Maya Makes Molokai - A Young Lady with Tremendous Focus and Maturity

Maya Makes Molokai – A Young Lady with Tremendous Focus and Maturity

15-year-old Maya Merhige completed a 42 km crossing between Molokai Island and Oahu in Hawaii across the Molokai Channel yesterday.

Her crossing of 27 hours 33 minutes under the piloting of Michael Twigg-Smith and escort kayaker Shelley Oates-Wilding qualified her for the 24-Hour Club which is normally the bastion of much older swimmers with the wisdom and patience of more advanced years.

Merhige from California also became the youngest female to cross the Catalina Channel at the age of 14 in 2021 [shown below].

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