What’s Up On Spectrum OC16 In October
Five Things To Know
We’re halfway through the fall season and a lot has developed around the state. Here are five
things to know and five things to watch out for in October.
Saint Louis is dominant as ever. The Crusaders are ranked in the top 15 in the country and have
averaged 42 points per game this season.
Moanalua has won their first five games of the season. It’s the first 5-0 start for Na Menehune
in school history.
Mililani quarterback Dillon Gabriel became the state’s all-time career passing yardage leader (8,201 – HPW)
The defending girls state volleyball champions from Kamehameha are one of only six remaining
unbeaten teams in the state (Damien, Le Jardin, Mililani, King Kekaulike, KS-Hawaii)
Campbell’s Sky Lactaoen leads all running backs in the state with 610 yards, and six touchdowns.
The OIA Football and Girls Volleyball playoffs are just around the corner. Catch all the action on
Spectrum OC16 and Spectrum XCast!
For more info log on to oc16.tv.
The 66th Annual Hawaiian Airlines Moloka’i Hoe
On Sunday, October 7th, over a thousand canoe paddlers will assemble on the shore of Hale O
Lono Harbor on the southern coast of Moloka’i. What lies before them is a 40 mile trek across
one of the world’s most treacherous channels towards the finish line at Dukes Beach at the Hilton
Hawaiian Village on Oahu. Welcome to world’s premiere outrigger canoe race, the Moloka’i Hoe.
This year marks the fifth year that Spectrum OC16 will bring you exclusive LIVE coverage of the
event. Alex Reinprecht, producer of Ocean Paddler TV, Hawaiian Xtreme Sports and What SUP,
will once again produce the broadcast with live coverage from the beginning to the end of race,
starting at 7:30am. To pull off a broadcast of this magnitude is an incredibly daunting task,
given the fact that the race spans two islands, necessitates communication with a crew of over
30 people, requires the transport of wireless video and audio signals from the race course and
lso the long duration of the live broadcast – six and a half hours. To achieve the breathtaking
visuals you see on the telecast, there will be seven live cameras set up on Moloka’i and Oahu,
with additional cameras on helicopters to provide aerial footage of the canoes while they cross
the channel. And there’s no one more qualified than Alex to oversee this broadcast. This is
actually his second Moloka’i to Oahu race in less than a month. He is also producing the
“Na Wahine O Ke Kai” broadcast special that airs on October 16th.
When asked about what makes this project rewarding to him, Alex shares that he is always
happy to hear from paddlers around the state and aroundthe world who have viewing parties
to watch the race from their homes and various public venues. To know that the broadcast is
bringing people together and giving them joy helps to make all of his efforts worthwhile.
LIVE coverage of the 66th annual “Hawaiian Airlines Moloka’i Hoe” airs on Sunday, October
7th at 7:30am.
Celebrating 40 Years Of Passion For Paddling
This October, Spectrum OC16 brings you coverage of the “Hawaiian Airlines Na Wahine O Ke
Kai”. This year, the event celebrates its 40th anniversary, as women from around the world
will gather to race their outrigger canoes across the Ka’iwi Channel bridging Molokai and
Oahu. Crews of 10-12 paddlers per team battle the open ocean for five to six hours, traversing
the 41 miles between islands.
The rich history of the event started back in 1954 as the brainchild of the Waikiki Surf Club’s
Senior Women who sought to create a women’s event to mirror the men’s Molokai to Oahu
Canoe Race that had its initial running just two years prior. Despite resistance from the
canoe paddling community, who considered the course too difficult for women, the
persistence of Hannie Anderson, Leinani Faria and others convinced officials to allow
women to take on the Ka’iwi Channel in a race of their own. October 1975 marked the first
unofficial crossing of the channel by two all-female crews. Four years later, on October 15,
1975 the Na Wahine O Ke Kai was born, as the first “official” crossing of the channel by
women. The name, fittingly, means “Women of the Sea”.
Another notable feature of this year’s event is the inclusion, for the second year, of a Junior
Division comprised of women 16-19 years of age. Veteran paddlers have expressed
enthusiasm for the addition, ensuring a new generation of women who will carry the torch
of canoe paddling well into the 21st Century to perpetuate the sport for years to come.
The 40th Anniversary of the “Hawaiian Airlines Na Wahine O Ke Kai” premieres
Tuesday, October 16th at 8pm.
The Brave And The Beautiful
This month, “Ocean Paddler TV” takes to the water with the bravest of them all for the Na
Koa Wounded Warrior Regatta.
Join paddlers from all branches of the military and other organizations as they gather at
Waikiki Beach for a day of competition, all to help honor and support our wounded
service men and women, their families, and the families of our fallen.
Then, Kauai’s beautiful coastline serves as the backdrop for the Kauai Outrigger
Association’s Na Pali Challenge. Watch as both men and women come together for this
unique race from the Garden Isle.
Catch all the action on “Ocean Paddler TV”, premiering Tuesday, October 2 at 8:00pm.
Hula In The Spotlight
“Brown Bags To Stardom” will be highlighting two new programs offered to local young
women: The Hula Girl Festival and Miss Hula Teen Hawaii Pageant.
In November, the Hula Girl Festival will welcome hula dancers from around the world
for three days of educational and cultural seminars, classes and performances.
Coinciding with the festival is the sign up for the Miss Hula Teen Hawaii Pageant
which is open to high school students, ages 14 to 18. Contestants will be judged on their
‘auana, interview, community service projects and more.
To find out more about these two events, check out “Brown Bags To Stardom”,
Wednesday, October 3 at 7:00pm.