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Episode 5: Pailolo Challenge with Kaimana Brummel

 

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This coming Saturday, almost a thousand canoe paddlers from across the globe will gather in west Maui for the start of the Pailolo Challenge, a 26 mile outrigger canoe race that crosses the Pailolo Channel between Maui and Moloka’i. And this week’s guest will fill us in on exactly what that means for the paddlers in this OC-6 (6-person) outrigger race. Her name is Kaimana Brummel, and she’s not only organized the event through her work with the Hawaiian Canoe Club, but she’s actually raced the Pailolo Challenge many times. In this podcast Kaimana to tell us why this is called the world’s funnest canoe race, and to talk about what makes canoe paddling much more than just a sport here in Hawaii.

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Paddlers get outrigger canoes ready at Honokahua Beach (D.T. Fleming Beach) on Maui. Photo courtesy Pailolo Challenge.

But my sit down with Kaimana didn’t stop at the Pailolo Challenge. We talked story about the world of canoe paddling as a whole, the cultural and historical significance of paddling to people here in Hawaii, and what lessons paddling can teach us both as individuals and members of a larger community. It’s a conversation that really opened up my eyes, but I  couldn’t squeeze that in to this podcast. So episode 6 of the Maui Online podcast will be my extended talk story with Kaimana, and believe me it’s a podcast you will not want to miss. 

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Racing crews enter the water at Honokahua Beach (D.T. Fleming Beach). Photo courtesy Pailolo Challenge.

For now, enjoy a great talk all about the sport of canoe paddling, and the Pailolo Challenge.

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Pailolo Challenge outrigger canoes race towards Moloka’i. Photo courtesy Pailolo Challenge.
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Photo courtesy Pailolo Challenge
Photo courtesy Pailolo Challenge
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An outrigger canoe approaches Kaunakakai Harbor on Moloka’i for the finish of the Pailolo Challenge. Photo courtesy Pailolo Challenge

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