Busy weekend for local wahine sports: Volleyball girls tonight and tomorrow at The Barn; Na Wahine O Ke Kai launches Sunday morning from Hale O Lono Harbor
Team Bradley will be gunning for its sixth straight victory in the Na Wahine O Ke Kai Molokai to Oahu Canoe Race on Sunday.
Often called the world championship or the “Super Bowl” of women’s canoe races, Team Bradley has set itself apart from the field by winning this race the past five years. In 2008 the team, which includes Hawaiian Canoe Club paddler and 2004 Olympian Lauren Bartlett, set the race record with a time of 5 hours, 22 minutes, 5 seconds across the 41-mile Kaiwi Channel.
In its 32nd year, the race will have approximately 85 crews launching from Hale O Lono Harbor at 7:30 a.m. With calm conditions predicted for Sunday, and stiff competition from crews coming from Australia, Canada, California and Tahiti, it will be a challenge for Team Bradley to repeat.
Registration and merchandise for the race will be today until 4 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon at Paddlers Inn in Kaunakakai. There will be a coaches meeting tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Paddlers Inn.
There will be four divisions in the race: Open, Junior Masters 40+, Senior Masters 50+ and Koa Canoe class. An awards ceremony will take place after the race at Ft. De Russy Beach in front of the Hale Koa Hotel.
The Molokai to Oahu Canoe Race is organized and conducted by race director Hannie Anderson and the Na Wahine O Ke Kai Association — Shelly Gilman, Haunani Campos-Olds, Carleen Ornellas, Sig Tannehill and Rosie Lum. The association was founded in February of 1979. At the 1979 election meeting, Puna Dawson christened this event Na Wahine O Ke Kai (Women of the Sea) which took on a new meaning on October 15, 1979, the date of the first women’s Molokai to Oahu Canoe Race.
Undefeated girls volleyball team closes out regular season
Tonight and tomorrow, the wahine Farmers volleyball team finishes its Maui Interscholastic League regular season with two matches against rival Seabury Hall.
Tonight’s match begins at 7 p.m. in The Barn. Tomorrow, the action starts at noon.
Once the regular season is over, the Division II modified tournament begins Oct. 7-9 on Maui. The MIL DII tournament will be Oct. 14-16 on Maui. The state tournament will be Oct. 28-30 on Oahu.
Undefeated in the MIL this season, the Farmers are ranked third in the state in volleyball, behind only sports powerhouses Kamehameha and Punahou.
To celebrate the final home matches for the senior girls, spectators are asked to bring a ti-leaf or sign and wear green at tonight’s games. There will be an aloha ceremony tonight for the seniors: Kalei Adolpho, Dohna Bicoy; Kawena Puhi, Larriley Rawlins and Kailana Ritte-Camara.
For tomorrow, the crowd is asked to dress in white. The goal for this weekend is to get 1,800 people, or approximately 25 percent of the island, to cheer on the Farmers.
So be there and show your Molokai green-and-white spirit!
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