Moku O Hawaii gears up for championships
West Hawaii Today
The Moku O Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Racing Association season is actually a two-part big deal. The first goal is for clubs to be first, second or at least third in the Moku O Hawaii standings.
Nice, balanced story from "Hawaii Tribune-Herald" sports reporter Kevin Jakahi. Jakahi provides some interesting historical background on the competition to represent Hawaii Island in the upcoming state canoe racing championships to be held at Keehi Lagoon on Oahu. But before final slots are selected, Hawaii Island clubs need to perform well in this Saturday’s Aunty Maile Mauhili/Moku O Hawaii championships along the Hilo Bayfront. Reporter Jakahi says "not all clubs have a shot at a state title…", but "everyone has a chance to bring home a gold medal and build their own trophy case." I’ve covered a few canoe races this year for my colleagues at KBIG-FM, Native-FM, KAPA-FM, and ESPN radio and I can tell you that each race is fought hard and tough by the Hawaii Island clubs involved. The Moku O Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Racing Association is rightfully proud of its traditions and adherence to its rules. The races are an excellent way to spend the day at the beach. The races also provide a positive outlet for younger teams striving to know their culture and carry on the tradition of Hawaiian canoe racing. I recommend you get to the Bay Front parking areas before 7 a.m., because the limited parking spaces are quickly filled. Aloha, Russ.