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Ho`onanea at Rock & Brews - Thursday, July 14th!

Thursday, July 14, 2015 5:00pm-9:00pm

Rock & Brews has graciously opened it's doors to host a fundraiser for NKE. A portion of all food and drink sales will be donated to the Club. We will have a Silent Auction including Swimsuits, Rounds of Golf, Piiholo Zipline, Curtis Cost 'Verdue' giclee, Leilani's, Hula Grill gift certificates and much more! There will also be Giveaways and NKE Merchandise for sale.

Contact Rosie at (808) 446-1484 if you'd like to donate silent auction items or have any questions.

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NKE Hosts Queen Ka`ahumanu and Great Kahakuloa

Saturday, August 27, 2016: Queen K
Sunday, August 28, 2016: Great Kahakuloa

NKE will be hosting the annual Queen Ka`ahumanu Women's Iron Canoe Race on Saturday, August 27th from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor. The following day, Sunday, August 28th, NKE will be hosting the annual Great Kahakuloa Race from Maliko Gulch to Canoe Beach.

Contact Shahlia Wainui for more information at shahliawainui@gmail.com

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Queen Kaahumanu Flyer      Great Kahakuloa Flyer

NKE featured in The Maui News!

Surge continues for Na Kai Ewalu with six victories

By Robert Collias
Staff Writer

Maui News Feature

KAHULUI – Things are on the upswing for Na Kai Ewalu Canoe Club.

The purple-clad paddlers won last year’s A Division state championship, and are continuing to hold their own in the powerful Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association.

The trend didn’t stop Saturday in the John Wilmington III Regatta at Kahului Harbor – the host club won five events, capped by an impressive performance in the freshman women’s race.

Jessica Ford, Stephanie Franklin, Shahlia Wainui, Pua Fukuda, Erin Kamai and Amy Peterson won for the second time in three regattas this season, crossing the finish line in their 1-mile race in 9 minutes, 50.45 seconds – 17.5 seconds in front of second-place Napili.

“We’re very excited,” Franklin said. “We’re lucky to represent Na Kai Ewalu. Our club is on the up and up. We’re starting to rise in the right direction. It’s good to get all the support from all of our members.”

Na Kai Ewalu president Jake Freeman said the club has more than 150 active members.

“We’ve had a good resurgence,” Freeman said. “The kids’ program is outstanding this year and only getting better as the season goes on. The women’s program has come out in force this year and they’re also only getting better.”

Franklin’s commitments to the club include more than racing – she also helps coach the keiki.

“They’re probably my biggest supporters,” Franklin said. “They’re like, ‘There’s coach Steph in the boat,’ so it’s great to be able to share this with them.”

Na Kai Ewalu finished fourth in the team standings with 61 points. Hawaiian won with 158, and Kihei was second with 81.

Na Kai Ewalu’s other wins came in the women’s, men’s, and mixed novice B races, men’s novice A and men’s 40.
Wainui said the morning races, which include the novice and keiki events, set the tone for the day.

“Our kids’ crews this year have been amazing,” she said. “We’ve got a bunch of kids this year, brand-new kids, some of them who have never paddled before and they’re medaling. It makes us adults have to work harder because if we see the kids walking around with medals – you know, we have to represent, too.”

Wainui is the niece of veteran head coach Boogie Wainui.

“With the Wainui name, there’s always a ton of pressure to perform up to that standard,” Whahlia Wainui said. “But as a Wainui, I take that on. I’m proud, I try and instill that pride and humility within all of our members, and then it grows everybody culturally as well. We’re culturally minded now, as well, with the inclusion and respect that comes with that name.”

Collias, Robert. “Surge continues for Na Kai Ewalu with six victories.” The Maui News KAHULUI 19 Jun. 2016: B1. Print.

Upcoming Events

  • July 14 – Ho`onanea at Rock & Brews
  • July 16 – Kamehameha Hosted By Wailea at Kahului Harbor
  • July 23 – MCHCA Championships Hosted By Lae`ula O Kai at Kahului harbor
  • August 6 – State Race at Ke`ehi Lagoon, Oahu
  • August 13 – Annual Membership Meeting and End of Year Banquet
  • August 27 – Queen Ka`ahumanu RACE

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