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  • August 5, 2014

    JOURNEY to LĀNA'I - 2014 Fall Collection

    JOURNEY to LĀNA'I

    For this fall season, we traveled off the beaten path seeking inspiration from Lāna'i the smallest of the inhabited islands of Hawaii. Our Fall 2014 designs reflect the diverse beauty of the island from its rugged backcountry, to its lush pine forests and exclusive coastlines. Lana'i offered the perfect destination to put our raw yet refined new collection to work. [...]

  • August 3, 2014

    Hawaii State Lifeguard Conference & Junior Lifeguard State Championship

    The Hawaii State Lifeguard Conference and Junior Lifeguard State Championship took place from July 30 to August 2, 2014 on the island of Kauai. The theme for day one was the economic benefit of beach safety and how it affects the tourism industry. Various guest speakers from across the country lectured on the topic. The keynote speech was given by LA County lifeguard legend, Chief BobBurnside, inventor of the 'Burnside Rescue Buoy' who also founded the ULSA organization in 1964. [...]

  • July 17, 2014

    Outdoor Friedrichshafen 2014

    Outdoor Friedrichshafen

    The 22nd Summit of Outdoor Business was held in Friedrichshafen, Germany July 10-13, 2014. This event takes place in the local convention center and has approximately 13 convention halls with over 9 exhibitors from 42 countries. Additionally there are over 21,000 trade visitors from 93 countries. We had distributor representation from Belgium, Holland, Scandinavia and Switzerland in our booth. The distributors use this event as an opportunity to meet existing clients and potential new clients. Between the three distributors present, they had approximately 30 meetings with Key accounts in their regions. Additionally, we had meetings with potential distributors for UK, Spain, Germany, Dubai and South Africa as well as media.

  • July 16, 2014

    Honolulu Fish Fry 2014

    Fish Fry

    This past weekend’s fourth annual Aloha Boardshop Fish Fry was a doozy. Held at the historic birthplace of modern surfing, under the watchful eye of Duke Kahanamoku. This year’s contest featured 30 teams competing for schwag bags and bragging rights during a fun south swell . The rules are simple: surf together with your team, ride a random board based on a number you pull and have fun! [...]

  • July 14, 2014

    Hōkūleʻa Spotted Huahine

    At 7:00am on July 13th, the canoes Hōkūle’a, Hikianalia, and Fa’afaite departed Opunohu Bay, Moorea enroute for Ra’iatea. Winds were light but favorable, blowing in the east. When night hit, the canoes were faced with cloud coverage and squalls. Even after last night, early this morning around 6:15am the island of Huahine was spotted and confirmed by the Hōkūle’a and Hikiananlia. The Hōkūle’a, Hikiananlia and Fa’afaite are enroute to Ra’iatea, just a few miles past Huahine. At the current pace of the canoes,  Ra’iatea is only 12 hours away. [...]

  • July 11, 2014

    It's time for Obon!

    Obon Blog

    This month marks the beginning of the Bon Dance season in Hawaii. From July through August at Hongwanji's across the islands, families flock to dance the night away. Traditionally Obon is an annual Buddhist event for commemorating one's ancestors. [...]

  • July 7, 2014

    The Wildest Show in Honolulu

    June Blog Post

    The Wildest Show in Town at the Honolulu Zoo began it’s Summer concert series last week. Every Summer for the past 20+ years the Honolulu Zoo has been opening it’s gates to the public for one of Honolulu’s most anticipated events. Every Wednesday at 4:35pm The Honolulu Zoo welcomes guests of all ages to listen to local artists playing along with the sounds of the resident animals. For a $3 donation all can come kick back and listen to local artists  perform on stage under a big banyan tree with a sunset backdrop. [...]

  • July 1, 2014

    Team OluKai Wins Ka'iwi Challenge

    It was a great start to the weekend with light winds for the 51 mile sailing canoe race from Kaanakakai, Molokai to Kailua, O’ahu on Saturday. Marvin and Team OluKai (Marvin Otsuji, Joe Sawyer, Butch Keahiolao, Scott Wagner, Keone Miyake and Kalani Vierra) took a 6 seat plane from Kauai to Molokai, rigged the canoe and towed into the Kaiwi channel to start the race at 2:00pm. From start to finish, Team OluKai was able to hold the lead and finish off Saturday with a victory. It did not come easily with the Maui Jim canoe Tui Tonga challenging the team. After a half hour dual, Team OluKai broke away and gained sailing a minute ahead of the next competitor. [...]

  • June 27, 2014

    Montage Impressions

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    We at OluKai are honored and excited to share that our Men's Kai Ko sandal has been featured in Montage Hotels & Resorts online luxury publication, called Montage Impressions. The Kai Ko was chosen for the “Men’s Sandals” category. [...]

  • June 17, 2014

    Worldwide Voyage-Malama Honua Launch From O‘Ahu

    The Marine Education Training Center (METC) is an off campus learning facility of Honolulu Community College. It’s a multipurpose building in the industrial area of Sand Island that sits on the western edge of Honolulu Harbor leading out to the Pacific Ocean. Honolulu Community College uses the METC building to instruct students on modern and traditional marine education from boat construction, map reading, weather study, navigation and sailing. It’s also the home to Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoes, which are both used for students to learn about traditional navigation. For the past three years, the canoes have been preparing for their Worldwide Voyage, which involves both canoes sailing across Earth’s oceans to grow the global movement toward a more sustainable future. The voyage will span nearly four years, travel over 47,000 nautical miles and visit 85 ports in 26 different countries. Both canoes have no carbon footprint and will visit ports to exchange ideas and cultural knowledge to improve the care of our Island Earth. [...]

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