Maui, HI (May 16, 2011) – The 3rd annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a one man outrigger canoe race was held Sunday May 15 2011, at Kanaha Beach Park, Maui, celebrating the ocean lifestyle, island culture, tradition, giving back, and family.
More than 100 paddlers competed in this years OC1 race. The racecourse followed the famous 8-mile Maliko “downwinder” finishing at the Lae ‘Ula O Kai Canoe Club at Kanaha Beach Park, Maui. Conditions were ideal with clear skies, 15 knot trade winds with 2 to 4 feet of surf, creating close competition for both men’s and women’s.
Jimmy Austin took first place in the men’s Elite OC1 race with a time of 00:47:37, Manny Kulukulualani finished second with a time of 00:48:07 and Kareal Tresnak 00:48:31 finished third with the time of 00:48:31.
Andrea Moller defended her 2009 and 2010 OluKai Ho’olaule’a title by winning the women’s Elite OC1 race with a time of 00:53:16. Dane Ward finished in close second with a time of 00:54:32, and Emili Janchevis took third place with a time of 00:54:43. The top 6 finishers in the elite division took home portions of the $7,500 prize purse, with equal prize money for the men’s and women’s division.
Beyond the races, paddlers, families and other visitors shared the camaraderie, gorgeous weather, Hawaiian games, luau and music. Guests enjoyed traditional Hawaiian games hosted by Maui Cultural Lands, sailing canoe rides on the HSCA champion vessel Kamakakoa, and Lae ‘Ula O Kai canoe club’s traditional luau.
Part of the proceeds from the OluKai Ho’olaule’a go to the OluKai ‘Ohana Giveback Program. Beneficiaries include the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association/Junior Lifeguard Program, Maui Cultural Lands and Team Kamakakoa, champions of the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association.
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Founded in 2005, OluKai was conceived from a desire for a premium ocean lifestyle brand with a distinctively different point of view and deep values. We are committed to building a unique and better class of products that blend ocean heritage with modern performance. The spirit of Aloha inspired the creation of the ‘Ohana Giveback Program as our commitment to our Hawaiian family.