pailolo challenge canoe race: visitors can experience world-class hawaiian outrigger canoe racing saturday, september 13

pailoloThe Pailolo Challenge is an exciting 26-mile downwind outrigger canoe race from D.T. Fleming Beach, Kapalua on Maui to Kaunakakai Pier on Molokai. Scheduled for September 13, 2014, it is a prime training run for crews preparing for the world championship of outrigger canoe racing — the men’s and women’s Ka‘iwi channel races scheduled within the following few weeks.

“The Pailolo Challenge is now in its eighth year and is one of the fastest growing events in the outrigger canoe paddling community,” shares Hawaiian Canoe Club President Dave Ward. “The race increases the national and international awareness of Maui and Moloka‘i as prime paddling destinations. Hawaiian Canoe Club is honored to host teams from Hawai‘i, the mainland U.S., and around the world (Australia, Canada, China, Singapore, Panama).”

Race host Hawaiian Canoe Club (HCC), established in 1960, is one of the most successful and respected canoe clubs in Hawai‘i. The club has over 340 members and a strong base of supporters throughout the community. Hawaiian Kamali‘i, Inc., an autonomous 501(c)3 created in 1992, administers a highly successful Summer Enrichment Program that focuses on youth development and cultural preservation.

HCC’s mission is to perpetuate and preserve the art of Hawaiian canoe paddling by providing an environment rooted in traditional Hawaiian values that promote personal growth, character development, and achievement in physical fitness.

“This race course crosses one of the windiest channels in the Hawaiian Islands. The prevailing tradewinds that funnel between Maui and Moloka‘i create perfectly spaced bumps (open ocean swells) that offer surfable rides virtually all of the 25 miles,” Ward added.

For more information about Hawaiian Canoe Club visit http://www.hawaiiancanoeclub.org or call 808-893-2124. For more details and to register for Pailolo Challenge 2014, please visit http://www.pailolo.com.

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