Pa'a Eono Hoe 2011
Distance: 32 Miles
Team members: Tayte Brock, Sarah Gilman, Nohea Hirahara, Anna Mathisen, Kehau Lau, Maggie Twigg-Smith. Support team: Matt Cairnes, Safety team: Ivan Shigaki.
The first Iron 2 day back to back channel crossing race Leg 1, Maui to Molokai, followed by Molokai to Oahu. Got to be in it to win it - We were the only women's team to follow the format of the race, proud to step up to the challenge. It set the tone for what was to come 2 years later in the 2012 inaguraul Olamau Race....
Report By: Nohealani Hirahara
"The alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. and in darkness I rolled out of my makeshift bed, a loose collection of throw pillows and lawn furniture pads held together by an old quilt.
I wasn't alone. Several of us slept on the floor that night, the result of booking one of the few rooms on one of Hawaii's least-populated islands, and as I started cracking eggs in the kitchen, their eyes slowly cracked open, as the six of us realized that we had 32 more miles of 30-knot driven seas between us and our homes on Oahu.
With that realization dawning on our collective minds, the lights were on and the room was abuzz as we all moved into our pre-race routines - gear checks, water top offs, powder mixing and me in the kitchen throwing together my personal favorite pre-race supplement: scrambled eggs, which I shortly found (much to the chagrin of Anna) that one should NOT make eggs using PAM!
While the day started early, it would not end that way. After working out the logistics of the start, officials agreed on a Lemans-style beach launch and with the blow of the horn cutting through the wind, were off into the channel to face a grueling channel with heavy water and deep troughs. Five hours, eleven minutes and eight seconds after we pushed off the sands at Kaluakoi, we crossed the finish line in Maunalua Bay. Exhausted, I thought #%*@ that, I'm never going to do that again . . . or at least not until next year. "