After weeks of volunteering, the 5000 attendees of this "group hug" have a lot to be proud of. The Kona community, and many from other places who travel to join in, have created another spectacular sporting event. We eat, drink, dance, listen to speeches, and mostly just enjoy the evening, knowing we will do it all over again next year.....because we love it! Our kayak safety crew had a blast...and won 1st place in the Parade of Nations for Aloha Spirit. Chrissie Wellington, this year's female champion, came to thank us all - as she always does. She is a model of gracious victory.