Kona Aquatics is very excited about hosting our 23rd Annual King’s Swim, a 1.2-mile ocean swim here at the Kona pier this Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Our race is held to honor King Kamehameha the Great, and it finishes at Kamakahonu Beach where he once lived. Last year’s King’s Swim saw 236 participants finish the race, ranging in age from seven to 79 years of age.
We have fifteen age divisions for both males and females, and awards are given to the top three finishers in each age group. The age divisions are: 10 and under, 11-14, 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, and 75 and over. Our goal has always been to keep the entry fee at only $15 per swimmer, and so we ask for sponsorships for each division. The $100 sponsorships help to cover all the expenses necessary to put on this first class race: awards, insurance, hospitality, and also to provide assistance for those who are unable to afford the entry fee.
Kona Aquatics age group and masters swim teams now have about 140 total members. Our Masters program is very likely the most “dropped in” Masters workout in the World, averaging three visiting swimmers per workout. The age group team starts swimmers as young as age seven, and prepares them to compete at the high school level, with many competitions along the way. A great number of Kealakehe High School swim team boys and girls grew up with and continue to swim for Kona Aquatics. We are very proud to have several of our kids go on to swim at the college level: Madison Hauanio, Leahi Comacho, Cara Jernigan, and Katie Jefferson are few of our recent graduates who are continuing their aquatic careers.
We at Kona Aquatics appreciate your contribution, and, as always, your sponsorship will be announced during the event. A check payable to Kona Aquatics may be mailed, or handed, to me, Eric, or Kristen. Mahalo nui for your consideration and support. Wishing you a wonderful year!