What's Happened: Waka Ama in Hawaii

Congrats to the Waka Ama team for winning gold in the OC4 relay race in Hawaii!

The Engineering Eagles won the University's annual Great Waka Ama Race for the third consecutive year, earning the coveted expenses-paid trip to compete in Hawaii.

The team headed out to Hawaii for the world's largest outrigger canoe race, the Queen Lili’uokalani Memorial race on the 29 August. There paddled 30km in open water and the unforgiving heat off the coast of Kona, as well as competing in relay sprints. 

The team was strong straight out of the gates by winning gold in their first race, the OC4 relay race. The team also did great in the long ditance mixed open OC6, placing 3rd and 5th place in the OC12. 

During the International Paddlers Dinner in Hawaii, the team performed an amazing waiata and haka for all of the competitors. For the full video, check it out on the Sport Facebook. 

Before the team left, they discussed their upcoming trip on the NZ Herald's ANZ Sports Scene