On Sunday, Nov. 19, the fifth annual Ka Iwi Coast Run and Walk wound its way down Kalanianaole Highway from Sandy Beach to Maunalua Bay, spanning a length of four miles. The run is an opportunity to experience scenic views along the Ka Iwi Coast, particularly when much of it is bordered by roadways.
As in previous years, the Ka Iwi Run and Walk was free for 39 graduating seniors at Kaiser High, who were entered into a separate race category. Livable Hawaii Kai Hui plans to extend the event to future graduating classes to promote youth involvement in community activities and environmental stewardship. The funds raised from the run went to the Hui Nalu Canoe Club to finance their goal of providing educational opportunities about ocean-oriented activities, such as paddling and surfing, to strengthen community relationships.
The race began at 6:45 a.m., after an oli (Hawaiian chant). In past years, runners had to weave around slower participants on the course; this year they were given start line priority, with walkers trailing behind.
Senior Dylan Yamamoto finished first with a total time of 24:29. Runners up were senior Robert Scarlett with 29:39, and senior Jake Imanaka with 30:44. In the general divisions, other Kaiser students excelled as well. Junior Gabriel Tom, (22:47) took first place overall. “Going into the race, I knew that the course had a few hills which were going to be at the start as we went from Sandy Beach to the entrance to Hanauma Bay, so I started training about 50-60 miles a week with a special focus on being able to power the hills through,” said Tom. “For the last mile you run back along Kalanianaole Highway until you reach the Maunalua Bay Boat Ramp where the finish is, so I had to also make sure I had good leg speed to close the last mile of the race while training as well.”
With the successful turnout this year, Hui Nalu and Livable Hawaii Kai Hui are already looking to organize next year’s run, and are hoping to maintain an event that has become a highly-anticipated community tradition for years to come.