The world-renowned Na Wahine O Ke Kai women’s canoe paddling race from Molokai to Oahu, which was scheduled for Sunday, was canceled for the first time in 35 years, reports KHON Channel 2 in Honolulu. Organizers canceled the race Saturday afternoon, due to a small craft advisory for the Ka Iwi Channel and a forecast calling for winds of 30 knots, 13-foot seas and heavy rain.
Officials may have been influenced by the 2012 race, where a dozen canoes capsized as they bucked heavy surf on the way to the starting line. (See video above.)
The annual race from the island of Molokai to Waikiki beach on Oahu is considered the unofficial world championship for women’s outrigger canoeing. The Molokai Hoe men’s race is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 11.
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