Check out our new site at openwaterswimming.com

Molokai Channel Swimmers

From Openwaterpedia
Harry Huffaker on Sandy Beach on Oahu after swimming across the Molokai Channel in September 1967 in 13 hours 15 minutes with his paddlers
Mackenzie Miller finishing on Sandy Beach on Oahu after crossing the Channel of Bones
Steve Haumschild (paddler) with Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González on 22 March 2016 after a 23 hour 18 minute crossing of the Molokai Channel and paddler Jeff Kozlovich on Sandy Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

The Moloka'i Channel (also known as the Kaiwi Channel or the Channel of Bones) separates the islands of O'ahu and Molokaʻi in the State of Hawaii. The nearly always rough channel is 42 kilometers (26 miles wide) with an abundance of marine life. Its maximum depth is 2300 feet (701 meters).

There are annual paddle boarding and outrigger canoe paddling contests which traverse this channel and it is considered one of the most difficult swimming channels in the world.

The Molokai Channel has a lot to challenge the marathon swimmer...of all ages.

Molokai Channel Swimmer List[edit]

The individuals who has successfully swum across the Molokai Channel include these Molokai Channel Swimmers who are members of the Ka'iwi Channel Swimmers Association:

1. 1961 - Keo Nakama (age 40), finishing in Hanauma Bay on Oahu, 15 hours 30 minutes
2. 1967 - Harry Huffaker (27), 13 hours 35 minutes
3. 1972 - Harry Huffaker (32) from Oahu to Molokai, 16 hours 15 minutes
4. 1974 - Jonathan Ezer (18), 13 hours 4 minutes
5. 1979 - Michael Miller (25), 16 hours 50 minutes
6. 1979 - Ian Emberson (28), 16 hours 50 minutes
7. 1994 - Robin Isayama (26) first female, 15 hours 21 minutes
8. 2006 - Forrest Nelson (40) from Oahu to Molokai, 16 hours 36 minutes
9. 2006 - Forrest Nelson (41), 15 hours 55 minutes
10. 2006 - Bill Goding (53), 15 hours 55 minutes
11. 2007 - Mike Spalding (60), finishing in Hanauma Bay on Oahu, 15 hours 15 minutes
12. 2007 - Kelly Gleason (32), finishing in Hanauma Bay on Oahu, 15 hours 15 minutes
13. 2007 - Linda Kaiser (57), 15 hours 0 minutes
14. 2009 - Mackenzie Miller (18), 14 hours 52 minutes
15. 2010 - Chris Palfrey (52), 12 hours 53 minutes
16. 2011 - Tina Neill (45), 17 hours 17 minutes
17. 2011 - Forrest Nelson (46), 17 hours 17 minutes
18. 2011 - Darren Miller (28), 12 hours 12 minutes
19. 2011 - Michelle Macy (34), 14 hours 12 minutes
20. 2011 - Anna-Carin Nordin (40), 18 hours 22 minutes
21. 2011 - Samantha Simon (21), 13 hours 41 minutes
22. 2011 - Penny Palfrey (49), 12 hours 7 minutes
23. 2012 - Stephen Redmond (46), finishing at China Walls in Maunalua Bay on Oahu, 22 hours 30 minutes
24. 2012 - Adam Walker (34), finishing near Diamond Head volcano on Oahu, 17 hours 1 minutes
25. 2012 - Michael Ventre (35), finished at China Walls in Maunalua Bay on Oahu, 22 hours 30 minutes
26. 2012 - Kathleen Wilson (49), 20 hours 49 minutes
27. 2012 - Oliver Wilkinson (37), 13 hours 5 minutes
28. 2012 - Kim Chambers (35), finishing at China Walls in Maunalua Bay on Oahu, 19 hours 27 minutes
29. 2012 - Beth French (35), 24 hours 10 minutes
30. 2013 - Leahi Camacho (17), 14 hours 43 minutes
31. 2013 - Katie Benoit (34), 18 hours 0 minutes
32. 2014 - Yesenia Cabrera Fuegos (41), 16 hours 50 minutes
33. 2014 - Cameron Keith (15), 13 hours 55 minutes
34. 2014 - Victoria Rian (47), 14 hours 42 minutes
35. 2014 - Jim Barber (54), 14 hours 42 minutes
36. 2014 - Rohans More (29), 17 hours 28 minutes
37. 2015 - Attila Mányoki (32), finishing at Makapu'u Beach on Oahu in 12 hours 2 minutes
38. 2015 - Andre Wiersig, finishing on Sandy Beach on Oahu in 18 hours 26 minutes
39. 2016 - Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González (56), finishing on Sandy Beach on Oahu in 23 hours 18 minutes
40. 2016 - Elizabeth Fry, finishing on Sandy Beach on Oahu in 17 hours 30 minutes in a tandem swim with Dr. Marcy MacDonald
41. 2016 - Dr. Marcy MacDonald, finishing on Sandy Beach on Oahu in 17 hours 30 minutes in a tandem swim with Elizabeth Fry
43. 2016 - Thomas Pembroke finishing in 15+ hours on Oahu
44. 2016 - Adrian Sarchet finishing on Sandy Beach, Oahu in 17 hours 24 minutes
45. 2016 - Dr. Tom Hackett in 14 hours 53 minutes
46. 2016 - Stephen Junk in 13 hours 50 minutes on 5 October
47. 2016 - Ion Lazarenco in 18 hours 11 minutes on 5 October
48. 2017 - Beth French in 17 hours 59 minutes on 6 December 2016
49. 2017 - Cameron Bellamy in 17 hours 1 minute on 26 February
50. 2017 - Steve Walker in 18 hours 8 minutes on 26 February
51. 2017 - Abhejali Bernardova in 21 hours 52 minutes on 27 March
52. 2017 - Pat Gallant-Charette (66) in 23 hours 54 minutes on 21 May
53. 2017 - Prabhat Raju Koli (17) in 17 hours 22 minutes on 7 June
54. 2017 - Nora Toledano in 14 hours 28 minutes on 10 July in a tandem swim with Mariel Hawley
55. 2017 - Sarah Ferguson in 17 hours 56 minutes on 25 July finishing on Makapu'u Beach, Oahu
56. 2017 - Toni Enderli in 20 hours 35 minutes on 2 September 2017 finishing on Sandy Beach, Oahu
57. 2017 - Ryan Leong, , swimming in a tandem swim with Stefan Reinke, in 19 hours 32 minutes on 4 September 2017 finishing on Sandy Beach, Oahu
58. 2017 - Stefan Reinke, swimming in a tandem swim with Ryan Leong, in 19 hours 32 minutes on 4 September 2017 finishing on Sandy Beach, Oahu

Note: Bill Pai (William K. (Opelu) Pai) reportedly completed the first Molokai Channel crossing in 1939 when he rowed out to sea off the island of Molokai and swam to Oahu. This is an uncertified crossing by the Hawaiian Channel Swim Association. According to the book Hawai’I Sports: History, Facts and Statistics, the Hawaiian fisherman started his swim at Ilio Point and finished at the Blowhole near Sandy Beach on Oahu in 18 hours and 56 minutes. However, he was rowed 50 yards from shore to start his swim off Molokai. Because the Hawaiian Channel Swim Association rules require that swimmers must complete certified swims from shore to shore, Keo Nakama is recognized as the first official swimmer across the Molokai Channel in 1961.

Videos[edit]

External links[edit]