17-year-old high school senior completes Kaiwi Channel swim

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What did you do during your summer break?

For 17-year-old Kealakehe High School senior Leahi Camacho, she successfully swam the Kaiwi Channel.

She is the youngest person to complete the grueling 26-mile route from Molokai to Oahu, and the 27th person to ever complete it.

Camacho arrived at Sandy Beach on Oahu around 12:30 p.m. Sunday after swimming for 15 hours.

“That was probably the most insane thing I’ve ever done in my entire life that’s for sure. It was all going pretty smoothly until I got about mile 13, I got nailed by some portuguese man o’ war,” Camacho said. “It ran through my mind of how much easier it’d be to get on the boat and just come in. Overall it was really good though.”

Camacho says she was inspired by one of her friends who swam the Kaiwi Channel three years ago at the age of 19, and now she hopes to inspire others.

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