Andrea Moller Wins 7th Straight OluKai Crown, Connor Baxter Makes It Four-In-A-Row Ahead Of Travis Grant And Dave Kalama

 
OluKai race Connor Baxter

Connor Baxter on his way to a fourth straight title (photo: Erik Aeder/OluKai)

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Connor Baxter has won his 4th straight OluKai Ho’olaule’a SUP Race title, claiming a strong victory ahead of Travis Grant, Dave Kalama, Travis Baptiste and Danny Ching on Maui today.

Minutes after Connor crossed the line, Andrea Moller triumphed in the women’s race for an extraordinary 7th straight year, further extending the greatest winning streak in the sport of stand up paddling.

Connor’s record finishing time of 44 minutes 26 seconds was 2 minutes faster than Travis, showing just how dominant the local boy is on his home turf. Travis’ runner-up finish mirrors his result from last year and caps off a big couple of weeks for the Aussie, following his heroic victory at the Carolina Cup last weekend. An elated Travis Grant had this to say at the finish line:

“I’m super happy to finish runner-up against this amazing field of paddlers. Connor was in a different league today and I felt we were all just battling for second place. The kid is surely unbeatable out here on his home turf. I was trying out the new prototype NSP unlimited – pretty stoked considering it was the maiden voyage. Feeling confident for Molokai now, though it’ll be hard to catch Connor…”
 

Travis Grant OluKai race

Travis Grant on his way to finishing runner-up behind Connor Baxter but ahead of an elite field (photo: 808photo.me)


 
It was an exceptional effort from Dave Kalama in third considering he’s more than twice the age of most of his rivals. Dave very rarely competes outside of Hawaii but when the wind is blowing and the unlimited boards are firing, Kalama is one of the fastest paddlers in the world.

Another huge performance came from young Travis Baptiste. The reigning Molokai stock champ claimed 4th overall, just seconds behind Kalama, despite paddling a 14 footer. Most of the other guys were on 17s or 18s. Baptiste finished just in front of his 404 team mate Danny Ching, who takes 5th place for the second year in a row.

Crossing the line just seconds outside the Top 5 were SIC team mates Georges Cronsteadt and Livio Menelau, who paddled the same board as 90% of the rest of the field: The famed SIC Bullet that was born and raised on Maui. Aussie pair Beau O’Brian and Dave Kissane, along with local hero Jeremy Riggs, filled out the Top 10 in a race that attracted a very strong level of competition.
 

OluKai 2015 SUP race

[L-R] Women’s Top 3: Kathy Shipman, Sonni Honscheid, Andrea Moller // Men’s Top 6: Travis Baptiste, Georges Cronsteadt, Danny Ching, Connor Baxter, Travis Grant, Dave Kalama (pics: Ashton Woods)


 
Speaking of SIC, it was a clean sweep in the women’s, with the first four ladies paddling the Bullet. Andrea’s win was vintage form, with the Brazilian-turned-Maui-local crossing 2 minutes ahead of her SIC team mate and reigning Molokai champ Sonni Hönscheid, while the supremely under rated local dark horse Kathy Shipman took third. Another downwind specialist was next in Devin Blish, before a very solid Terrene Black from Australia rounded out the top 5 ahead of Fiona Wylde (who was racing stock) and Angie Jackson.

The 7th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a saw great conditions and super fast times. The world famous Maliko downwind run was firing as 20 knot winds whipped up plenty of bumps for the 340 starters. From all reports it sounds like OluKai 2015 was another great race, with the Ho’olaule’a title (which means “celebration” in Hawaiian) seeming rather fitting.

Apparently there was some confusion at the start, with the horn sounding a few minutes early and some paddlers getting caught back in the pack (sounds like a repeat of last year), but apart from that OluKai has cemented its position as a top-tier event.
 

Andrea Moller Maui stand up paddling

Andrea Moller on her way to an extraordinary seventh straight OluKai crown (photo: 808photo.me)


 
Today’s OluKai race also had a big impact on the SUP Racer World Rankings, particularly on the women’s Top 50 Leaderboard. Andrea Moller jumped +5 to move inside the Top 10 for the first time, while Terrene Black (now ranked #13 in the world), Devin Blish (#15), Kathy Shipman (#20), Rachel Bruntsch (#23) all made very solid gains.

Unlucky is Angie Jackson, who, despite a strong showing on an unlimited board she’s barely paddled, drops one spot to world #6 after Sonni’s runner-up performance saw her move into the uber elite Top 5.

On the men’s Top 100 Leaderboard there was little movement at the pointy end, however several paddlers made solid gains in the middle and lower order. Dave Kalama, still holding a pair of donuts in his “best 5 results” overall points tally, now sits #23 in the world after jumping a massive 18 spots. Travis Baptiste is knocking on the door of the world’s Top 20 after today’s result bumped him up to position #22. There were also good gains from Matt Nottage, Niuhiti Buillard, Sam Parker and Kenny Kaneko.

Check out the updated World Rankings Top 100 Men / Top 50 Women Leaderboards.

Oh and here’s some great raw & unedited footage from the Ocean Paddler TV chopper, which shows just how awesome the conditions were for today’s OluKai race (click here to view the full B-roll).


2015 OluKai Ho’olaule’a SUP Race: Men’s Overall

Course: 8 miles from Maliko Gulch to Kanaha Beach Park
Conditions: Firing
SUP Racer World Rankings “Race Index” score: 32.5%
View the updated World Rankings – Top 100 Men

#
Name
Time
Category
Points
1Connor Baxter0:44:26Elite Open32.50
2Travis Grant0:46:28Elite Open24.38
3David Kalama0:47:16Elite Open19.50
4Travis Baptiste0:47:2114' 18 - 2916.25
5Danny Ching0:47:26Elite Open13.81
6Georges Cronsteadt0:47:35Elite Open11.38
7Livio Menelau0:47:38Elite Open9.75
8Jeremy Riggs0:48:25Elite Open8.13
9Beau O'Brian0:49:02Elite Open7.31
10Dave Kissane0:49:40Elite Open6.50
11Matt Nottage0:49:53Elite Open5.85
12Niuhiti Buillard0:50:33Elite Open5.20
13Kody Kerbox0:50:36Elite Open (14')4.88
14Paul Jackson0:50:46Elite Open4.55
15James Casey0:51:08Elite Open4.23
16Ryan Murphy0:51:15Elite Open3.90
17Kai Bartlett0:51:26Elite Open3.58
18Josh Riccio0:51:55Elite Open (14')3.25
19Sam Parker0:52:42Elite Open2.93
20Amir Arbel0:53:11Rec. 30 - 392.60
21Tomoyasu Murabayashi0:53:16Elite Open2.44
22Buzzy Kerbox0:53:41Rec. 50 - 592.28
23Kenny Kaneko0:53:42Elite Open2.11
24Vierra Kalani0:53:56Rec. 40 - 491.95
25Robert Teriiterau0:54:16Rec. 30 - 391.79
26Ralf Sifford0:54:24Rec. 50 - 591.69
27Christin Bradley0:54:4114' 18 - 291.59
28Robert Stehlik0:55:42Rec. 40 - 491.50
29Kaeo Abbey0:55:47Elite Open1.40
30Jimmy Fitt0:55:50Rec. 30 - 391.30
31Ridge Lenny0:56:0714' 18 - 291.24
32Will Reichensted0:56:35Rec. 18 - 291.17
33Belar Diaz0:56:46Elite Open1.11
34Mark Raaphorst0:56:53Rec. 40 - 491.04
35Todd Sera0:57:3514' 40 - 490.98
36Bill Hofmann0:57:43Rec. 60 & Over0.91
37James Donavan0:58:0714' 18 - 290.85
38Shep Nelson0:58:11Rec. 30 - 390.78
39Daniel Chun0:58:27Elite Open0.72
40Yves Bouwens0:58:51Rec. 40 - 490.65
41Noa Ginella0:59:20Elite Open0.62
42Art Aquino0:59:29Rec. 40 - 490.59
43Gregg Leion0:59:37Rec. 50 - 590.55
44Hunter Eggers0:59:59Rec. 40 - 490.52
45Rj Whener1:00:0114' 17 & Under0.49
46Andy Davies1:00:06Elite Open0.46
47Jack Dyson1:00:17Rec. 60 & Over0.42
48Vetea Ribet1:00:59Rec. 30 - 390.39
49Meron Akman1:01:1014' 30 - 390.36
50Cory Nakamura1:01:1314' 30 - 390.33
51Tyler Jaggers1:01:15Elite Open0
52Masao Fukayama1:01:47Rec. 40 - 490
53Trey Cox1:01:48Elite Open0
54Jeff Chang1:02:1014' 50 - 590
55Eugene Ancheta1:02:4714' 40 - 490
56Junya McGurn1:03:02Rec. 40 - 490
57Randy Royse1:03:06Rec. 50 - 590
58Alex Levorin1:03:07Rec. 40 - 490
59Gavin Ferguson1:03:16Rec. 50 - 590
60Martin Giroud1:03:2314' 40 - 490
61John Walsh1:03:5414' 30 - 390
62Mark Moquin1:04:0314' 50 - 590
63Bojan Bernard1:04:1514' 50 - 590
64Lee Wnuk1:04:30Rec. 50 - 590
65Brad Feldman1:04:32Rec. 50 - 590
66Miguel Martinez1:04:3614' 40 - 490
67Chris Pagdilao1:04:41Rec. 30 - 390
68Brad Albert1:04:5414' 40 - 490
69Kamuela Aea1:04:5814' 50 - 590
70Crille Forsberg1:05:00Elite Open0
71Kanekawaiola Pai1:05:0214' 30 - 390
72Justin Ormonde1:05:05Rec. 40 - 490
73Karl Rohlfing1:05:05Rec. 50 - 590
74Stephen Ross1:05:13Rec. 50 - 590
75Will Rich1:05:21Elite Open0
76John Bendon1:05:3214' 30 - 390
77Jeff Okuna1:05:36Rec. 30 - 390
78Matty Schweitzer1:05:39Elite Open0
79Ben Chalmers1:05:4114' 40 - 490
80Fernando Corouel1:05:49Rec. 50 - 590
81Rafael Cruet1:05:54Rec. 40 - 490
82David Oakley1:06:0714' 60 & Over0
83Freddie Hampe1:06:21Rec. 18 - 290
84Jeffrey Oltman1:06:24Rec. 30 - 390
85Pierre Coetzee1:06:3714' 50 - 590
86Diego Femenia1:06:3814' 18 - 290
87Jason Contor1:06:58Rec. 18 - 290
88Gilles Laborde1:07:1814' 40 - 490
89Brad Kingsley1:07:2014' 40 - 490
90Andreas Svensson1:07:29Elite Open0
91Sam Pae1:07:4914' 40 - 490
92Walter Machado1:07:4914' 60 & Over0
93Cory Mellein1:07:54Rec. 30 - 390
94Ron St. John1:07:5614' 50 - 590
95Austin Kalama1:08:02Rec. 17 & Under0
96Jon Hjertstrom1:08:16Elite Open0
97Mike Jucker1:08:2014' 40 - 490
98J P Mihlban1:08:46Rec. 40 - 490
99Kekoa Kahookele Santos1:09:0314' 18 - 290
100William Boyum1:09:11Rec. 60 & Over0
101David Kennedy1:09:21Rec. 40 - 490
102Alex Mawae1:09:2614' 17 & Under0
103Christian Barber1:09:4014' 40 - 490
104Josef Erlemann1:10:39Rec. 40 - 490
105Eric Walker1:10:56Elite Open0
106Warwick Gray1:11:2914' 50 - 590
107Ed Price1:11:3614' 50 - 590
108Cyrus Motamed1:11:4714' 40 - 490
109Justin Lemire1:12:1814' 30 - 390
110Rower Casey1:12:27Rec. 50 - 590
111Doug Feeney1:12:32Rec. 40 - 490
112Kaleo Amadeo1:12:3314' 30 - 390
113Slater Fleck1:12:3814' 17 & Under0
114Matt Carreras1:12:49Rec. 40 - 490
115Geoff James1:13:1014' 50 - 590
116Kainoa Kaohelaulii1:13:2614' 30 - 390
117Robert Picayo1:13:3514' 30 - 390
118Timothy Yates1:13:3614' 50 - 590
119Chris Levins1:13:38Rec. 40 - 490
120Ryan Eugenio1:13:3914' 40 - 490
121Clyde Weddell1:13:4114' 50 - 590
122Doug Posefer1:13:47Rec. 60 & Over0
123Anthony Scaturro1:14:06Rec. 40 - 490
124Sven Wesley1:14:1114' 30 - 390
125Carlo Prado1:14:25Rec. 50 - 590
126Emery Tavares1:14:29Rec. 40 - 490
127Fred Andersen1:14:3314' 60 & Over0
128Joseph Dratz1:14:3814' 30 - 390
129John Zevenbergen1:14:52Rec. 50 - 590
130Matt Johnson1:15:18Rec. 30 - 390
131Andrew Baker1:15:3814' 18 - 290
132Lee Harrison1:15:5414' 50 - 590
133Donnie McGean1:15:5714' 60 & Over0
134Chris Freeman1:15:5814' 30 - 390
135Gregory Harbottle1:16:00Rec. 50 - 590
136Searay Beltran1:16:2914' 50 - 590
137Ryder Tremble1:17:1114' 17 & Under0
138David Bond1:17:17Rec. 40 - 490
139Glenn Tremble1:17:2414' 50 - 590
140Gary Miyamoto1:17:4214' 50 - 590
141Fendall Moraitis1:18:0014' 40 - 490
142Les Shaw1:18:1514' 50 - 590
143Christoph Dworzak1:18:34Rec. 18 - 290
144Bill Babcock1:19:02Rec. 60 & Over0
145Pat McCarthy1:19:04Rec. 50 - 590
146Kevin Solt1:19:06Rec. 40 - 490
147Robert Bouchard1:19:07Rec. 60 & Over0
148Rigo Sandoval1:19:0714' 30 - 390
149Pete Martin1:19:26Rec. 60 & Over0
150Stephen Puigh1:19:2614' 50 - 590
151Konosuke Akao1:19:36Rec. 40 - 490
152Josh Sands1:19:5414' 30 - 390
153Erik Estren1:20:02Rec. 40 - 490
154Adam Cumming1:20:0314' 30 - 390
155Matt Till1:20:05Rec. 40 - 490
156Dave Weiss1:20:24Rec. 50 - 590
157Roger Fraefel1:20:3514' 40 - 490
158Douglas Hagan1:20:3914' 50 - 590
159Michael Stone1:20:4014' 50 - 590
160Robin Blumberg1:20:5214' 40 - 490
161Eddie Kondo1:21:09Rec. 60 & Over0
162Kai Binney1:21:1714' 17 & Under0
163Tommy Hale1:21:29Rec. 40 - 490
164Ben Holz1:21:5714' 40 - 490
165Colin Lee1:22:09Rec. 50 - 590
166Tim Smith1:22:17Rec. 50 - 590
167Adam Schell1:22:4914' 30 - 390
168Payce Duryea1:22:5914' 17 & Under0
169Travis Ronk1:23:18Rec. 40 - 490
170Reggie Balidoy1:23:34Rec. 50 - 590
171Dannel Dino Miran1:23:3714' 50 - 590
172Shae Eugenio1:23:3814' 18 - 290
173Clyde Kunst1:24:05Rec. 50 - 590
174David Daunhauer1:24:1114' 40 - 490
175Xander Robertson1:24:15Rec. 17 & Under0
176Michael Leone1:24:1914' 40 - 490
177David Kuwada1:24:3414' 40 - 490
178Darren Flail1:25:0614' 40 - 490
179James Giroux1:25:1014' 40 - 490
180Dylan Ross1:25:1214' 18 - 290
181Michael Lawcher1:25:1214' 60 & Over0
182David Salangsang1:25:3414' 50 - 590
183Zoltan Bazso1:25:50Elite Open0
184Scott Fleck1:26:03Rec. 50 - 590
185Brandon La Rue1:26:3614' 30 - 390
186Alika Mullen1:27:40Rec. 30 - 390
187Christopher Caisey1:27:4814' 40 - 490
188Joseph Delorenzo1:28:01Rec. 50 - 590
189Scott Smith1:28:1014' 40 - 490
190Scooter Metcalfe1:28:1914' 50 - 590
191Antonio Mason1:28:2314' 17 & Under0
192Takaaki Ishii1:28:4814' 40 - 490
193Kyler Kerbox1:28:5614' 17 & Under0
194Goran Sivertsson1:29:03Elite Open0
195Danny Kalahiki1:29:16Rec. 40 - 490
196Vicente Cacal1:29:36Rec. 30 - 390
197Scott Bintliff1:29:3814' 40 - 490
198Nicholas Corbet1:29:4014' 30 - 390
199Mark Driessen1:30:0114' 30 - 390
200Jason Fretse1:30:0814' 30 - 390
201Jason Watanabe1:30:1114' 40 - 490
202Grant MacDonald1:30:4014' 40 - 490
203Al Sagon1:30:4914' 50 - 590
204Paddler Unknow1:30:5114' 40 - 490
205Brian Richard1:31:3114' 40 - 490
206David Dutro1:31:55Rec. 40 - 490
207Adam Buechler1:32:40Rec. 18 - 290
208Cary Riter1:33:0514' 50 - 590
209Mark Martinez1:33:1014' 50 - 590
210Killa Nikaido1:33:4914' 50 - 590
211Darren Lee1:34:2414' 18 - 290
212Kale Berlelmann1:34:31Rec. 40 - 490
213Grant McFadyen1:34:3814' 40 - 490
214Edward Shasek1:34:4514' 60 & Over0
215Jason Sabia1:35:1814' 18 - 290
216Grant Heinz1:35:3614' 50 - 590
217Gregg Okamoto1:35:4314' 40 - 490
218Edward Kaleikini1:35:5114' 30 - 390
219Cash Berzolla1:35:5514' 17 & Under0
220Ola Shaw1:36:1514' 60 & Over0
221Ty Kane1:36:2214' 17 & Under0
222Jeff Berzolla1:36:3614' 30 - 390
223Billy McKee1:36:5814' 30 - 390
224Paul Williams1:37:29Rec. 60 & Over0
225Bill Freese1:37:4514' 40 - 490
226Matt Murasko1:37:5114' 50 - 590
227Zane Murasko1:37:5114' 17 & Under0
228Hamiel Schorr1:38:06Elite Open0
229Jerin Dunsmoor1:38:1514' 40 - 490
230Doug Chapman1:38:1614' 40 - 490
231Charles Stoddard1:38:18Rec. 60 & Over0
232Alexandru Pricope1:38:28Rec. 40 - 490
233Bill Worthington1:38:3214' 50 - 590
234Robert Stoner1:38:34Rec. 50 - 590
235unnamed1:38:4414' 50 - 590
236Al Garr1:39:0114' 18 - 290
237Spencer Wendt1:40:28Rec. 18 - 290
238Joseph Chambers1:40:42Rec. 60 & Over0
239Rob Dubin1:40:5014' 60 & Over0
240Roberto Campos1:43:39Rec. 50 - 590
241Cody Angeles1:43:57Rec. 18 - 290
242Brady Flaherty1:44:5714' 40 - 490
243Conrad K. Pasco1:47:1514' 40 - 490
244Brandon Rodrigues1:47:33Rec. 30 - 390
245Philip Binnky1:48:51Rec. 50 - 590
246Thomas Chen1:49:5914' 40 - 490
247Craig Harris1:58:5314' 30 - 390
248James Neil2:02:1014' 60 & Over0
249Jerry Ledesma2:02:5514' 30 - 390

2015 OluKai Ho’olaule’a SUP Race: Women’s Overall

Course: 8 miles from Maliko Gulch to Kanaha Beach Park
Conditions: Firing
SUP Racer World Rankings “Race Index” score: 38.0%
View the updated World Rankings – Top 50 Women

#
Name
Time
Division
Points
1Andrea Moller0:53:20Elite Open38.00
2Sonni Honsched0:55:38Elite Open28.50
3Kathy Shipman0:55:57Elite Open22.80
4Devin Blish0:56:27Elite Open19.00
5Terrene Black0:57:24Elite Open16.15
6Fiona Wylde1:00:14Elite Open (14')13.30
7Angela Jackson1:02:19Elite Open11.40
8Rachel Bruntsch1:02:26Elite Open9.50
9Mariko Strickland Lum1:04:1314' 18 - 298.55
10Lance Leasure1:05:3514' 40 - 497.60
11Gail Walker1:05:58Elite Open6.84
12Gillian Gibree1:08:10Elite Open6.08
13Sarah Hauser1:08:22Elite Open5.70
14Jane McKee1:09:26Elite Open5.32
15Deja Howard1:10:16Rec. 30 - 394.94
16Suzie Cooney1:12:01Rec. 40 - 494.56
17Alyssa Joy1:13:0014' 40 - 494.18
18Jennifer Lee1:13:43Elite Open3.80
19Lani Gomes1:14:4414' 40 - 493.42
20Tomoe Yasu1:15:16Elite Open3.04
21Giselle Delgado1:15:22Rec. 30 - 392.85
22Jennifer Fuller1:16:59Elite Open2.66
23Sharon Baldwin1:17:55Rec. 40 - 492.47
24Kelsa Gabehart1:18:04Elite Open2.28
25Natalia Fon1:18:0814' 50 - 592.09
26Laola Aea1:20:0914' 60 & Over1.98
27Kathleen Hagan1:20:3814' 40 - 491.86
28Kim Herrera1:20:53Rec. 50 - 591.75
29Lynn Christensen1:21:1614' 50 - 591.63
30Megan Abubo1:22:3214' 30 - 391.52
31Hillary Runner1:22:4514' 40 - 491.44
32Carol Michelson1:22:4714' 50 - 591.37
33Annie Reickert1:23:2214' 17 & Under1.29
34Angela Correa-Pei1:23:38Rec. 40 - 491.22
35Maya Persson1:23:38Elite Open1.14
36Clare Mawae1:24:0814' 40 - 491.06
37Margaret (Peggy) King1:24:27Rec. 60 & Over0.99
38Margareta Engstrom1:25:17Elite Open0.91
39Chyna Colorado1:25:1814' 30 - 390.84
40Emily Fielding1:26:0414' 50 - 590.76
41Kim Reilly1:26:5814' 50 - 590.72
42Kristy Wright Schell1:27:1814' 30 - 390.68
43Marjorie Kahookele-Pea1:27:51Rec. 40 - 490.65
44Tricia Rodriguez1:28:2514' 30 - 390.61
45Sierra Hess1:30:2214' 18 - 290.57
46Melissa Rajesh1:30:5214' 30 - 390.53
47Susie Grace1:31:0114' 30 - 390.49
48Marion Buchenau1:32:1014' 40 - 490.46
49Amy Marshall1:32:1014' 40 - 490.42
50Judith Shasek1:32:1114' 60 & Over0.38
51Linda Nguyen1:32:19Rec. 30 - 390.00
52Jennifer Rosenblad1:34:0314' 40 - 490.00
53Sandra Fraefel1:35:3514' 40 - 490.00
54Sheryl Yee1:36:1414' 40 - 490.00
55Rulan Waikiki1:36:2314' 40 - 490.00
56Erin Davis1:36:53Rec. 40 - 490.00
57Jamie Cahill1:37:25Rec. 50 - 590.00
58Nancy Sagon1:37:47Rec. 50 - 590.00
59Jenn Biestman1:38:2614' 18 - 290.00
60Julia Schonberg1:38:27Rec. 50 - 590.00
61Jill Caisey1:38:2914' 50 - 590.00
62Makayla Marrs1:39:2514' 17 & Under0.00
63Cathy Gillis1:39:28Rec. 50 - 590.00
64Kimberly Vanderlaan1:39:5614' 50 - 590.00
65Terri Kimmel1:40:18Rec. 50 - 590.00
66Audrey Lee1:41:37Rec. 50 - 590.00
67Michiko Tanaka1:41:4814' 40 - 490.00
68Joy Brahmst1:42:0114' 50 - 590.00
69Hillary Hardy1:43:30Rec. 50 - 590.00
70Emma Gomez1:44:1414' 17 & Under0.00
71Jules Bardos1:45:1714' 17 & Under0.00
72Janet Hewitt1:46:0214' 50 - 590.00
73Adrianna Baca1:47:2114' 30 - 390.00
74Ashley Orr1:48:18Rec. 40 - 490.00
75Heidi Wu1:50:0014' 40 - 490.00
76Melia Tavares1:51:1214' 30 - 390.00
77Emily Johnston1:51:27Rec. 30 - 390.00
78Bo Jaymes Forster1:52:2314' 18 - 290.00
79Barbara Coda-Chambers2:05:11Rec. 60 & Over0.00

Connor Baxter OluKai race

Connor Baxter with his trademark superman victory dive (photo: Spencer Sheehan/OluKai)