Twice in the past four years New York Outrigger had the good fortune to participate in the Moloka’i Hoe. And both times our crews were honored to have Richard Holomalia as our escort boat captain. With his numerous Kaiwi crossings and many years in the outrigger community, Holo was an invaluable addition to our crew. But beyond his knowledge, his generous patience with an enthusiastic and inexperienced crew made both crossings truly fantastic.
Over the years of race planning and talking story, we became great friends with Holo and it is with a heavy heart that we learned of his passing. His mentorship and friendship meant a great deal to us and our NYO ’10 & ’12 Moloka’i crews will miss him.