FIRST PHOTO: A boys 16 crew including Hawaiian Canoe Club members (foreground) competes in the International Vaa Federation World Sprints that took place from Aug. 11 to Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta. The Hawaii boys 16 crew, which had among its paddlers Mathew Meyers, Kauanoe Vanderpoel, Kellen Bean, Palekana Pamat-Hett, Noah Katzs, Mogul Lu'uwai and Lehau Higashino, took first place in the 500-meter V-12 race and 1,000-meter V6 competition. Lu'uwai also finished sixth in the V-1 finals. Hawaiian's girls 16 paddlers - Kamaile Lee, Mikeala McDaniel, Mikela Wesson, Kahili Novikoff, Tiana Yonemura and Mehana Fisher - took home a silver medal in the V-6 500, and finished third in the V-12 500 and V-6 1,000. Lee, McDaniel, Novikoff and Wesson also were part of the girls 19 crew, along with Lilinoe Bal and Ka'ulu Lu'uwai, that was third in the V-12 500 and V-6 1,000, and fourth in the V-6 500. Yonemura was on a V-12 crew that placed fourth. Vanderpoel, Pamat-Hett and Mogul Lu'uwai joined Maleko Lorenzo, Makalea Aikala and Flo Michellier on the boys 19 crews that took fourth in the V-12 500 and sixth in the V-6 1,000.
SECOND PHOTO: Hawaii (in green-and-white canoe) races in a girls 16 event.
THIRD PHOTO: Hawaii (second from front) prepares to leave the starting line for a girls 19 race.
MAHEA NACUA photo