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<p>Paddlers line up for the Olamau canoe race. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PETE HENDRICKS)</p>

Paddlers line up for the Olamau canoe race. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PETE HENDRICKS)

<p>Paddlers battle a tricky launch at the Olamau canoe race. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PETE HENDRICKS)</p>

Paddlers battle a tricky launch at the Olamau canoe race. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PETE HENDRICKS)

<p>Racers take off during the three-day Olamau canoe race. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PETE HENDRICKS)</p>

Racers take off during the three-day Olamau canoe race. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PETE HENDRICKS)

<p>Anna Mathiesen from Kailua, Oahu, and captain of the canoe, Hanaiakamalama, sports a yellow jersey signifying their team is the leading ladies team in the Olamau Canoe race as it departs from Kawaihae in the third leg of a three-day event. (PHOTO BY JOCK GOODMAN| SPECIAL TO NHN)</p>

Anna Mathiesen from Kailua, Oahu, and captain of the canoe, Hanaiakamalama, sports a yellow jersey signifying their team is the leading ladies team in the Olamau Canoe race as it departs from Kawaihae in the third leg of a three-day event. (PHOTO BY JOCK GOODMAN| SPECIAL TO NHN)

<p>Kahu Billy Mitchell blesses the canoes before the start of the second leg of a three-day race around Hawaii Island. The race covers more than 100 miles and there are $50,000 in prize money at stake. Paddlers launched from Kawaihae Friday morning on their way to a team switch and then on to Kona. (PHOTO BY JOCK GOODMAN| SPECIAL TO NHN)</p>

Kahu Billy Mitchell blesses the canoes before the start of the second leg of a three-day race around Hawaii Island. The race covers more than 100 miles and there are $50,000 in prize money at stake. Paddlers launched from Kawaihae Friday morning on their way to a team switch and then on to Kona. (PHOTO BY JOCK GOODMAN| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Sixteen teams, 100 miles and $50,000 makes for a great canoe race. Paddlers start just outside of Kawaihae Harbor on the final day of the Olamau Canoe race from Lapahoehoe to Kailua-Kona, June 12-14. Paddlers from Tahiti, Hawaii, and the western U.S. mainland, battled strong winds, dehydration, sunburn and muscle ache for most of the race. But when they finished, all of that was forgotten at the celebration and awards party. (PHOTO BY JOCK GOODMAN| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Kahu Billy Mitchell blesses the canoes before the start of the second leg of a three-day race around Hawaii Island. The race covers more than 100 miles and there are $50,000 in prize money at stake. Paddlers launched from Kawaihae Friday morning on their way to a team switch and then on to Kona. (PHOTO BY JOCK GOODMAN| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Paddlers line up for the Olamau canoe race. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PETE HENDRICKS)

Paddlers battle a tricky launch at the Olamau canoe race. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PETE HENDRICKS)

Anna Mathiesen from Kailua, Oahu, and captain of the canoe, Hanaiakamalama, sports a yellow jersey signifying their team is the leading ladies team in the Olamau Canoe race as it departs from Kawaihae in the third leg of a three-day event. (PHOTO BY JOCK GOODMAN| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Racers take off during the three-day Olamau canoe race. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PETE HENDRICKS)