Kualapuu fifth grader Jaymen Dudoit-Tabilangan (second from left) narrowly edges out Bucky James Torres (third from left) from Muanaloa in the Makahiki games kukini on Saturday.
The traditional end to Makahiki season brought out an enormous crowd on Saturday to the Kaunakakai ballfield. After presenting the kupuna with traditional ho’okupu (gifts), and a hula performance, it was time for the elementary games to begin.
Participating in this year’s elementary division Ka Moloka’i Makahiki events for the first time were students from Kamehameha Maui and Waipa on Kauai. Kamehameha Maui brought 12 fifth graders and three chaperones while Waipa had 15 fourth, fifth and sixth graders along with three chaperones.
“We welcome them and thank them for coming to Molokai to proudly represent their school and island,” said Loretta Ritte from Ka Moloka’i Makahiki organizing group.
The Kualapuu fifth grade Huki Huki team prepares to win the finals at Saturday’s Makahiki games. Kualapuu won six out of seven grades in the Huki Huki competition.
Students in grades kindergarten through second grade compete in ulumaika (rolling stones to knock over sticks), haka moa (chicken fighting), uma (arm wrestling), kukini (40-yard dash) and huki huki (tug-of-war). Older students compete in all the same events as well as konane (Hawaiian board game similar to checkers).
As the largest elementary school on Molokai, Kualapuu Elementary School once again won more events than any other school.
Ka Moloka’i Makahiki 2013 results:
Kindergarten — Ulumaika, Josephine Torres-Balbirona (Maunaloa); Haka Moa, Koa Walker (Kuakapuu); Uma, Charleston Wallace Jr. (Kaunakakai); Kukini, Tayden Ka’awa (Kualapuu); Huki Huki: Kualapu’u – Koa Walker, Makani Poepoe, Maika Ku, Moses Reyes, Masina Borden-Phillips, Noelani Keanini.
Grade 1 — Ulumaika, Ella Jane Kaupu-Tollefson (Kilohana); Haka Moa, Cassidy Victorino (Kualapuu); Uma, Kiara Lima (Kilohana); Kukini, Kailana McGuire-Guerro (Kaunakakai); Huki Huki, Kualapuu – Cassidy Victorino, Ku Adolpho, William Bentley-Smith, Kian Toledo, Kellyn Guzman, Leila Kahalewai.
Grade 2 — Ulumaika, Jasmine Stone-Place (Kilohana); Haka Moa, Mikaelyn Asuncion (Maunaloa); Uma, Jalen Lani (Kaunakakai); Kukini, Dion Agustiro (Kualapuu); Huki Huki, Kualapuu – Hokuau Arce, Kyan Montizor, Naia Starkey, Nika Crivello, Kamalino Mollena-Kamai, Morhummin Kamai.
Grade 3 — Ulumaika, Keala Puaoi-Traxler (Kilohana); Haka Moa, Justin Kahalewai (Kualapuu); Uma, Destin Gomes (Maunaloa); Kukini, Iokona Florendo (Kualapuu); Huki Huki, Kualapuu – Jewell Cariaga, Keale Keoni O’Sullivan, Justin Kahalewai, Sean Kamai, John Ventura, Joselito Corpuz; Konane, Pumehana Helekahi (Hana).
Grade 4 — Ulumaika, Trace Young (Kualapuu); Haka Moa, Mahikili’ili’I Lopez (Maunaloa); Uma, Josh Hanchett (Kualapuu); Kukini, Lane Kamakana (Kaunakakai); Huki Huki: Kaunakakai – Kaimipono Kekahuna, Kaya Alcon, Yheslie Valete, Kamaha’o Poaha-Ka’ai, Sheldine Poaipuni, Anapuhi Naki; Konane, Johnny Lopez-Agliam (Maunaloa).
Grade 5 — Ulumaika, Cy Young (Kualapuu); Haka Moa, Iverson Ka’apuni-Hirata (Kaunakakai); Uma, Kahala Palmeira (Kamehameha Maui); Kukini, Jaymen Dudoit-Tabilangan (Kualapuu); Huki Huki: Kualapu’u – Koa Ritte-Camara-Tangonan, Ryden Puailihau-Sharpe, Pono Sagario, Eve Tuisamatatele, Courtney Tabil, Chylene; Konane, Maria Angst (Maunaloa).
Grade 6 — Ulumaika, Zeff Dudoit (Kaunakakai); Haka Moa, Chelsea Dudoit (Kaunakakai); Uma, Kale Kamai-Cacpal (Maunaloa); Kukini, Po’okela Espanto (Maunaloa); Huki Huki: Kualapu’u – Alia Madela, Crystal Rubin, Clancey Wright, Richard Dayton, Jersey Paleka, Meleana Pa-Kala; Konane, Kanalu Lopez-Agliam (Maunaloa).
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