This past weekend, we celebrated extended family and Hawaiian culture at our 5th annual Ho’olaule’a on May 11-12 in Maui, Hawaii. Event participants and festival goers gathered Saturday and Sunday for what has become one of the most celebrated festival and elite standup paddle competitions (SUP) in the world. With the largest gathering in its history, the event featured canoe sailing, surfing, ancient Hawaiian games, luau, hula, and a history making live music concert. Competing for equal gender prize money of $15,000, SUP and OC1/OC2 (outrigger canoe 1 man/outrigger canoe 2 man) racers traveled from 10 countries and 15 mainland US states to compete in the Maliko Downwind run, one of the largest SUP races in the world which spans 8 miles of legendary open ocean and finishes with a 300 yard beach sprint.
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