World Outrigger Sprint Championships

Kai-Wai or Kaiwai is the name of an outrigger canoe paddling team which will represent Fiji in the world championships in Hamilton New Zealand next month. So far three Fiji teams have qualified, Kaiwai women and men's teams, and the Takia II women. Fiji is hoping to send a total of seven teams.

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Kai-Wai paddlers during the Fiji Outrigger Canoe Raccing Association sprints competition at Suva harbour February 11th. -Fiji Times photo.

Kai is Fijian for "inhabitant of" and Wai means "water", just as it does in Hawaiian, so Kaiwai is an appropriate name for these paddlers. The team name 'Takia II' is from a type of Fijian outrigger with sail.

This will be the first time Fiji has been represented at the world level. Tahiti hold the championship at present, with Hawaii and New Zealand hot competetitors. Officially called the "Waka Ama IVF Va’a World Sprint Champs 2006", it will run for five full days from March 21-26. Some three thousand paddlers are expected at the meet.

Go Fiji!


Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Just a short note because we are on dial-up and someone has an urgent phone call. We have two homes- Labasa and in Australia. Okay? Currently in Geelong, Australia.

Pandabonium said...

Sorry about that. Thanks for the clarification. I'll correct my post.

Wuching said...

i take it u were born in fiji? i've enjoyed ur blog, will bookmark & come back again! :)

Pandabonium said...

Thanks Wuching!

I was born in California, lived 28 years in Hawaii, vacationed in Japan and Fiji many years and will move to Fiji next year. Living in Japan for now.

Please do come again. I'll be visiting your blog too - wuching.blogspot.com

@ロウ 。LOW@ said...

Some thought struck me: Fijian was trained by the mother nature, tied to the water since they were borned.

It's only natural if they won. They might lost a championship today - - they are winning everyday, anyway!

Pandabonium said...

@low@ - they are of the water, that's true of the Fijian paddlers, but also true of the others. Fiji is a great place so in that sense you are right, they are winning every day.