Hawaiian Canoe Sailing Season Kick Off!!!

The Hawaiian Canoe sailing canoe association kicked off the start of the 2009 sailing season with the Kahalui to Kaanapali north shore coastal race on May 29th 2009. The conditions were less than ideal but the race was scheduled and the canoes and teams were ready for the challenge. The light winds and reaching out of the Kahalui harbor proved to be one of the defining moments in the entire race. Team OluKai in the distinct yellow and brown Kamakakoa canoe, once again continued where they left off last year and took an early lead.

The light winds proved to be too much for over half the fleet with only 5 canoes completing the course under their own power. Team OluKai lead by Master Steersmen Marvin Otsuji, Noe Auger, Jason Dameron, Scott Wagner, Kai Bartlett and Peter Konohia finished the 37 mile course in 3 hours and 10 minutes. A distance second was a team from the big island.

Once again the 2nd leg of the season, the Kaanapali to Haleolono race was held in light wind conditions. Team OluKai with a new team member Tyson Kubo was tested by Tui Tonga from Kauai. The two teams distanced the pack with in the first 1 hour of the race. At the 30 mile mark the two teams were within shouting distance of each other. At mile 32 team OluKai walked away and was the only team to complete the race without being towed. Conditions were light and proved to be tactical duel. The experience of the OluKai team once again left all the other teams wondering what they have to do to win.

Olukai Is Named To Outside Magazine's "Best Places To Work" List

OluKai was named to Outside magazine’s second annual “Best Places to Work” list. OluKai was ranked number 23 out of 30 selected companies in the recent May 2009 issue. “These 30 companies share a common belief: that the secret to success in any economy is empowering employees to live balanced lives and remain committed to their communities and the environment,” said Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of Outside.

“OluKai is proud to be recognized as one of the top places to work. Our vision for the brand has always been to bring a premium product to market that reflects our dedication to our roots in Hawaii and the visceral connection between people and the ocean,” said Bill Worthington, Chief Designer and Co-Founder of OluKai. “We accomplish this goal through our valued ‘Ohana, our family of passionate employees who work together to represent a brand and product that they believe in.”

The OluKai ‘Ohana recognizes that harmony with the ocean is the ultimate lifestyle and continuously integrates the philosophy with the encouragement of personal and professional development. From the everyday visits of family pets roaming the office, weekly ‘board’ meetings in the waves for Surf Wednesdays, to nationwide efforts of OluKai’s giveback programs, employees experience a sense of community. Company beach days are taken quarterly to acknowledge the effectiveness of the working ‘Ohana and to celebrate their contribution to the ongoing growth of the company.

Special events help share the humble ethos of the company with the ocean community. This year OluKai presents its inaugural Ho’olaule’a ocean festival May 16th and 17th at Kanaha Beach in Maui. The event will be the first annual celebration and tribute to the ocean lifestyle through competition, tradition, family and giving back to the community. The event is one of the many ways OluKai and its prized employees continue to propel the brand forward by sharing the ocean lifestyle with the world.

For the complete list of Outside magazine’s “Best Places to Work” and to view OluKai’s profile please visit http://outside.away.com/outside/culture/200905/best-companies-intro.html

Special Performance By Paula Fuga At Olukai’S Ho’Olaule’A Ocean Festival

April 29, 2009, Maui, HI – OluKai Premium Footwear announces Paula Fuga as the featured musical guest at Ho’olaule’a Ocean Festival, happening at Kanaha Beach on Maui, May 16th and 17th. The event features a Stand Up Paddle and an OC1 race, with Saturday festivities highlighted by a traditional Hawaiian luau dinner, hula performance, and the cultural graces of Paula’s melodies.

The concert is free and will begin at 4pm on May 16th. It is one of many complimentary activities available throughout the weekend to allow attendees to experience the Hawaiian culture. For complete listing of events please visit http://www.olukai.com/.

Paula is a true Hawaiian who actively devotes her time to the community and expresses her love for the culture through music and lyrics. Critics have praised her talents by presenting her with a Na Hoku Hano Hano Award, Hawaii’s most prestigious music honor.

Paula was one of the first Hawaii-based artists invited to take part in Jack Johnson’s Kokua Festival in 2006. Since then, the Grammy Award winner has collaborated with Paula on Mana Maoli, a fund raising CD to benefit Native Hawaiian Charter Schools. She has also collaborated with the Honolulu Symphony and was the opening musical guest for Three Dog Night. Paula Fuga released her self-produced album, Lilikoi, in May 2006. The tracks are soulful with a jazz appeal and inspired with Hawaiian-infused lyrics.

“OluKai welcomes Paula Fuga to the OluKai ‘Ohana. We are excited to showcase such an influential icon to the Hawaiian culture and share her talents with the paddling community,” says Matthew Murasko, Maui Ambassador for OluKai. “Her ideals and commitment to tradition and culture represent OluKai’s core values presented through Ho’olaule’a.”
Part of proceeds from the event will go to OluKai’s ‘Ohana Giveback Program. For more information about OluKai’s Ho’olaule’a Ocean Festival and to sign up for the races please visit www.OluKai.com. For artist information visit www.paulafugamusic.com.