On October 12, 1952, three Koa outrigger canoes launched through the surf at Kawakiu Bay on Moloka'i's west side. Powered by six paddlers, each of the canoes were bound for O'ahu, across 38+ miles of open ocean in the Ka'iwi Channel. Eight hours and 55 minutes later, the Moloka'i canoe, Kukui O Lanikaula landed on the beach at Waikiki in front of the Moana Hotel. This event started the world's most prestigious outrigger canoe race, the Moloka‘i Hoe.
The Moloka'i Hoe has become one of the longest running annual team sporting events in Hawai'i, second only to football. The Moloka'i Hoe perpetuates one of Hawai’i's and Polynesia's most important and historic cultural traditions, while honoring outrigger canoe paddlers around the world. The Moloka'i Hoe tests the limits of physical / mental strength, individual endurance, courage, determination and teamwork while battling nature's most extreme elements.
Each year over 1000+ paddlers from around the world compete in the Moloka'i Hoe, the men’s world championship in outrigger canoe racing. This year marks the Moloka'i Hoe's 69th crossing of the treacherous Ka'iwi Channel.
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The shipping dates for the 2019 Hawaiian Airlines Molokai Hoe has been changed from our normal Monday / Friday schedule. Per Young Brothers, our NEW shipping dates will be on TUESDAY 10/1/19 and on FRIDAY 10/4/2019 to ensure that the canoes will arrive on Molokai on time....
OHCRA would like to thank all those who participate each year in the Molokai Hoe race and it doesn't go without saying that this event would not be possible without the assistance of our generous sponsors. Each year, we rely upon these sponsors to continue to support the race and we also invite new sponsors to come on board.
If you would like to talk to us about sponsorship opportunities for this race - please Contact Us for more information.
The 68th annual Hawaiian Airlines Molokai Hoe scheduled Sunday, October 11, 2020 has been canceled due to financial hardship. Were sorry for any inconveniences this may have caused.
Please join us in 2021 for next years race scheduled for Sunday, October 10, 2021. All comments and concerns can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org Mahalo NUI!