DEFENDING CHAMPIONS KAI OPUA VICTORIOUS IN THE WAVES
 
23RD ANNUAL BANK OF HAWAII NA WAHINE O KE KAI
OUTRIGGER CANOE RACE, 2001

Honolulu, HAWAII - Sunday, September 23, 2001 - Big Island women's Kai Opua outrigger canoe team set the record straight in more ways than one today, successfully defending their Bank of Hawaii Na Wahine O Ke Kai title and doing so in anything but smooth conditions. Today's field of 65 canoes was a record number of entries equal to that of the 1998 lineup. Kai Opua took an early lead but were shadowed much of the 41 miles from Hale O Lono, Molokai, to Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Oahu, by Team Eye Catcher - a composite team of paddlers from Kauai, Oahu, Maui and New Zealand that placed second overall.

Cloudy skies offered relief from the heat for today's crossing, but a solid swell of four to six feet, stiff winds and challenging currents
made for a 'mixed plate' of paddling conditions. Long regarded the team to beat in smooth, flat conditions, typical of their home waters in
Kailua-Kona, Kai Opua's hefty season of cross training and long-distance practice paid off to confirm their number one ranking. Their winning time of 6:24:52 was one hour and 30 seconds longer than the record set in 1995 by California's Offshore, due to today's rough conditions. Kai Opua was also victorious in the Masters 45 division, which finished in a time of 7:26:01.

Team Eye Catcher's finish time was 6:30:43, and third place was Outrigger Canoe Club Red with a time of 6:32:41. The first Masters 35
crew over the line was California's Newport Aquatic Center #1 (7:03:40), and the first crew paddling a koa canoe to finish was Waikiki Surf Club (7:38:27). The first non-Hawaiian team over the line was Canada's False Creek #1 in a time of 6:47:17.

Under the unwavering direction of coach Beanie Heen, Kai Opua deviated a little from their original course in order to keep close to Eye Catcher, not allowing them any opportunities to gain ground. While the two teams went on to battle difficult currents off of Port Lock, the going got smoother by Hawaii Kai and it was there that Kai Opua took off. "There was surf and we won, imagine that!" said Kai Opua steerswoman Jackie Taylor, making light of the tag they finally shed today of being smooth-water specialists. "The team went great right from the start.

"The conditions were really sloppy off Port Lock. The rough window was a little longer than usual, but once it cleaned up, we surfed all the way home. We had Beanie there on his little bullhorn, telling us what to do, and it was all good. We took some different lines on our course,
covering (Eye Catcher) and it paid off."

Team Eye Catcher, a regrouping of Wailua Canoe & Kayak, who won the 21st Bank of Hawaii Na Wahine O Ke Kai in 1999, was satisfied with their performance and put the loss down to the home stretch.

"We went a little too far north on our course today, but those (Kai Opua) girls are so strong," said Eyecatcher's steerswoman Noe Sawyer.
"We might have had a shot at them at one point, but once we got into the flatter water, they just disappeared."

Following an emotional starting line ceremony on Molokai, where competitors and officials sang 'God Bless America' and 'Hawaii Aloha',
the canoes, many equipped with American flags, were greeted at the Waikiki finish line by the Aloha Festivals Royal Court. In all, crews
from Hawaii, California, Washington and Canada competed today with more than 650 paddlers crossing the channel.

Coming up, Sunday, October 7, will be the 50th crossing of the men's Bank of Hawaii Hinano Molokai Hoe. More than 100 of the world's top men's crews will take to the Molokai Channel in a battle for line honors in the world championship of outrigger canoe racing, sponsored as a community service by Bank of Hawaii and Hinano Tahiti.

Bank of Hawaii presents...
The 2001 Bankoh Na Wahine O Ke Kai
September 23, 2001 - Waikiki Beach, Oahu
Overall Results
       
Place and Name Division Time Pace
 
1 Kai Opua 1 Open Glass 6:24:52 09:25
2 Team Eye Catcher Open Glass 6:30:43 09:34
3 Outrigger C.C Red Open Glass 6:32:41 09:37
4 Hui Nalu 1 Open Glass 6:39:35 09:47
5 Kailua-Kahiau Open Glass 6:44:08 09:54
6 False Creek 1 Open Glass 6:47:17 09:58
7 Lanikila/California Open Glass 6:54:27 10:09
8 Lokahi 1 Open Glass 6:56:09 10:11
9 Lae Ula O Kai Open Glass 6:57:29 10:13
10 Newport Aquatic Center 2 Open Glass 6:58:51 10:15
11 Kai Ola 1 Open Glass 6:59:41 10:17
12 Newport Aquatic Center 1 Master 35 7:03:40 10:23
13 Lanikai 1 Open Glass 7:06:59 10:27
14 Hui Lanakila Master 35 7:07:31 10:28
15 Jericho Open Glass 7:10:02 10:32
16 Lanikai 2 Open Glass 7:13:02 10:36
17 Outrigger C.C. white Open Glass 7:14:16 10:38
18 Marina Del rey Open Glass 7:16:26 10:41
19 Healani Novice Open Glass 7:17:41 10:43
20 North Shore Masters Master 35 7:18:40 10:45
21 Hui Nalu 2 Open Glass 7:18:46 10:45
22 Waikiki Beach Boys 1 Open Glass 7:19:01 10:45
23 Hawaiian C.C. Open Glass 7:19:12 10:45
24 Kailua-Kikaha Open Glass 7:22:38 10:50
25 Keaukaha Open Glass 7:23:59 10:52
26 Dana Outrigger Open Glass 7:24:16 10:53
27 Waikiki Yacht Club 1 Open Glass 7:25:03 10:54
28 Kai Opua Senior Masters Master 45 7:26:01 10:55
29 Kailua-Alika Open Glass 7:26:41 10:56
30 Hui Nalu 4 Open Glass 7:27:14 10:57
31 California Masters Master 35 7:27:49 10:58
32 False Creek 2 Open Glass 7:30:39 11:02
33 Washington C.C Open Glass 7:31:02 11:03
34 Tamalpais Outrigger Open Glass 7:33:15 11:06
35 Outrigger C.C.blue Open Glass 7:33:20 11:06
36 Waikiki Surf club Koa 7:38:27 11:14
37 Pupu O Hawaii Master 35 7:45:08 11:24
38 Puu Wai Koa 7:46:13 11:25
39 Koa Kai Open Glass 7:47:24 11:27
40 San Francisco Open Glass 7:48:03 11:28
41 Anuenue Open Glass 7:48:39 11:29
42 Kahana C.C. Open Glass 7:51:10 11:32
43 Hui Lanakila Koa 7:53:39 11:36
44 Kai Opua 2 Open Glass 7:53:59 11:37
45 Kai Ola 2 Open Glass 7:55:32 11:39
46 Lokahi 2 Open Glass 7:55:51 11:39
47 Healani Open Glass 7:56:22 11:40
48 Lahaina C.C Open Glass 7:57:32 11:42
49 Hui Nalu 3 Master 45 8:00:05 11:46
50 Kai E Hitu Open Glass 8:00:57 11:47
51 Waikiki Yacht Club 2 Open Glass 8:05:48 11:54
52 Napili Open Glass 8:07:32 11:56
53 Mano O Ke Kai Open Glass 8:09:21 11:59
54 Keoua O Honaunau Koa 8:09:28 11:59
55 Waikiki Beach Boys 2 Open Glass 8:10:14 12:00
56 Kamehameha/Oahu Open Glass 8:10:48 12:01
57 Keahiakahoe Open Glass 8:10:57 12:01
58 Waikoloa Master 45 8:11:48 12:03
59 Hui Nalu 5 Open Glass 8:16:30 12:10
60 Imua Open Glass 8:17:44 12:11
61 Lanikai 3 Open Glass 8:19:59 12:15
62 Kahakai Master 35 8:20:38 12:16
63 Kai Oni Open Glass 8:23:38 12:20
64 Na Kai Ewalu Master 45 8:38:05 12:41
65 North Shore Open Glass 8:50:25 13:00
       
Koa Division
Place and Name Time Pace
     
1 Waikiki Surf club 7:38:27 11:14
2 Puu Wai 7:46:13 11:25
3 Hui Lanakila 7:53:39 11:36
4 Keoua O Honaunau 8:09:28 11:59
     
Masters 35
   
     
Place and Name Time Pace
     
1 Newport Aquatic Center 1 7:03:40 10:23
2 Hui Lanakila 7:07:31 10:28
3 North Shore Masters 7:18:40 10:45
4 California Masters 7:27:49 10:58
5 Pupu O Hawaii 7:45:08 11:24
6 Kahakai 8:20:38 12:16
     
Masters 45
   
     
1 Kai Opua Senior Masters 7:26:01 10:55
2 Hui Nalu 3 8:00:05 11:46
3 Waikoloa 8:11:48 12:03
4 Na Kai Ewalu 8:38:05 12:41
     
     
     
Open Class
   
     
1 Kai Opua 1 6:24:52 09:25
2 Team Eye Catcher 6:30:43 09:34
3 Outrigger C.C Red   6:32:41 09:37
4 Hui Nalu 1   6:39:35 09:47
5 Kailua-Kahiau   6:44:08 09:54
6 False Creek 1   6:47:17 09:58
7 Lanikila/California   6:54:27 10:09
8 Lokahi 1   6:56:09 10:11
9 Lae Ula O Kai   6:57:29 10:13
10 Newport Aquatic Center 2   6:58:51 10:15
11 Kai Ola 1   6:59:41 10:17
12 Lanikai 1   7:06:59 10:27
13 Jericho   7:10:02 10:32
14 Lanikai 2   7:13:02 10:36
15 Outrigger C.C. white   7:14:16 10:38
16 Marina Del rey   7:16:26 10:41
17 Healani Novice   7:17:41 10:43
18 Hui Nalu 2   7:18:46 10:45
19 Waikiki Beach Boys 1   7:19:01 10:45
20 Hawaiian C.C.   7:19:12 10:45
21 Kailua-Kikaha   7:22:38 10:50
22 Keaukaha   7:23:59 10:52
23 Dana Outrigger   7:24:16 10:53
24 Waikiki Yacht Club 1   7:25:03 10:54
25 Kailua-Alika   7:26:41 10:56
26 Hui Nalu 4   7:27:14 10:57
27 False Creek 2   7:30:39 11:02
28 Washington C.C   7:31:02 11:03
29 Tamalpais Outrigger   7:33:15 11:06
30 Outrigger C.C.blue   7:33:20 11:06
31 Koa Kai   7:47:24 11:27
32 San Francisco   7:48:03 11:28
33 Anuenue   7:48:39 11:29
34 Kahana C.C.   7:51:10 11:32
35 Kai Opua 2   7:53:59 11:37
36 Kai Ola 2   7:55:32 11:39
37 Lokahi 2   7:55:51 11:39
38 Healani   7:56:22 11:40
39 Lahaina C.C   7:57:32 11:42
40 Kai E Hitu   8:00:57 11:47
41 Waikiki Yacht Club 2   8:05:48 11:54
42 Napili   8:07:32 11:56
43 Mano O Ke Kai   8:09:21 11:59
44 Waikiki Beach Boys 2   8:10:14 12:00
45 Kamehameha/Oahu   8:10:48 12:01
46 Keahiakahoe   8:10:57 12:01
47 Hui Nalu 5   8:16:30 12:10
48 Imua   8:17:44 12:11
49 Lanikai 3   8:19:59 12:15
50 Kai Oni   8:23:38 12:20
51 North Shore   8:50:25 13:00
     
Canada
   
     
1 False Creek 1 6:47:17  
2 Jericho 7:10:02  
3 False Creek 2 7:30:39  
     
California
   
     
1 Lanikila/California 6:54:27  
2 Newport Aquatic Center 2 6:58:51  
3 Newport Aquatic Center 1 Master 7:03:40  
4 Marina Del Rey 7:16:26  
5 Dana Outrigger 7:24:16  
6 California Masters 7:27:49  
7 Tamalpais Outrigger 7:33:15  
8 Pupu O Hawaii Master 7:45:08  
9 San Francisco 7:48:03  
10 Kahakai Master 8:20:38  
     
Big Island
   
     
1 Kai Opua 1 6:24:52  
2 Keaukaha 7:23:59  
3 Kai Opua Senior Masters 7:26:01  
4 Kai Opua 2 7:53:59  
5 Kai E Hitu 8:00:57  
6 Keoua O Honaunau Koa 8:09:28  
7 Waikoloa Master 8:11:48  
     
Kauai
   
     
1 Kai Ola 1 6:59:41  
2 Puu Wai Koa 7:46:13  
     
Maui
   
     
1 Lae Ula O Kai 6:57:29  
2 Hawaiian C.C 7:19:12  
3 Kahana C.C. 7:51:10  
4 Kai Ola 2 7:55:32  
5 Lahaina C.C. 7:57:32  
6 Napili 8:07:32  
7 Na Kai Ewalu Master 8:38:05  
     
Oahu
   
     
1 Team Eye Catcher 6:30:43  
2 Outrigger C.C. red 6:32:41  
3 Hui Nalu 1 6:39:35  
4 Kailua-Kahiau 6:44:08  
5 Lokahi 1 6:56:09  
6 Lanikai 1 7:06:59  
7 Hui Lanakila Master 7:07:31  
8 Lanikai 2 7:13:02  
9 Outrigger C.C.white 7:14:16  
10 Healani Novice 7:17:41  
11 North Shore Masters 7:18:40  
12 Hui Nalu 2 7:18:46  
13 Waikiki Beach Boys 1 7:19:01  
14 Kailua-Kikaha 7:22:38  
15 Waikiki Yacht Club 1 7:25:03  
16 Kailua-Alika 7:26:41  
17 Hui Nalu 4 7:27:14  
18 Outrigger C.C.blue 7:33:20  
19 Waikiki Surf club Koa 7:38:27  
20 Koa Kai 7:47:24  
21 Anuenue 7:48:39  
22 Hui Lanakila Koa 7:53:39  
23 Lokahi 2 7:55:51  
24 Healani 7:56:22  
25 Hui Nalu 3 Master 8:00:05  
26 Waikiki Yacht Club 2 8:05:48  
27 Mano O Ke Kai 8:09:21  
28 Waikiki Beach Boys 2 8:10:14  
29 Kamehameha/Oahu 8:10:48  
30 Keahiakahoe 8:10:57  
31 Hui Nalu 5 8:16:30  
32 Imua 8:17:44  
33 Lanikai 3 8:19:59  
34 Kai Oni 8:23:38  
35 North Shore 8:50:25  
     
Washington DC
   
     
1 Washington C.C. 7:31:02