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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Ka'iwi Channel Swimmers Association Grows

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Bill Goding and Linda Kaiser started the Ka'iwi Channel Swimmers Association and are offering certificates to all 28 of the past successful swimmers of the 26-mile Molokai Channel.

"We have a Molokai (Ka'iwi) Channel Swim website that will answer most of the questions including how to get to Molokai, where to stay, taxi service, and escort boat captains. The Oceans Seven has really put the Ka'iwi Channel in a spotlight," explains Kaiser. "We know how much it costs to get here and to cross the channel. We are hoping with the help of the Ka'iwi Channel Swimmers Association, to make the entire process enjoyable, less stressful and successful."

The Moloka'i Channel (also known as the Kaiwi Channel or the Channel of Bones) separates the islands of O'ahu and Molokaʻi in the State of Hawaii. The nearly always rough channel is 42 kilometers (26 miles wide) with an abundance of marine life.

Members of the Ka'iwi Channel Swimmers Association include:

1. 1961 - Keo Nakama (age 40), finished in Hanauma Bay, 15 hours 30 minutes
2. 1967 - Harry Huffaker (27), 13:35
3. 1972 - Harry Huffaker (32) from Oahu to Molokai, 16:15
4. 1974 - Jonathan Ezer (18), 13:04
5. 1979 - Michael Miller (25), 16:50
6. 1979 - Ian Emberson (28), 16:50
7. 1994 - Robin Isayama (26) first female, 15:21
8. 2006 - Forrest Nelson (40) from Oahu to Molokai, 16:36
9. 2006 - Forrest Nelson (41), 15:55
10. 2006 - Bill Goding (53), 15:55
11. 2007 - Mike Spalding (60), finished in Hanauma Bay, 15:15
12. 2007 - Kelly Gleason (32), finished in Hanauma Bay, 15:15
13. 2007 - Linda Kaiser (57), 15:00
14. 2009 - Mackenzie Miller (19), 14:52
15. 2010 - Chris Palfrey (52), 12:53
16. 2011 - Tina Neill, 17:17
17. 2011 - Forrest Nelson, 17:17
18. 2011 - Darren Miller (28), 12:12
19. 2011 - Michelle Macy, 14:12
20. 2011 - Anna-Carin Nordin, 18:22
21. 2011 - Samantha Simon, 13:41
22. 2011 - Penny Palfrey (49), 12:07
23. 2012 - Stephen Redmond (46), finished at China Walls in Maunalua Bay, 22:30
24. 2012 - Adam Walker, finished near Diamond Head volcano, 17:01
25. 2012 - Michael Ventre, finished at China Walls in Maunalua Bay, 22:30
26. 2012 - Kathleen Wilson, 20:49
27. 2012 - Oliver Wilkinson, 13:05
28. 2012 - Kim Chambers, finished at China Walls in Maunalua Bay, 19:27
29. 2012 - Beth French (35), 24:10
30. 2013 - Leahi Camacho (17), 14:43
31. 2013 - Katie Benoit, 18:00

Photo above shows Mackenzie Miller finishing on Sandy Beach on Oahu after crossing the Channel of Bones.

The Molokai (Ka'iwi) Channel Swim website is here.

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