Andrea Moller defended her OluKai Hoolaulea titles
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 May, 2011 : - - Maui -- 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 mens and womens. Jimmy Austin took first place in the mens 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 Hoolaulea title by winning the womens 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 mens and womens 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 clubs traditional luau.
Part of the proceeds from the OluKai Hoolaulea 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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