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KALA KUKEA CANOE CHALLENGE
Sponsored by Hui Nalu Canoe Club

EVENT DATE: APRIL 27, 2024
 Maunalua Bay  Race Course Finalized On Race Morning

Wa’a: provided for Keiki, bring your own paddles. 
Wa’a for adults available on a limited basis only
Text Gavin Hanoa 808-636-0063 with requests.

MEDALS for Top 3 adult and junior finishers, each divisionSnacks for Keiki.  Bento Lunch for all participants.

Schedule
6:45 am – 7:00 am – Keiki Registration
7:15 am- 8:00  Short Course Registration
8:00 am – 9:00 Long Course Registration

8:00am – 12 noon Silent Auction
8:00am  – Giftwear and Logowear sale, until supply runs out


6 Person Crew, Divisions
Register with OHCRA.
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Keiki: age 10 thru 14 – $60 per crew Adults/Juniors – $180 per crew
Race starts @ 7:45am Short Course Starts at 9am
Novice, 60’s, 65’s, 70’s, Juniors  Unlimited
Mix (3 men, 3 women), Women or Men
Double Hull (age 10-12) Open Steersmen

Single (age 13-14) Open Steersman
Long Course
starts 30 minutes after Short Course race ends

Open, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 65’s, 70’s, Juniors Unlimited
Mix (3 men, 3 women), Women or Men

Questions?
Please text Nalu Kukea @ 808-282-2256 or Gavin Hanoa @ 808-636-0063

 

Race Background: The Kala Kukea Ironman challenge had its first year in 1996, honoring him just 3 months after his passing. Kala was a Rescue Captain with the Honolulu Fire Department, and long time Hui Nalu Canoe club coach for 25 years. Upon graduating from Kamehameha Schools, Kala won an honorary Appointment to West Point. After commissioning in the Infantry and Airborne Ranger Schools, Kala came back to Hawaii to be assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks. Shortly after, Kala was deployed to Vietnam, where he lead platoons and a company into combat. He also served as Company executive Officer Candidate School in Ft. Banning. Georgia.

His military background included being awarded two Bronze stars, the Air Medal, the Combat Infantry badge and a Purple Heart. In the early 70s, Kala joined the Honolulu Fire department, and in 1975 was assigned to the Special Rescue Squad, where his unit continued to save numerous lives throughout his career. Kala`s son, Nalu, continues in Kala`s footsteps as a firefighter, a champion paddler and a person of great Integrity.

In his honor, and continued respect for his family, son Nalu and grandchildren, Hui Nalu is proud to be able to continue this race annually.

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