The “World Sprints” are considered the Olympics for outrigger canoe racing.
Under the cultural guidance of Kumu Kimokeo Kapahulehua, two Kīhei crews will join seven others from Hawai‘i for the paddling competition. The Hawai‘i delegation will join more than 2,500 international athletes and officials from more than 20 countries.
Among the KCC teams are members from the 2008 IVF World Sprints golden master men’s champion double-hull crew that took place in Sacramento, Calif.; the 2009 Moloka‘i Hoe second place men’s grand masters and the fourth place men’s golden masters crew; and the 2009 Na Wahine O Ke Kai fourth place women’s masters 50-plus crew.
The races are 500 and 1,000 meters paddled in either one-man rudderless, six-man, or 12-man outrigger canoes.
Kīhei team members began their rigorous training in January and will continue until they leave for the championship event in May.
Outrigger canoe paddling is a cornerstone of Hawaiian culture, so it’s very important that athletes from Maui be represented at this world-class event.
To raise money for the event, KCC invites you to take part in some “exciting, tasty, practical, adventurous, fun value-filled events.”
A morning car wash will be held at St. Theresa’s Church in Kīhei on South Kīhei Road on Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A full moon paddle will be held on Tuesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. at KCC for a $10 minimum donation. Contact Katy Smith at (847) 989-3539 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Steve Wapner at 268-3691.
Buzz’s Wharf is generously donating 10 percent of their Wednesday dinner sales to help raise money for KCC’s trip.
Advance orders are being taken for Markea Prawns from New Caledonia. Boxes weighing 8.8 pounds are selling for $88.
Join KCC for their “Send Off Party & Lū‘au” at Buzz’s Wharf on Saturday, May 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.