The Namolokama Canoe Club put on a fantastic event this past Saturday – the Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge!

For those of you that haven’t had the chance to experience the fun and excitement, it’s something you should definitely put on your bucket list. The swim competition this year brought people from all over the State, the mainland and Canada. Experienced swimmers, new swimmers, and non-swimmers came out to enjoy the event and give it a go. You could tell everyone was having a great time!

Coldwell Banker Bali Hai Realty proudly sponsored the community event and also joined in the fun. John Ferry and Lois Lutz swam the 1,000 meter race and John’s granddaughter and Christopher Ordonez’s daughter, Kennedy, did the Keiki Pier swim for the first time. Here’s some fun pictures from the event:

All smiles and excitement pre-race. John Ferry, Kennedy, Jack and Lois Lutz

All smiles and excitement pre-race. John Ferry, Kennedy, Jack and Lois Lutz

Kennedy (left) putting on her game face as she prepares for her swim. John and Lois giving her encouragement.

Kennedy (left) putting on her game face as she prepares for her swim. John, Sequoia and Lois giving her encouragement.

The rain stopped, the clouds parted and the sun came out. A rainbow welcomed the swimmers.

The rain stopped, the clouds parted and the sun came out. A rainbow welcomed the swimmers.

Kennedy jumps into the fray and does her very first Keiki Pier Swim!

Kennedy jumps into the fray and does her very first Keiki Pier Swim!

A tough competitor and happy finisher, Kennedy Ordonez-Ferry conquered the Keiki Pier Swim!

A tough competitor and happy finisher, Kennedy Ordonez-Ferry conquered the Keiki Pier Swim!

Congratulations to the following winners from the Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge:

Frank Bird from California won the 3,000M swim in 40:15! Mercedes Stearns, the first Kauai person and first female to finish the 3,000M did it in 41:10! Wow!

Tobin Hickman-Chow from Texas won the 1,000M swim in 13:19. Jack Machorek, from Kalaheo was the first Kauai competitor to come in not far behind at 13:31. Awesome!

Gavin Boggs from Colorado won the Keiki 1-8 Pier Swim in 3:27.  The first Keiki 1-8 from Kauai, Lekili Mendonca, came in at 5:02. Way to go!

Kai Norman of Koloa won the Keiki 9-12 Pier Swim in 2:57. In fact, the top three finishers were all Kauai keiki. Amazing aquatic skills!

Big thanks to the Namolokama Canoe Club for putting on this race/community event. There’s nowhere else that’s more beautiful to swim than Hanalei Bay. The mountains, the palm trees, the waterfalls, rainbows and the bay. It’s pretty epic. Be sure you try it one day.

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