33rd Annual Mac-a-thon Results

You can find the 5k results and 10k results at jtltiming.com. A huge mahalo to everyone who participated, all of our club members who volunteered, and to our local businesses and community members who helped support our club. We couldn’t do it without you!

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The Mac-A-Thon race course: a unique cultural landscape

Mac-A-Thon art-for ANA

The coastal areas of the four ahupua‘a between Hōnaunau and Napo‘opo‘o are home to a unique and precious array of cultural, historical and natural resources. 

Between the significant cultural sites of Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau to the south and the Hikiau Heiau to the north lies the site of the Battle of Moku‘ohai, fought in 1782, which was a key battle in the early days of Kamehameha I’s effort to conquer the Hawaiian Islands. Here, the opposing armies of Kamehameha and his cousin Kiwalao skirmished for seven bloody days, with victory going to Kamehameha when Kiwalao was slain on the 8th day. Many of the fallen warriors were buried on the battlefield so this area is dotted with burial platforms, surviving the ravages of time, grazing cattle and invasive vegetation. 

Linking the two ancient coastal communities is a system of well-trodden ancient pathways that are now part of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. Several mauka-makai trails are also currently being restored by dedicated volunteers. The two sheltered bays – Hōnaunau and Kealakekua – and the pristine waters along the coast that connect them were bountiful sites for the practice of lawai‘a, traditional fishing.

Forming a curving, protective arm embracing the waters of Kealakekua Bay, the 600-ft. tall cliff is known as Pali Kapu o Keōua, the sacred cliff of Keoua. Here is where the bones of Keōua Kalanikupuapaikalaninui Ahilapalapa, the father of Kamehameha I, were laid to rest after his death in the mid-1700s. At the northwest base of the cliff lay the village of Ka‘awaloa, where Capt. Cook met his fate in 1779, while Hikiau Heiau sits at the end of the road in the village of Napo‘opo‘o.   

Keoua Hōnaunau Canoe Club is proud to host its Annual Mac-A-Thon 5K and 10K race on the road between Hōnaunau and Napo’opo’o. We hope to instill appreciation and respect for this beautiful and significant cultural landscape for the benefit of future generations.  

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I Ku Mau Mau


I Ku Mau Mau - Chant
Alaka’i: I ku mau mau

Pane: I ku wa


I ku mau mau
I ku huluhulu
I ka lanawao

Pane: I ku wa

Alaka’i: I ku lanawao

I ku wa
I ku wa huki
I ku wa ko
I ku wa a mau
A mau ka eulu
E huki e


David Malo
Malo was born about 1793, at Keauhou, North Kona. His mother was Heone and his father Aoao, who served in the court of Kamehameha I. His exceptional memory and ability to chant genealogies caught the attention of the royalty, especially that of a chiefess who married him. After her death, he moved to Maui and married another chiefess from Lahaina. He attended Lahainaluna where he excelled in studies, accepted Christianity and was encouraged to document Hawaiian history and traditions. Appointed the 1st superintendent of schools for Hawaii, he was elected to the 1st House of Representatives in 1842 and was ordained a minister. Assigned to a church in Kula, Maui, he lived there with his 3rd wife.

Leader: Stand up together

Response: Stand and shout


Stand together
Haul with all your might
Under the mighty trees

Response: Stand at intervals

Leader: Stand up among the tall forest trees

Stand at intervals
Stand at intervals and pull
Stand at intervals and haul
Stand in place and haul
Haul branches and all
Haul now
Stand up



Source: Updated translation by Ainsley Halemanu – This chant, shared by Pua Kanaka’ole is from David Malo’s Hawaiian Antiquities and was sung when the great logs for canoes and/or heiau idols were hauled. The spirit of the chant calls for the joining together of people for a single purpose. This was used in the protest march against the Bishop Estate Trustees, May 1997 and the vigils at the State Capitol against the Gathering Rights and Autonomy Bills, Jan/Feb 1998.

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Keoua’s Boys 16

Keoua Boys 16

Keoua’s 16 yr. old boys during the State Championships in Kaneohe, circa 1978. Front row: Kelly Losalio, Dennis Andrade, Byron Kukua, Coach Calvin Kelekolio. Back: Billy Mitchell, David Serafin, Leonard Moses, Jamie Newlon.

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Molokai Hoe ’81

Keoua Molokai Crew '81

This is Keoua’s ’81 Molokai Hoe crew & supporters at Hale o Lono after rigging our canoe, Keoua Elua!

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Hale o Ho’oponopono

Hale o Ho'oponopono

Hale o Ho’oponopono founders & staff, 1975- Renwick “Joe” Tassell, Lloyd Nekoba, Boots Matthews, Eli Nahulu, Dixon Enos, and Herk Kawainui Kane. Along with Tutu Clara Manase, Uncle Abraham and Auntie Lily Moses, Calvin Kelekolio, Andrew and Momi Coito, and others, they were instrumental in forming Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club as an adjunct of the alternative high school in Honaunau Bay. Our young club’s roster was made up of a wide cross-section of the South Kona community- Alu, Hooper, Deguair, Gaspar, Carter, Cho, Kalili, Kiwaha, Alani, Delaries, Naihe, Mitchell, Ku, Pua, Kamoku, Thompson, Cantiberos, Pali, Grace, Esperanza, Shiraki, Crisafi, Kukua, Medeiros, Kaupiko, Leslie, Cordeiro, Spencer, Lindsey, Kahiwa, Sumida, Casuga, McDaniel, Watai, Mokuohai and others were all part of our early Keoua ‘Ohana.

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President’s Thanksgiving Message

Aloha Kakou,

It is now November, and 2013 is winding down rapidly as we approach Thanksgiving, the Christmas holiday season and a new year! We give thanks for all the blessings received, for the health and love of our growing family and friends, for the opportunity to paddle and enjoy the beautiful waters that surround us, for the bounty and abundance of our ‘aina, and for the shared memories and legacy of all the kupuna who came before us and watch over us. We sadly note the passing of two Keouans this year, James Kalili and Nancy Griffith. Our condolences go out to their families and to all those who lost a loved one this year.

Although we may be relatively few in number, our spirit and perseverance will continue to carry us forward in furtherance of our mission: to perpetuate the ancient art and culture of Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling as traditionally practiced in historic Honaunau Bay, and to promote awareness of Hawaiian culture and its preservation and perpetuation.

While competition and “winning” often seem to take the spotlight and command much attention, our true reward is found in the day to day sharing and working together to make Keoua a place where our ‘ohana can gather to restore our energy and develop the strength and determination to face the rigors of our busy and demanding schedules. We are made whole and gain the wisdom of our elders by practicing and embodying the Hawaiian principles of lokahi, ho‘oponopono, malama ‘aina, and, above all, aloha.

So. we look forward to a new year, 2014, hoping to attract and recruit more keiki, malihini and kama‘aina to embark on a journey of rediscovery by restoring our Hale o Ho‘oponopono and our first wa‘a, “Keoua.” While paddling and training become our primary focus, we have a privilege and responsibility, our kuleana, to educate ourselves and others on the rich history and traditions of our ahupua‘a from Ka’u to Kohala, but especially Honaunau.

We would also like to proactively maintain and steward the road between Honaunau and Napo‘opo‘o, which continues to be a dumping ground for tires, appliances and other household waste. This can complement our ongoing and successful HI-5 collection project, which is also in need of volunteers since it’s been a one-man operation for the past several years.

Another project we’ve been involved in and has been flying “under the radar” is the restoration of several ancient coastline trails. For details on how you can get involved, contact Kawika Spaulding or Roy Santana. These are activities that enhance, honor and re-create our cultural landscape for the benefit of our future generations. Working together, we can leave our footprints in the history of our community, much like Keoua’s army in the Ka‘u desert trail.

This coming year, we will again be sponsoring the Louis Kelekolio Memorial OC-1 race on March 1st, our 33rd Annual Mac-A-Thon on Easter Saturday (April 19th) and our 28th Annual Calvin Kelekolio Long Distance race on August 17th, so mark your calendars and get ready for some great competition and camaraderie.

On a final note, our Annual Meeting/Thanksgiving potluck will be on Saturday, November 30th from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Elections to our 2014 Board of Directors will also be held; ballots and more details to follow after November 15th.  So join us in Honaunau for an afternoon to kick off the holiday season and prepare for the New Year!

Mahalo nui loa,

Rafael Ramirez, Keoua President

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Annual Meeting and Thanksgiving Party on November 30

Please join us in giving thanks for another year of paddling! Our annual meeting is coming up at the end of next month, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

We will also be electing our Board of Directors for the 2014 season. Nominations are now open for the nine directors who will steer our club wa’a through our sacred waters, as we strive to protect and preserve our ‘aina and traditions in our kuleana of Honaunau. We encourage members old and new to take an active role in managing the affairs of our club, so if you’re interested in serving on the Board, please let us know before November 15th, 2013, when nominations will be closed. We’ll be posting more information about board eligibility, responsibilities and the election process soon.


Saturday, November 30th, from 12 Noon to 4 p.m.

  • See old and new friends
  • Vote for the 2014 Board of Directors
  • Pay your dues and OC-1 & 2 rack fees for 2014
  • Check out the Keoua shirts and hats for sale; great Christmas gifts!
  • Potluck; please bring a dish to share (we’ll provide the kalua pig)
  • Enjoy the holiday vibes with your Keoua ‘ohana!

See you at the halau!

For more information, contact:

Rafael Ramirez, President @ 808-328-4150


Stephanie Amick, Secretary @ 808-938-3480


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Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau Cultural Festival 2013

Every year, Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club participates in this beautiful cultural event, by providing canoes and steersmen to take visitors out to experience Honaunau Bay from a seat in an outrigger canoe. This short video shows our canoes in action at this year’s event:


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Calvin Kelekolio’s Long Distance Race Results 2013

Apologies for the delay in getting the results up (again). I’d like to give a big mahalo to everyone who came out for our race on Saturday, to all of our Keoua ohana who helped make this race amazing, Leinani from Ka ‘Ohana O Honaunau, and Kona Brewing Company for supporting this event and our paddlers.

Keiki Course (2 Miles)

Overall Club Name, Canoe Name Time Division
1 Keauhou, Makalapua 18:24 Juniors 12-15
2 Kai E Hitu, Ka Maka O Kai Opua 18:35 Juniors 12-15
3 Keauhou, Kina Ole 19:30 Juniors 12-15
4 Keauhou, Helerma 20:09 Juniors 12-15
5 Waikoloa, Naupaka 21:50 Juniors 12-15

Short Course (8 Miles), Women and Mixed

Overall Club Name, Canoe Name Time Division
1 Kai O Pua, Kapili 1:07:02 Unlimited
2 Kawaihae, ‘Uilahae 1:08:40 Open
3 Kai O Pua, Kalanikai 1:10:04 Open
4 Keauhou, Konawaena 1:11:55 Open Mixed
5 Kai O Pua, Kapena Ula 1:12:35 Unlimited
6 Puna, Kalapana 1:12:44 Koa
7 Kawaihae, Lono 1:13:15 Open
8 Kawaihae, Pele Kane 1:13:47 Open
9 Kai E Hitu, Auku’u 1:13:59 Open
10 Keaukaha, Komohana 1:14:18 Open
11 Hui Wa’a O Waiakea, Waiakea 1:14:23 Koa Mixed
12 Keaukaha, Ha’e Ha’e 1:14:50 Open
13 Na Wa’a Hanakahi, Kapuwai 1:15:08 Open Mixed
14 Paddlers of Laka, Pua Ka Ilima 1:15:32 Unlimited
15 Kamehameha, Kekualani 1:15:45 Open
16 Kai O Pua, Kamakahonu 1:15:49 Koa
17 Kai O Pua, A0 1:16:11 Open Mixed
18 Hui Wa’a O Waiakea, no name 1:16:30 Open Mixed
19 Puna, Mahealani 1:17:13 Golden Masters
20 Na Wa’a Hanakahi, Onomea 1:17:49 Open Mixed
21 Keoua, Ka’ahumanu 1:18:05 Koa
22 Kai E Hitu, Papa Kimitete 1:18:11 Open
23 Puna, Vaiti Here ‘Au 1:18:29 Open
24 Paddlers of Laka, Keahi Kane 1:18:42 Open Mixed
25 Keauhou, Kai Pueone 1:18:55 Golden Masters
26 Kawaihae, Kauna’oa 1:19:06 Open
27 Kai O Pua, Kikaha 1:19:14 Open
28 Kai E Hitu, Heipualani 1:19:27 Koa
29 Keauhou, Kealapuali 1:20:00 Masters 40
30 Keauhou, Iolana 1:20:25 Golden Masters
31 Kai O Pua, Lydia Kamaka’eha 1:20:50 Open
32 Waikoloa, Ho’omaluo 1:21:27 Open
33 Kai E Hitu, Makanani 1:21:52 Open
34 Puna, Pohoiki 1:23:56 Masters 40
35 Waikoloa, Makani I Ke Kai 1:25:06 Unlimited
36 Keaukaha, Keaukaha 1:28:48 Open Mixed
37 Keoua, Alealea 1:30:23 Koa Mixed
38 Kawaihae, Pali Kapu O Keoua 1:31:31 Golden Masters

Long Course (12 miles), Men

Overall Club Name, Canoe Name Time Division
1 Keauhou, Olamau 1:12:43 Open
2 Paddlers of Laka, Pua Ka Ilima 1:12:53 Unlimited
3 Puna, Kapili 1:13:36 Unlimited
4 Kai O Pua, Keokea 1:14:42 Open
5 Keauhou, Malolo Nui 1:15:25 Unlimited
6 Keaukaha, Ha’e Ha’e 1:16:00 Open
7 Kai E Hitu, Pele Nake 1:16:27 Open
8 Keauhou, Au Kuu 1:16:48 Masters 40
9 Kai O Pua, Kapena’ula 1:17:16 Unlimited
10 Puna, Mahealani 1:17:31 Open
11 Keaukaha, Luaehu 1:18:05 Open
12 Keauhou, Mauloa 1:18:32 Open
13 Paddlers of Laka, Lono 1:18:48 Masters 40
14 Keoua, Alealea 1:19:50 Koa
15 Kamehameha, Kekualani 1:20:01 Open
16 Kai E Hitu, Heipualani 1:20:03 Koa
17 Kai O Pua, Kamaka Honu 1:20:13 Koa
18 Kai O Pua, Lydia 1:21:25 Masters 40
19 Kai O Pua, Kikaha 1:22:06 Masters 40
20 Kai O Pua, A0 1:22:29 Masters 40
21 Waikoloa, Ho’omaluo 1:22:41 Open
22 Keauhou, Kai’pueone 1:23:01 Open
23 Keaukaha, Komohana 1:23:31 Open
24 Kai O Pua, Kina’ole 1:23:40 Open
25 Kai E Hitu, Makalapua 1:24:44 Open
26 Kai E Hitu, Papa Kimitete 1:26:42 Masters 40
27 Kai O Pua, Kalanikai 1:27:50 Open
28 Kamehameha,  Holonakaiakea 1:28:48 Koa
29 Keoua, Pali Kapu O Keoua 1:29:17 Golden Masters
30 Keauhou, Kealapuali 1:29:20 Golden Masters
31 Kai E Hitu, Makanani 1:29:54 Masters 40
32 Kai O Pua, Ka Maka O Kai O Pua 1:31:26 Golden Masters
33 Kona Athletics, Ka’ahumanu 1:32:12 Koa
34 Keaukaha, Keaukaha 1:35:11 Open
35 Paddlers of Laka, Kealii Kano 1:41:28 Golden Masters
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