An observer on Waikiki Beach accurately described Lanikai’s dominant performance via a rhetorical question on a sweltering Sunday morning to begin the long-distance outrigger canoe paddling season.
“Did you guys have a motor on the back of the canoe? Damn, you were fast!”
The green-and-white clad Lanikai Canoe Club’s top crew sprinted to victory at the 50th edition of the
Duke Kahanamoku Long Distance Race, a 26-mile trek from Kailua to Waikiki Beach held Sunday as thousands of supporters and onlookers watched from the sand. Lanikai crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 47 minutes and 23 seconds — the fastest finish this decade — and held off Team Primo (2:50:18), Hui Nalu (2:51:49), Red Bull Wa‘a (2:52:18), Lanikai’s second crew (2:58:48) and Outrigger (2:59:51).
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