Surf fun at Ko Molokai Keiki O Ke Kai Summer Surf series

Before the first keiki surf event on June 9, the competitors got together for a group shot.

Over two meets, a total of 59 keiki surfers have taken to the waves at Waialua for the annual Ko Molokai Keiki ‘O Ke Kai surf meet.

The baby bumps at Waialua, 19 miles east of Kaunakakai, were perfect for beginner and the more advanced wave sliders alike. For the competitors 8 and younger, adult helpers were in the water pushing the keiki into the waves. The older surfers generally paddled into the waves on their own.

Kelsey-Lee Bicoy-Juario, left, finished near the top in the first two events and now sits in third place in the 9 and 10-year-old age group. On the right is Channon Bush showing off his form.

The three meets in the series are all on Saturdays — June 9, June 23 and the finale coming up on July 7. A pa’ina and awards ceremony will be held after the July 7 meet. Competitors are all asked to wear their Keiki Surf shirt to the final meet for a group photo.

Keiki surfing is all about having fun, and it looks like this guy is definitely enjoying himself.

The Molokai Community Service Council has helped support this event over the past 23 years. Organizers also wanted to thank the Waialua ‘ohana as well as the other surf companies across Molokai, Hawaii and the mainland who have offered support and donations for this event. A big mahalo to the Friendly Isle United Fund for its continued support of Ko Molokai Keiki O Ke Kai Summer Surf Series.

Rafael Adolpho sits in second place in the 10 and 11-year-old age group after two events.

It’s not too late to enter the final meet. Registration for the July 7 event opens at 9:30 a.m. with the meet starting at 10:30 a.m. Call 558-8110 for more information.


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