Pa'a Eono Hoe

Some awesome wahine were loading up their canoe for the Pa'a iron race today on the trailer. I watched as the Kapa'a took off. Looks like everyone is getting ready. I hope this year will be as fun as the last.

Submitted by poidog on Sun, 05/20/2012 - 3:20pm

I'm really excited for this race. For everyone involved may you have a safe and fun crossing.

I caught wind that a 3man might appear somewhere off Makapuu. Should be interesting to see how it might match up with the unlimited V6 and OC-6

#1 Tue, 05/22/2012 - 11:43pm

how many crews are entered? any new hulls going to be out there?

#2 Wed, 05/23/2012 - 8:36pm

Any Coverage? Terry? ((Hawaian X.

#3 Thu, 05/24/2012 - 7:22am

Sooooo whats the word? How many crews? Which crews? V3 action?.....

#4 Sat, 05/26/2012 - 8:25pm

Epic conditions, going to be some 20mph moments out there.

#5 Sat, 05/26/2012 - 9:41pm

any news? should be interesting. I hear there's a crew of all time greats out there in a light OC boat today. how's the young boy crew doing? team Shop Workers of Kamanu? Anything?

#6 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 12:15pm

cannot find word anywhere. frustrating.

#7 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 12:41pm

k, posting on FB now. Luke and Boys 1/4 mile behind Karel et al.

#8 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 1:00pm

I think it was noon start to allow flyover today and save money.

#9 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 1:02pm

Kiri where are you getting the updates from? Any idea if it was a noon start? Heard they might have moved it up to 10:30. Can anyone confirm?

#10 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 1:06pm

where's the finish? Hawaii Kai like last year? Bay would be fun anyhow.

#11 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 1:35pm

looking like team kamanu

#12 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 2:10pm

race is not over yet!

#13 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 2:11pm

1st place 3.41.25
waiting for team confirmation......don't want to spread false info....

#14 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 2:18pm

sorry for the delay!!! seems like my contact has stopped updating. probably screaming hugging and crying with the winners.... I think I know, but until i see it in writing, don't want to say!

#15 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 2:27pm

1) kamanu 3:41
2) karel 3:45
3) hui Lanakila (400lb boat) 4:07

#16 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 2:40pm

great race .guess everyone had fun except tor the escort boats that had to push upwind from Oahu. glad to see Karel in the mix. Still ,.,..this is not an unlimtied race....canoes have to be 200#'s minimum. i imagine the Kamanu canoes had to add some weights to the seats ?

#17 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 3:06pm

On the entry form under Divisions, it list the canoe specs - Spec = HCRA Specified 400lb. canoe division and
OD = Open Design 200lb + so it was never an 'unlimited' race as far as canoes go. Minimum weight 200lb & if your va'a was under 200lb, you had to add weight to bring it to 200lb.

#18 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 3:03pm

thank you for the results and clarification! Now it is time to mow the lawn!

#19 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 3:12pm

That new Kamanu boat must be the absolute best $41t on the water because those are "just shopboys" that pulled a 3:41 and beat some serious 4 and 5 star paddlers.

@poidog- Yes it is always nice to see Karel do well but this was a terrible showing by those guys. No way should they have not won that race. Karel has got to be one the the best steersman the Kaiwi channel has ever seen and they lost to Luke (who steered the winning canoe. Does Luke even own a steering blade.....) and 5 other mid-level hot shots.

Light boats should not mixed with old designs. They poison the unlimited waters.

.....and jr. impressive is that. That channel would have scared most experience paddlers and these guys did great in it. I bet these Jr boys have very few, if any, Kaiwi Channel 6 man crossing under their belts.

Love it or leave it, some of these things I probably shouldn't say...but now we know the Jr. boys can PLAY!

PS. Hui Lanikila with a 400lb boat pulling a 4:07 is real deal.

#20 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 6:02pm

one thing lost in this discussion is the 7th crew member. the one so often ignored. the canoe.

The Kamanu was built by her paddlers. She returned the favor of them creating her by carrying her crew members safely and swiftly across the Ka'iwi channel. no one else in the race today had that bond with their 7th teammate. that bond cannot be underestimated nor can it be quantified. it doesn't matter how many championships it's crew has won, how many steering blades they have, or how fast everyone else thinks they are. i too underestimated that bond, but today the Kamanu reminded us all.

yes design, weight, and paddlers all make a difference. but so does the bond a crew shares with each other and it's canoe. we'd all be remiss not to mention this.

#21 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 7:47pm

@healthyearth I was lucky to be one of the paddlers in the junior crew and all I can say is that it was an insanely awesome experience that definitely is something I will always remember, as of a year ago, I never thought I would be racing the Kaiwi in a OC6 iron. It's also fun to get out and compete with all of the top paddlers, as its more motivation to get better and see where you actually stand in terms of the top guys. I believe it was our first OC6 crossing for all of us and it was awesome, thanks to Manny for making it all happen. In relation, I think it would be great if the Molokai Hoe and the Na Wahine O Ke Kai were open to permitting junior crews to race, it would allow young paddlers to participate in these awesome races that test everyone's ability to remain disciplined, have fun, and rely on each other, which would allow young paddlers to progress in paddling in a great way.

#22 Sun, 05/27/2012 - 10:24pm

wait a second healthyearth. who are you to talk smack about anyone in this race. Do you know what they went through during the did you do out there or are you one of these typical bloggers whos paddling career revolves around what you say with your keyboard and not how you perform. Those are my brothers your putting down and you obviously have no idea what any of those guys go through on a daily basis to perform at an elite level. at least put your name after you comments so everyone knows whos talking shit. have you ever placed even top ten in any race. This is my one problem with this site, everyone has huge balls when there on a keyboard and no one knows who they are. stop lippin and start ripin.
Kahaku Aspelund
I aint hard to find

#23 Mon, 05/28/2012 - 9:51am

Who was in the Kamanu crew? Karel crew? Hui Lanikila? Jr's?
What other crews played in the kaiwi yesterday? No women?

#24 Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:10am

Kamanu: Justin Watts, Mael Carey, Alex Epling, Alika Guillame, Makana Denton, Luke Evslin ( Steering)
Karel's Boat: Pat Dolan, Matt Crowley, Aaron Creps, Manny Kulukulualani, John Foti, Karel (Steering)
There were lots of women's crew from what I heard, and conditions were as good as the previous two Eono's. Sounded like a lot of fun. Wish I had shipped my 3 man but I chose for some family time instead and it was well worth it.

#25 Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:25am

i agree 100% with Kahaku...thats all i got to say.

#26 Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:27am

Kamanu Crew in order:
Justin Watts, Mael Carey, Alexander Epling, Alika Guillame, Makana Denton, Luke Evslin

Lanikai Crew:
Pat Dolan, Matt Crowley, Aaron Creps, Manny K, John Foti, Karel Jr.

I witnessed both crews give a valiant effort across a relatively heavy channel. Very happy that everyone made it across safely and extremely proud of the Kamanu shop team.

#27 Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:31am

Oops a little late. Damn Aukina you are so fast.

#28 Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:33am

Eleven boats raced. There were:
- 4 open design boats (Kamanu in ‘Kamanu’, Kailua 50s men in Lanikai ‘green’ boat, Jrs. in ‘Kapaa’, Karel’s crew in ‘Golden Gun’)

  • 3 lightweight 'traditional' boats, not certain on these boats (wahine in 200 lb Lightning, Beach Girls in Outrigger Connection ‘Vosa’ (lightweight Mirage?), wahine in 200lb Mirage (I think).
  • 4 spec boats (Hui Lanikila men, Hui Nalu wahine, Aussie Masters men, Oahu Masters men (40 oz to Freedom)).

And, yes, it was fun.

#29 Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:37am

Hui Lanakila Crew:
Anthony Ortiz, Kekai Kamakawiwo'ole, Mario Mausio, Victor Bovino, Makena Fernandez, Adam Treinen-Aea

#30 Tue, 05/29/2012 - 7:24am

I hate to take away from the spirit of this post and the accomplishment of the Jr.s race. But I have to respond to FTdoub.

I know a little something about enduring what they go though and being top caliber. Let class begin.
In Kanaka Ikaika races I placed 3rd the overall points for the year in my age division for mixed two man .......and guess what that was long course. Most races I placed just outside of top three. I got 3rd in overall points by determination by being at every race and entering only mixed two man. The nights before those races I pounded the Pokahi Sweat so much I didn't sleep well enough to get my full 8.5 hours of sleep recommended by doctors.

In my Hui Va'a mixed races we finished fourth for the year. Only missed OCHRA State Champs race by two points. If everyone in my crew trained like I do we would have had those two extra points. After every practice I get on my scooter head straight to my place and rep out 25 on the erg machine, call some crew members to give them some timing tips and blending tips (usually on their voice mail), all this before I put on my head sweat band pound out a bag of Cheetos and diet red bull, go up stairs to tell my mom good night., then troll OC paddler, TMZ, and other various sites that still let annonymous bloggers post.

Do you think it's easy for me to got to practice knowing that the guys in my boat are putting in the same time I do!! All I can do is bite my lip to not tell these "teammates" OFF!!

The only thing that seperates me from the top guys is I need to wear gloves for any race over half mile. I get calluses and they hurt my pet hamster and rabit when I pet them to sleep.

#31 Tue, 05/29/2012 - 10:11am

I was on team Pacific Wahine. We used the same canoe that we paddled for Olamau Race - 209 lb Bradley hull built by Pogue Sports. We used different ama's in each race - a Bixler for Olamau and an Eagle for 'Eono. In both cases we had to add choks and spreaders to make up for the lack of hull displacement.

In both races I found that the light weight boat was so much easier to get on bumps that it took an attitude shift. I think you get conditioned to an experience based on the 400lb hull and have to apply a new set of rules to light weight surfing. Figuring out what the canoe responds well to, and realizing that you are going to get on what you are working for if you just stick with it, is awesome and makes paddling the channel in an OC6 so much more rewarding. It's hard to imagine going back to the channel in a 400 pounder after having been exposed to great surfing conditions in a light weight canoe.

The crew for Eono was Katie Stephens, Nohea Hirahara, Camille DeCarmejane, Mei Tuicolo, Tee Felgate and Anna Mathisen (me). Camille and Mei came from Hong Kong and Australia to race. We worked really hard to make the most of the conditions and we are looking forward to the next adventure and thank Manny and Olamau for continuing to organize events like these, we look forward to attending the next!

#32 Tue, 05/29/2012 - 11:32am

@healthyearth mahalo plenty for the wacky response! I spit my drink out my nose laughing so hard. Now my computer monitor's a mess!!

#33 Tue, 05/29/2012 - 11:35am

Good job junior crew. Logan, nice summary and I agree with you about 'Hoe and Na Wahine.

#34 Tue, 05/29/2012 - 12:17pm

wow. a round of applause for the worlds greatest paddler. like i said i aint hard to find

#35 Tue, 05/29/2012 - 12:58pm

Olomau was awesome and I don't want to take away from that awesome race. ..........But I think that this Eono witht the jr's participating in such radical conditions and doing so well will do just as much for the sport or more for the sport than Olomau.

Race organizer have to put on more long distance races in light boats for the jr's. (I say in light boats cause those kids will have no desire to paddle the 400lb boats after using THE unlimited boat). It's an injustice that the jr's have not been able to participate in distance races. Just that injustice makes me not want to participate in any HCRA events.

#36 Tue, 05/29/2012 - 1:01pm

Here is a video of the building, blessing, and racing of Kamanu

#37 Wed, 05/30/2012 - 11:18am

wow, you would have thought i was there or saw this video from the post i made. that is exactly what i was thinking. awesome video Makana.

#38 Wed, 05/30/2012 - 12:02pm

are there overall results anywhere???

#39 Wed, 05/30/2012 - 12:09pm

Really nice video. I would like to see longer video of that canoe surfing. I could be wrong here, but it appears that that canoe easily starts to surf with not that much of the wave pushing under or slightly in front of seat 4. So what I'm saying is that canoe seems to surf more in front of the wave or it takes off earlier than what I think I've seen other canoes do.

Do you have more video of that canoe surfing that you can show us?

I'd like to see more of the video with the other canoe nearby by so we can see how the two are surfing differently.

I rememeber the year the green boat won there was a video that showed it catching up to a Big Island unlimitted canoe and walking right past it. It was very noticable how much better the green boat surfed.

#40 Wed, 05/30/2012 - 1:12pm

Very cool video. I had several bets on the Jr. Boys, my bet was that the Lovell Taylor crew of women would give these Jr. Boys a run...Donna Kahakui, Nicole Pedersen, Shelly Oates-Wilding, Paula Crabb (all Na Wahine winners @ some point) along with Patsy Vasquez and Carleen Ornellas steering, over 150 years of Molokai crossings...actually betting against my sons' crew, going on expereince alone and the rough conditions. Both crews had 200# canoes... the betting was more in the sprit of fun...the more I thought about it, I decided I better balance my bets and started taking the Jr. boys...all in all it was fun OPS shuttle discussion. 4th place! I think the boys had no choice to paddle fast as Hopena had to be at the Blasidell @ 4pm for his high school graduation from Kamehameha. Average age of these boys 16.8 Alex Look the youngest at 15.
Mahalo to the men who supported these young boys in the expereince and allowing it to happen.
Manny, Les , Franco, Darren, Bobby, Lono

#41 Wed, 05/30/2012 - 9:41pm

Yep, the jr. crew did awesome. It was great to see them out there.

#42 Wed, 05/30/2012 - 11:22pm

Some footage as well of Hui Lanakila.

#43 Wed, 05/30/2012 - 11:25pm

Great video, Kamanu Team. You guys made it all look easy and fun.

#44 Thu, 05/31/2012 - 1:58pm

Results please ? We got the times for the first 3 canoes... what about the others. I've been looking for them on the web but didn't find anything. :(

#45 Thu, 05/31/2012 - 9:24pm


Thanks makana and Cory for the cool vids. Those aren't just plain old shop boys, they are good paddlers with impressive individual and team results over many years. It's cool that canoe teams are trying different things with design, and really awesome to hear the paddlers reports. Mahalo. Kingi

#46 Thu, 05/31/2012 - 11:13pm

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