HIPA 1st Annual Tui Tonga Challenge - Sat. Dec. 6 - Kona

Tongan Feast with all the best paddlers in the world! One clinic/preseason race not to be missed.

Contact:
Randy Botti, President
Hawai`i Island Paddlesports Association
Phone: 936-7277
FAX: 961-0810
e-mail: hipa@canoescafe.com

November 18, 2003

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Malakai/Meleane presents the First Annual Tui Tonga Challenge on Saturday December 6th, 2003 in Kailua-Kona. This one of a kind event will feature a paddling clinic, a challenging (but not too long) pre-season race and a traditional Tongan Feast. This event is being sponsored by Kafoa and Gerri Hala Latu of Kona with Kokua from family, friends and members of the Tongan community.

The paddling clinic is co-sponsored by Canoe Camp Hawaii of Maui and will feature Rick Nuu of Hawaiian Canoe Club, Kai Bartlett of Lanikai Canoe Club, Bruce Ayau, Mike Fields, Nate Hendricks, Kafoa Hala Latu, Ikaika Hauanio and Steve Boreri of Kai ‘Opua Canoe Club as well as Thiebert Luisaa, Andrew Penny, Karel Tresnak Jr. and Bill Pratt of the 2003 Molokai Hoe champion, New Zealand/Hawaii crew.

The purpose of the clinic is to educate children of all ages, as well as, paddlers of every level and will cover solo OC-1 paddling and rudderless V-1 canoe technique, six-person canoe technique and steering, water safety, training regimes and proper athlete nutrition. There will be on-water demonstrations.

Registration begins at 8:00 am at the Kamakahonu Beach fronting the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel. The paddling clinic is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and is open to any youth or adult currently involved or interested in getting involved on solo or duo canoe paddling. The race will start at approximately 11am with a traditional Tongan feast to follow at H.I.P.A.’s halau at Honokohau harbor.
There will be short course (4 miles) and long course (6 miles) races starting at the Kailua-Kona pier and finishing at Honokohau Harbor.

Hawai`i Island Paddlesports Assn. is the Solo and Duo Paddlesports association for the Big Island; this includes one person and two person outrigger canoes as well as Surfski kayaks and paddleboards. Our race schedule runs from January to April, with various off-season events throughout the year.

Mahalo for support of Outrigger and Kayak Paddling in Hawaii.

Additional information
Race information line 969-6695
H.I.P.A. web site at www.kaikahoe.org

Posted by keizo on Fri, 11/21/2003 - 6:26am

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