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HCC wins Kihei regatta in close fashion
June 5, 2014 - Robert Collias
Hawaiian Canoe Club usually leads a Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association regatta by 11 points about five events in.
Not the case in the season opener last Saturday. Here is the lead to Chris Sugidono's story:
KIHEI - Hawaiian Canoe Club is unquestionably the strongest team in the Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association.
The club won its 11th state championship in 15 years last season, and typically cruises through the county regattas, having won the last 29 MCHCA titles.
This year, however, might prove more difficult.
Hawaiian finished first in the season-opening Moki Kalanikau Regatta at Ka Lae Pohaku with 149 points, but Kihei, the host club, was just 11 back in second place.
About 40 paddlers from Wailea Canoe Club have joined Kihei to give HCC "a run for their money," Kihei coach Kawika Williams said. The Wailea club has opted to sit out the season.
"I love it. We actually matched up really well," Williams said.
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