoln Liesemeyer, Matthew Mench, Andrew Miscovich, Derek Ruebenstahl) 4:05.65; 2. Keahiakahoe 4:08.60; 3. Kailua 4:18.35; 4. Leeward Kai 4:27.14; 5. Outrigger 4:32.79; 6. Hui Nalu 4:35.30.

Girls 16 and under: 1. Leeward Kai (Sydney Inay, Jazlin Porter, Melanie Say, Kehaulani Kelii, Tatum Oniate, Wailani Inay-Kekahuna) 4:57.09; 2. Keola O Ke Kai 4:58.02; 3. Kailua 5:05.60; 4. Hui Nalu 5:11.67; 5. Lanikai 5:15.66; 6. Waikiki Surf Club 5:16.53.

Boys 16 and under: 1. Leeward Kai (Kekoa Kau, Dayne Van Gieson, Dylan Kuewa, Kainoa Philpotts, Daniel Rzonca) 3:53.32; 2. Lanikai 3:59.15; 3. Hui Nalu 4:07.65; 4. Kailua 4:08.38; 5. Outrigger 4:23.34; 6. Healani 4:24.59.

Girls 18 and under: 1. Waikiki Surf Club (Ku'ulei Smith, Samantha Leong, Anna Koethe, Kalsie Holt, Elizabeth Leong, Makaloa Yim) 4:46.14; 2. Keahiakahoe 4:48.85; 3. Hui Lanakila 4:58.51; 4. Kailua 5:01.05; 5. Lanikai 5:01.71; 6. Outrigger 5:06.12.

Boys 18 and under: 1. Kailua (Wade Applebaum, Tallii Monmaney, Alika Guillaume, Ka'onohi Malama-Custer, Taylor Ho, Patrick Tepea) 7:40.51; 2. Hui Nalu 7:43.43; 3. Keahiakahoe 8:04.27; 4. Outrigger 8:09.60; 5. Healani 8:57.49.

Women novice A: 1. Hui Lanakila (Hanna Levitz, Kili Yuen, Betta Yeung, Kalae Araujo, Jennifer Cheung, Alika Horner) 4:29.43; 2. Outrigger 4:31.85; 3. Hui Nalu 4:33.69; 4. Lanikai 4:41.86; 5. Kailua 4:43.39; 6. Healani 4:55.17.

Men novice A: 1. Lanikai (Mark Sigel, Jesse Hampton, Nick Youngleson, George Kane, Robert Edge, Frank Lemes) 7:30.94; 2. Hui Lanakila 7:39.44; 3. Anuenue 7:46.51; 4. Hui Nalu 7:55.83; 5. Healani 8:03.64; 6. Kailua 8:05.75.

Freshman women: 1. Hui Lanakila (Crissy Helm, Sarajane Larkin, Madi Minkel, Claire Townsend, Amy Hebenstreit, Lori Nakamura) 8:20.36; 2. Kailua 8:37.59; 3. Lanikai 8:48.93; 4. Outrigger 9:06.14; 5. Healani 9:13.06; 6. Keahiakahoe 9:17.06.

Freshman men: 1. Outrigger (Scott Gamble, Kulani Jones, Craig Gamble, Simeon Ke-Paloma, Noah Gibson, Billy Lawson) 6:59.03; 2. Hui Lanakila 7:02.58; 3. Hui Nalu 7:07.77; 4. Kailua 7:09.31; 5. Lanikai 7:30.11; 6. Healani 7:37.54.

Sophomore women: 1. Hui Lanakila (Mikala Bradley, Sarah Vandevanter, Arlene Holzman, Jaimie Kinard, Barbie Oleyer, Jessica Eames) 8:22.38; 2. Kailua 8:25.85; 3. Hui Nalu 8:41.48; 4. Lanikai 8:57.20; 5. Healani 9:31.42; 6. New Hope 10:22.62.

Sophomore men: 1. Hui Lanakila (Mike Hangai, Chris Tseu, Sean Kaawa, Hayden Ramler, Makena Fernandez, Ian Forester) 7:07.40; 2. Lanikai 7:08.63; 3. Kailua 7:10.37; 4. Outrigger 7:14.76; 5. Leeward Kai 7:20.33; 6. Healani 7:40.72.

Women junior: 1. Hui Lanakila (Leila Albino, Kristi Lowry, Deborah Rosenblum, Leahi Freas, Kaleponi Spencer, Ilima Kim) 8:52.80; 2. Keahiakahoe 8:55.79; 3. Lanikai 9:31.33; 4. Kailua 9:43.54; 5. Waimanalo 10:13.35.

Men junior: 1. Healani (Kea Paiaina, Kai Ahsam, Patrick Von, Joven Asuncion, Kyle Kennedy-Pocock, Shawn Finch) 7:30.69; 2. Hui Lanakila 7:34.68; 3. Waikiki Surf Club 7:46.73; 4. Waimanalo 8:02.05; 5. Lanikai 8:09.10.

Women senior: 1. Hui Lanakila (Deborah Rosenblum, Claire Townsend, Madi Minkel, Sarajane Larkin, Lori Nakamura, Arlene Holzman) 12:48.62; 2. Kailua 13:10.29; 3. Outrigger 13:14.87; 4. Lanikai 13:43.82; 5. Hui Nalu 13:53.79; Healani 14:14.75.

Men senior: 1. Outrigger (Kristin Brown, Scott Gamble, Michael Kane, Simeon Ke-Paloma, Craig Gamble, Jimmu Austin) 11:05.94; 2. Lanikai 11:18.60; 3. Kailua 11:18.79; 4. Hui Lanakila 11:27.63; 5. Leeward Kai 11:40.06; 6. Hui Nalu 11:54.74.

Women masters 60: 1. Hui Nalu (Nani Akeo, Pat Chung, Paddy Dunn, Marilyn Kiner, Jane Kirton, Cynthia Sharp) 5:11.37; 2. Kailua 5:22.08; 3. Outrigger 5:31.24; 4. Lanikai 5:41.75; 5. Anuenue 6:00.25; 6. Waimanalo 6:10.66.

Men masters 60: 1. Outrigger (Tay Perry, Barton Watson, William Johnson, Allan Maddalena, Ronald Hochuli, Glenn Perry) 4:16.27; 2. Keahiakahoe 4:21.37; 3. Kailua 4:21.62; 4. Hui Nalu 4:37.64; 5. New Hope 4:43.16; 6. Anuenue 4:46.22.

Women golden masters: 1. Hui Nalu (Diane Warncke, Lita Blankenfeld, Mary Fern, Dianne Harrison, Lurline Mcgregor, Katie Scott) 4:50.20; 2. Lanikai 5:00.22; 3. Kailua 5:04.71; 4. Outrigger 6:07.81.

Men golden masters: 1. Outrigger (Thomas Arnott, Douglas Bechert, Murray Hixson, Chris Crabb, Kenny Bailey, Mark Buck) 3:53.30; 2. Waimanalo 3:57.80; 3. Kailua 3:58.85; 4. Hui Nalu 4:09.19; 5. Anuenue 4:26.45; 6. New Hope 4:39.00.

Senior women masters: 1. Kailua (Donna Meyer, Ann Farrell, Kathy Erwin, amy Crews, Lois Wise, Carleen Ornellas) 4:27.87; 2. Lanikai 4:30.36; 3. Outrigger 4:31.12; 4. New Hope 5:47.80.

Senior men masters: 1. Kailua (Paul Hewlett, Nyle Warinner, Kamoa Kalama, Walter Hamasaki, Stephen Holbrook, Benny Quitevis) 3:42.84; 2. Outrigger, 3:50.89; 3. Hui Nalu 4:00.57; 4. Keahiakahoe 4:09.21; 5. New Hope 4:23.49; 6. Healani 4:29.61.

Women masters 40: 1. Hui Nalu (Terry Malterre, Pono Tuinei, Lorey Bode, Denise Darval-Chang, Catherine Fuller, Erin Noordhoff) 8:44.85; 2. Kailua 8:56.82; 3. Lanikai 9:31.90; 4. New Hope 9:38.94; 5. Outrigger 10:00.84; 6. Keahiakahoe 10:10.02.

Men masters 40: 1. Lanikai (Peter Abcarian, Bruce Lukas, Mark Miller, Thomaas Cavaco, Michael Hall, Jim Foti), 7:28.65; 2. Outrigger 7:46.02; 3. Hui Nalu 7:48.74; 4. Kailua 7:49.05; 5. New Hope 7:59.77; 6. Healani 8:07.35.

Women open four: 1. Lanikai (Auliilani Rosa, Kate Dennis, Heidi Smith, Nicole Radford) 4:48.73; 2. Kailua 4:55.50; 3. Outrigger 4:58.76; 4. Hui Lanakila 5:00.70; 5. Leeward Kai 5:10.34; 6. Waimanalo 5:22.14.

Men open four: 1. Hui Lanakila (Raven Aipa, Adam Treinen-Aea, Manny Kulukulialani, Kaleo Cambra) 3:53.65; 2. Kailua 3:57.57; 3. Keahikahoe 4:03.38; 4. Outrigger 4:11.45; 5. Lanikai 4:12.73; 6. Leeward Kai, 4:14.20.

Mixed masters 55: 1. Keahikahoe (Christine Gibson, Boy Gerona, Leohone Magno, Joseph Ahyuen, Mel Deutsch, Keoki Kupihea) 4:25.11; 2. New Hope 4:31.40; 3. Kailua 4:32.01; 4. Outrigger 4:37.78; 5. Lanikai 4:42.14; 6. Hui Nalu 4:45.84.

Mixed masters 40: 1. Lanikai (John Foti, Lisa Bennett, Daniel Kauai, Leslie Ann Murakami, Scott Freitas, Natalie Bessonoff) 4:05.85; 2. Anuenue 4:16.27; 3. Outrigger 4:20.11; 4. Kailua 4:20.79; 5. Keahiakahoe 4:21.43; 6. New Hope 4:30.21.

Mixed: 1. Lanikai (Brent Johnston, Norma Bustos, Michael Hallinan, Valerie Franck, David Smith, Joey Foti) 4:07.64; 2. Hui Nalu 4:10.36; 3. Anuenue 4:12.13; 4. Hui Lanakila 4:15.66; 5. Kailua 4:15.92; 6. Keahiakahoe 4:16.12.