First Woman to Cross Moloka`i

Date: Sun, 16 Mar 1997 00:25:55 -0600 (CST)
From: (Kathie Dunn)
Subject: First Woman to Cross Moloka`i

In keeping with Ted's thread,

This is a bit of trivia. It is well documented that women fought for the right to have a race and cross the Moloka`i channel. What is forgotten (and has since been banned) is the fact that a woman made the crossing in 1979.

Her name was Sue Holloway. She is (I think) one of the current Canadian Olympic women's coaches. Sue paddled for the open crew from Imua Canoe Club of Newport Beach, California as Dennis Campbell, head coach, felt that she was as capable as any male paddler he had.

As to the race result, that crew with Sue placed third, so, there is a woman in the world with a medal for the men's Moloka`i race.

Since then, we have heard that a team recently (2 years ago?) paddled the Moloka`i channel men's race with a woman (I believe it was Hanalei, forgive me if I'm wrong) and was either banned or disqualified from competing the following year. However, as you can see, Sue competed on a level with the men all the way back in 1979.

Here's another one to add to your archive, Ted!

Kathie Dunn
Imua Outrigger Canoe Club

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