City, sailing canoe association reach agreement on storing canoes at Waimanalo Beach

That race will finally happen on Sunday, even if organizers don’t have a certain permit from the city.
Published: Jun. 2, 2022 at 9:52 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 3, 2022 at 2:11 PM HST
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WAIMANALO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Not only is the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association’s race on for Sunday -- the group will also be able to store the canoes at Waimanalo Beach Park.

The city Parks and Recreation Department announced Friday that canoes will be able to arrive at the park Sunday and then depart on July 9, when the association’s next set of races is scheduled to begin.

It’s been two years since the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association has held an annual race that begins on Maui and ends at Waimanalo Beach.

Organizers originally were denied a permit to store the wa’a at Waimanalo Beach Park.

“We submitted our permits three months in advance of our event like we’re supposed to, but only recently we were contacted and they told us that they denied our permit to store the canoes on the beach in Waimanalo,” said association president Ikaika Kincaid.

Seven canoes are scheduled to sail from Kaanapali, Maui, to Windward Oahu. They’d rather focus on the trade winds that they hope will propel them 72 miles, using sails just like the early Hawaiians.

“It took me back 200 years seeing these sails,” said association co-founder Jimmy Kincaid, recalling the first race in 1987 from Pokai Bay on Oahu to Nawiliwili, Kauai. “I was like, we could be like in 1700 right now, sailing the island chain. I couldn’t believe it, I get chicken skin.”

The association said the city originally told them there wasn’t enough room, even though the beach stretches several miles.

The parks department said it will work with the Kincaids to determine the best place on the beach to store the canoes for five weeks.

The association web site shows that the canoes are scheduled to sail from Waimanalo to Kahana on July 9, and Kahana to Haleiwa the following day. They’re then scheduled to rig at Haleiwa on Aug. 19 before sailing to Nawiliwili, Kauai, on Aug. 20.

“We want to land in Waimanalo Beach Park,” said Ikaika Kincaid. “Well, the race is already scheduled. We’re heading into Waimanalo.”

“If they can step up and say, hey, let’s help these guys perpetuate the Hawaiian lifestyle, a Hawaiian cultural event,” said Jimmy Kincaid.

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