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First Keiki Surf Meet of the Summer

Photo Courtesy Minka Nelson.

Community Contributed

Ko Molokai Keiki `O Ke Kai News Release

The first surf meet of Ko Molokai Keiki `O Ke Kai had 44 surfers ages 2 to 13. They surfed their way through the day with a rising tide, light trade winds and the sun shining. Great surfing tricks were displayed by the opi`o; switch-foot, the coffin, nose rides and the stinkbug. Ohana and friends helped the kids catch the best waves and after the ride, get back out to catch another. Lots of families stayed to enjoy a surf session with the kids at the end of the day, either watching from the beach or out in the water.

For the past 23 years, Molokai Community Service Council, volunteers and parents, local merchants, the Waialua ohana and surf companies across the Hawaiian Islands and mainland have given their love, support and donations to make this event happen. We want to thank all of you for your efforts!

The next surf meet will be on June 23 and it’s not too late to join the fun. Children who were age 12 or younger as of Jan. 1, 2012 can participate (if you turned 13 after Jan. 1, 2012, you can still join). All skill levels welcome from beginner to expert.

The last meet of the summer, with potluck pa`ina and awards ceremony afterwards, will be held July 7. We’d like to ask everyone who has a Keiki Surf shirt to please wear it to the last meet, so we can take a group photo. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. and the meets begin at 10:30 a.m. Call 558-8110 for more info.

We hope to see all you keiki surfers there! Thank you again to the Molokai community and to Friendly Isle United Fund for continued support of Ko Molokai Keiki O Ke Kai Summer Surf Series.


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