After months of training, the Na Wahine O Ke Kai canoe race is this Sunday.
UPDATE: You can follow the play by play from Molokai courtesy of Mindy Clark’s Outrigger Canoe video blog!
Lexi and I went to visit the Wahine Paddlers (military wives who are mostly all doing their first channel crossing) and give them some hugs and aloha. For those of you new to Beach Walks, this is considered the premier canoe race – 41 miles across open ocean six miles deep. Many of these women have husbands who are in Iraq. They represent several branches of the service, and are pulling together in a feat of incredible personal and team accomplishment. This race requires so much training; it will take them 6-8 hours to complete most likely.
It also requires a lot of money, as there is so much involved: shipping the canoes over to Molokai, flying the paddlers to Molokai and putting them up overnight are just a few. They estimate it is costing them over $10,000. Please consider making a contribution. Here is how you can Help the Honolulu Pearl Paddlers. (PDF)
We plan to be at the finish line, where we will also meet up with some Masters Women paddlers from the Puakea Foundation who are paddling a koa canoe about the same age as they are!
Here are some previous episodes featuring the Wahine Paddlers:
Beach Walk #171 – Wahine Paddlers Prep for 41-mile race
Beach Walk #172 – Enjoy the Moment
Beach Walk #176 – Meet Some Honolulu Pearls
Beach Walk #179 – Honolulu Pearls Part 2
Beach Walk #181 – Huli Happens
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