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AROUND THE HAT RACE - September 8, 2012

This year's "Around The Hat" V1 (rudderless 1-man) race included an adaptive division. Four of the adaptive racing crew members took to the bay waters at Kualoa and raced in this event. Vic Allen (Kaua'i) and Karl Kahui (Maui) flew in for the race and joined O'ahu paddlers Mike Nishimoto and Diane Whitcomb for the race around 2 buoys and back to the finish line. Well done, gang! And thank Kamanu Composites for including an adaptive division in this annual tradition.



The adaptive crew participated in the 18-mile long distance Queen Lili'uokalani Race in Kailua-Kona over the 2012 Labor Day weekend. Alicia Hatori, Mike Nishimoto, Steve Moniz, Rich Julian, Diane Whitcomb, Beth Arnoult, Eric Walls, Kaleo Delovio, Karl Kahui, Dawna Zane, Darralyn Clarke and John Greer were the athletes participating in the 6-man and 12-man events.

A special mahalo to Al Konishi and Winton Nicholson and his 'ohana for their amazing support and coordination efforts for the team during their stay.

CONGRATULATIONS to the HAPA racing team members who have returned home to Hawai'i after competing in the 2012 IVF World Sprint competition in Calgary, Canada from August 11-15,2012. The crew garnered gold medals in the V12 500m event, gold and bronze in the V6 500m event, and many of our individual paddlers received gold, silver and bronze medals in the V1 500m events. Countries from around the world participated in this international event, and Hawai'i was well represented by this talented team.

The paddlers representing Hawai'i will be a team comprised of athletes from the entire state: Vic Allen (Kaua'i), Darralyn Clarke (Hawai'i), Chris Greer (O'ahu), John Greer (O'ahu), Alicia Hatori (O'ahu), Rich Julian (O'ahu), Karl Kahui (Maui), Vickia Koutroupas (O'ahu), Mike Nishimoto (O'ahu), Susannah Rice-Kamanu (Hawai'i), Jeremy Wagner (O'ahu), Diane Whitcomb (O'ahu), Ann Yoshida (O'ahu) and Dawna Zane (O'ahu).

Great job gang!

Racing team photo

Donations to support their continued competitive efforts in future local, national and international competitions can be made to:
Hawaii Adaptive Paddling Association
P.O. Box 4194
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Please note the HAPA racing crew on your donation.