Honolulu (HawaiiNewsNow) - The girls paddling team at Ânuenue Hawaiian immersion school has won six OIA Championship titles over the past seven years. Competing in an association dominated by ILH schools, in a school sport that offers no college prospects, these girls tell us why they paddle. Amy Kalili has more.
The team made their fifth appearance at the state finals this year after a close second place finish last year behind Punahou.
ʻO ka lima kçia o ko lâkou heihei mokuʻâina a ua eo iki aʻe ka lanakila iâ Punahou i kçlâ makahiki aku nei a koe ana ke kûlana ʻelua i ko Ânuenue.
"You know we expect the big schools to be the competition," said Reggie Keaunui, Kaʻi, Hui Hoewaʻa o Ânuenue.
ʻO ia mau kula nui ana nâ hoa paio nui.
But on race day, it wasn't the competition they were worried about, it was one of their own. Powerhouse Kalaʻi Madrona was nursing an injured shoulder.
Ma ka lâ heihei nô naʻe, ma kahi o ka hoa paio, ʻo kahi hoa kime hoʻi ka mea e noʻonoʻo nui ʻia ana ʻoiai ua hôʻeha ʻia ke poʻohiwi o kahi lâlâ kime ikaika loa ʻo Kalaʻi Madrona.
After helping her team in the division race, Kalaʻi was carried off in pain. Tears turned to joy however after capturing another OIA championship.
Ma hope o ka ʻimi lanakila ʻana ma ka heihei hope o ka OIA, ua pono e hâpai ʻia ʻo Kalaʻi mai ka waʻa aku me ke kulu o ka waimaka i ka ʻeha. Ua lilo nô naʻe i ka hauʻoli ma hope ʻoiai ua eo hou ka lanakila nui o ka OIA iâ lâkou.
"It means a lot to me because we work really hard," said Kahau Keliʻi, Hoewaʻa o Ânuenue.
Mea nui nô ʻoiai ua nui ka hoʻoikaika ʻana.
This was Ânuenue's sixth OIA championship title in seven years. Keys to success?
ʻO ka ʻeono kçia o ko Ânuenue lanakila ma ka heihei OIA i loko o ka ʻehiku makahiki. Pehea lâ?
"The effort they put out, and just the way they feel about paddling, wanting to be here and wanting to do what we ask of them, I think that has a lot to do with it," said Keaunui.
ʻO ka paʻu mau ʻana me ke aloha nui i ka hoewaʻa me ka hoʻolohe pono a hoʻokô.
Ânuenue is the only Hawaiian immersion school in the state competing in high school sports, and the girls paddling crew is the school's strong winner.
ʻO Ânuenue ke kula kaiapuni hoʻokahi e komo ana i nâ haʻuki kula kiʻekiʻe a ʻo ke kime hoewaʻa kaikamahine ke kime nui o ka lanakila no ke kula.
"The whole school is proud of the paddlers and how well they have done," said Lâpule Schulz, Hope Hoʻolaukaʻi Haʻuki, Kula Kaiapuni o Ânuenue.
Ma muli o ka maikaʻi ka holo pono o nâ keiki, nâ ʻâlapa hoe waʻa, haʻaheo ke kula holoʻokoʻa i nâ keiki. Haʻaheo nâ keiki i ke kula.
At States, the girls fell out of competition for the final rice by a fraction of a second, ending this year's season.
Ma ka hoʻokûkû mokuʻâina, ua eo iâ haʻi kekahi heihei ma ka hapa kekona wale nô a me kçlâ i pau ai ko Ânuenue ʻimi ʻana o kçia makahiki.
And they do have a lot to be proud of: the only immersion team in the state, the one sport in the school to hold numerous division titles, and crew with the most wins in the OIA.
A he mau kumu nô e haʻaheo ai. ʻO lâkou wale nô kai kime hoʻokûkû kula kiʻekiʻe kaiapuni. ʻO kâ lâkou ke kime nui o ka lanakila o ke kula, a ʻo lâkou ke kime nui o ka lanakila o ka OIA holoʻokoʻa.
"It's all about heart, and we love it. And it's our life, that's all we do six days a week is practice, practice," said Keliʻi.
He pili i ke aloha i kçia. He nohona a ʻo ia kâ mâkou hana mau, he hoʻomaʻamaʻa a hoʻomaʻamaʻa.
ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now.
Original Airdate 2/11/2010
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