Historical Handover: A New Chapter for Na Wahine O Ke Kai



Historic Handover: A New Chapter for Na Wahine O Ke Kai
Honolulu, Hawaii - October 20, 2023

Na Wahine O Ke Kai, one of the most iconic and beloved events in Hawaiian canoe racing history, is embarking on a historic transition. The board of directors of Na Wahine O Ke Kai, in collaboration with the Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association (OHCRA), is delighted to announce the formal decision to entrust the production of Na Wahine O Ke Kai to OHCRA.

Since its inception in 1979, Na Wahine O Ke Kai has been an embodiment of womens strength, perseverance, and love for the ocean. Women from across the world have gathered annually to celebrate and compete in this race, which has become a symbol of unity and empowerment.

The decision to pass the torch to OHCRA, an organization with a remarkable track record of stewardship in Hawaiian canoe racing, reflects a bright future for Na Wahine O Ke Kai. OHCRAs commitment to preserving the traditions and values of Hawaiian canoe racing, coupled with their vision for enhancing the race, is a promise for a seamless transition and continued excellence.

This transition, while significant, is a natural progression that will ensure the longevity of this iconic race. Na Wahine O Ke Kai will continue to be a cherished event, embodying the spirit of aloha, the beauty of Hawaiis water, and the unbreakable bond between our people and the canoe. "We are honored to take on the stewardship of Na Wahine O Ke Kai, an iconic race that embodies the spirit of aloha and celebrates the extraordinary abilities of women in our sport. OHCRA is excited to continue this journey and to ensure the traditions and excellence of this race thrive for generations to come, says Luana Froiseth, OHCRA Race Director.

The board of directors expresses their deepest gratitude to the paddling community and all those who have supported Na Wahine O Ke Kai over the years. This race has thrived through your unwavering dedication, and it is with your continued support that it will continue to flourish. "Weve shared a truly remarkable journey with Na Wahine O Ke Kai, celebrating womens strength, unity, and connection to our beloved Kaiwi Channel. As we pass the torch to OHCRA, we honor the past, embrace the present, and trust in the bright future that lies ahead for this incredible race, shared, Carleen Ornellas, Na Wahine O Ke Kai President. In addition, long time Race Director Hannie Anderson is delighted that this race continues on under the guidance of OHCRA.

We look forward to a new chapter in the remarkable story of Na Wahine O Ke Kai and are excited to watch it evolve under the trusted leadership of OHCRA. Our enduring commitment to celebrating women and their achievements in the sport remains unshaken, and we are eager to see the next generation of paddlers embrace this legacy.

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