FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association Announces Cancellation of the Molokai Hoe Canoe Race in Solidarity with Maui County
(Honolulu, HI – August 2023) The Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association (OHCRA) deeply regrets to announce the cancellation of the highly anticipated Molokai Hoe Canoe Race scheduled for October 8th. This decision has been made in response to the unfolding federal crisis on Maui, where fires have ravaged the island and left communities grappling with the aftermath.
Given the gravity of the situation and the urgent need to allocate all available Maui County resources to support the Maui community impacted by the fires, OHCRA believes that postponing this years Molokai Hoe is not only a responsible course of action, but also a demonstration of unity and solidarity during times of crisis.
Molokai Hoe is an event steeped in tradition, cherished by paddlers and enthusiasts alike. The decision to cancel this years race was not made lightly, as we understand the disappointment it may cause to our participants and supporters. However, our commitment to the well-being of our communities and our fellow Hawaiians takes precedence, and we believe that redirecting our efforts and resources towards aiding those affected by the fires is a testament to the values that bind us as a community.
OHCRA expresses its heartfelt aloha to those impacted by the fires in Maui County, many a part of our own community of paddlers. Our thoughts are with the residents, emergency responders, and all those working tirelessly to aid recovery efforts. We extend our gratitude to first responders, volunteers, and agencies who are dedicating their efforts to alleviate the crisis and support the affected communities.
We would like to thank all participants, sponsors, and supporters for their understanding and unwavering commitment to the Molokai Hoe Canoe Race. While this years event will not take place as planned, we are confident that our communitys resilience and unity will strengthen our bonds and pave the way for a brighter future.
OHCRA remains dedicated to fostering the spirit of aloha and camaraderie that define our paddling tradition. We look forward to the day when we can once again gather and celebrate the Molokai Hoe Canoe Race, united in our shared love for the sport and our commitment to supporting one another.
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The Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association (OHCRA) is a vibrant community of paddlers and enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Hawaiian canoe racing traditions. With a rich history dating back decades, OHCRA strives to uphold the values of unity, respect, and camaraderie while fostering a strong sense of community among paddlers from all walks of life.
Press Contact: Lapule Schultz, OHCRA President
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