HONOLULU, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) - On October 12, 1952, three Koa outrigger canoes launch through the surf at Kawakiu Bay on Molokai's west side. Powered by six paddlers, each of the canoes was bound for Oahu across 38+ miles of open ocean in the Ka'iwi Channel. Eight hours and 55 minutes later, the Molokai canoe, Kukui O Lanikaula landed on the beach at Waikiki in front of the Moana Hotel. Thus began the world's most prestigious outrigger canoe race, the Molokai Hoe.
The Molokai Hoe has become one of the longest running annual team sporting events in Hawaii, second only to football. The Moloka'i Hoe perpetuates one of Hawaii's and Polynesia's most important and historic cultural traditions, while honoring outrigger canoe paddlers around the world. The Molokai Hoe tests the limits of physical and mental strength and endurance, courage determination and teamwork, and paddlers must also battle nature's most extreme elements.
Each year over 1000+ paddlers from around the world compete in the Molokai Hoe, the men's world championship in outrigger canoe racing. This year marks the Molokai Hoe's 58th crossing of the treacherous Ka'iwi Channel.
Team PRIMO is comprised of State, National, and World Champions who have won solo and team competitions. They are undefeated this year and Hawaii's best chance at a victory over Tahiti's Maitai Shell Va'a who are four time Molokai Champions and the current record holders. PRIMO's canoe, Hoo Lehua, has never lost a men's race. Team members include: Maui's Kai Bartlett, Mael Carey, Felipe Gomes, Tyson Kubo, Peter Konohia, Kekoa Cramer, Oahu's Mike Judd and Alfred VanGieson and California's Danny Ching.
October 10, 2010
8:00am - Race start at Hale O Lono
12:30pm - First finishers expected at Duke's Beach in Waikiki
Click HERE for a link to the Molokai Hoe website.
Click HERE for a link to PRIMO's website.