Kealakehe senior youngest to swim Kaiwi Channel
Stephens Media Hawaii
Kealakehe High senior Leahi Camacho survived a debilitating Portuguese man-of-war sting Sunday to become the youngest person to swim the 26-mile Kaiwi Channel between Molokai and Oahu.
Camacho, 17, finished the swim in 14 hours, 43 minutes, arriving on Oahu’s Sandy Beach at 12:33 p.m., according to her coach, Steve Borowski.
Camacho began her swim Saturday night after leaving Molokai’s Hale O Lono Harbor.
Borowski said she was stung by the man-of-war at about 5:30 a.m. delaying her swim for about 30 minutes.
Borowski, her Kealakehe High and Kona Aquatics coach, who was in the support boat, put on his swim gear and swam alongside her for a short period after the sting.
Rules for posting comments
Comments posted below are from readers. In no way do they represent the view of Oahu Publishing Inc. or this newspaper. This is a public forum.
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content but the newspaper is under no obligation to do so. Comment posters are solely responsible under the Communications Decency Act for comments posted on this Web site. Oahu Publishing Inc. is not liable for messages from third parties.
IP and email addresses of persons who post are not treated as confidential records and will be disclosed in response to valid legal process.
Do not post:
- Potentially libelous statements or damaging innuendo.
- Obscene, explicit, or racist language.
- Copyrighted materials of any sort without the express permission of the copyright holder.
- Personal attacks, insults or threats.
- The use of another person's real name to disguise your identity.
- Comments unrelated to the story.
If you believe that a commenter has not followed these guidelines, please click the FLAG icon below the comment.