Skippy Kamakawiwo`ole Race
Ko `Olina Skippy Kamakawiwo`ole
Long Distance Canoe Race
Size: 10″ wide 4″ high
This trophy was won by the Outrigger Canoe Club in the 2001 Skippy Kamakawiwo`ole Race. The race on September 16, 2001 was a coming out party for the newly renovated Kakina. Over the previous year, an effort was made to return the Kakina to her former glory. Originally built in 1935 on the Big Island, master craftsmen Joe Quigg and Domie Gose were enlisted to bring the Kakina to state of the art. As a poignant statement of her singular beauty, the Kakina was the only koa entry in the 32 mile course from Maunalua Bay to the Ko Olina Marina. The winning crew was: Jeff Brown, Bret Chuckovich, Tommy Damon, Will Estes, John Eveleth, Craig Gamble, Byron Ho, Billy Philpotts and David Stackhouse. The crew finished 10th overall and first in koa.