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The 71st Annual MacFarlane Regatta kicks off in WaikikiUPDATED 8:11 PM HST Jul 04, 2014Video Transcript
legacy. 71 years later -- the McFarlane Regatta is the longest running canoe race IN THE WORLD. And as KITV4's Lara Yamada reports -- it continues to INSPIRE. 3603 NATS: Cheering 8:30 am. The Waikiki shoreline has become "base camp" for well over A THOUSAND paddlers -- and TENS OF THOUSANDS of spectators. The 71st Annual McFarlane Regatta is starting strong. The first race -- for the military. All branches represented. Even a canoe for wounded warriors. 3008-14 It means we're telling them thank you more than anything, because there's not a lot of ways to thank these guys other than to support them. 37 events -- for a day-long sporting event and celebration. 40-foot long, 6-man outrigger canoes. Racing from a quarter- mile to a mile and a half. NATS: 3113 Do your thing. Get mad! It's not the first year for these girls. And they can't wait to hit the water again. 3142-49 This is our second year paddling all together. We're the 13s crew and we just really enjoy each other and we're all really good friends. In partnership: The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. Doling out more than 160- GRAND in grants and scholarships for Hawaii students. 3908-19 I think the most important thing about what we do is how we do it. And you can never rise to the podium without support from others. It comes back to how we share our aloha. 4537-52 So this is one of the original paddles from 1943 from one of the teams that won the race. Take a closer look. This is Duke Kahanamoku. He was the steersman for this boat that won their race, and paddling in it was such a job, he actually broke the paddle. 4050-58 It's a piece of history and we're thinking we're going to make a trophy out of it and put all the names of the great steersman. Saving room for the ones... sure to come next. 3026-31 It's pretty special and there's kids named McFarlane and it's really fun. Here are my two kids. 3035 They're children will race in this race. Lara Yamada KITV4 News. A portion of the proceeds raised today through T-shirt booths and merchandise -- went directly to the Outrigger Canoe Duke Kahanamoku Foundation -- for scholarships.