The sport of swimming originally started in the 1800s. Two centuries later, swimming is still going strong, especially in Hawaii. No wonder; the 50th state in the U.S. is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and is the home of surfing.
The Mokihana Aquatics Club is a local swim club on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. For the past two years, Mokihana has held a swimming competition called the “Kahu Kai Fastest Swimmer Competition and Fun Meet.” (side note: “Kai” means “ocean” in the Native Hawaiian language) This year marks the third time Mokihana has hosted this competition, which has grown in popularity each year.
This year, the Kahu Kai Fastest Swimmer Competition and Fun Meet will be happening at the Kauai High School’s swimming pool. The competition will be taking place on August 18th and August 19th at 9:30am and 9:00am, respectively.
Kauai High School is one of the island’s three public high schools. It is located at 3577 Lala Road, Lihue, HI, 96766. Their phone number is 274-3160 (area code 808). The swimming pool is normally closed to the public.
The swimming competition is known for featuring some of the island’s best swimming talent. For example, the island of Kauai’s six fastest swimmers attended last year’s competition in 2006. This year, even more are expected to be competing for the $500 price that is awarded to the first-, second- and third-place competitors.
Mokihana Aquatics Club’s swim meet is open to any swimmer on Kauai. Elegible racers swim 50 yards.
Swimming is the exercise of choice for many athletes, partly because of its low-impact stress on joints (especially when compared to other exercises, like running or jogging). It is an excellent aerobic workout, except for short bursts like these competitions which often fall under the anaerobic category.
The Mokihana swim club is a non-profit organization that falls under the USA Swimming umbrella organization. Besides the annual swim meets, Mokihana Aquatics also holds regular swimming classes for both beginners and those who wish to swim on the competitive level. In the past, they have also done events with high-level swimmers from prestigious teams, including Olympic-class athletes.
Because Mokihana Aquatics Club is a non-profit, they are regularly holding fundraisers to raise money for their club and its events. The Fun Meet on the 19th of August is one of those fundraisers. Other fundraisers include selling Christmas trees in December, with club members soliciting sales from friends, family and the Kauai community. They are also heavily involved in non-swimming-related events, such as cleaning the beaches of Kauai and volunteering at the annual Taste of Kauai event.
Mokihana Aquatics Club can be contacted at PO Box 1996, Lihue, HI, 92766 and via telephone at 821-0587 (area code 808). Their email is firstname.lastname@example.org.