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  • September 3, 2010

    39th Annual Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe Race

    September 4, 5 & 6, 2010 – Labor Day weekend – paddlers from all over the world gathered for the 39th annual Queen Lili‘uokalani Canoe Races held on the beautiful Kona Coast. OluKai was proud to be a sponsor for the largest long distance canoe race in the world, attracting dozens of canoe halau (clubs) and hundreds of paddlers from Hawaii and beyond. The event features single hull, double hull and individual races along with a torchlight parade, dance and luau awards ceremony. [...]

  • August 20, 2010

    Na Holo Kai Sailing Canoe Race: Oahu to Kauai

    The 23rd annual Na Holo Kai Sailing Canoe Race was held on August 21st 2010. The sailing series-leader Olukai team continued it dominance by paddling and surfing their way to a near record winning time across the K'ie'iewaho channel in 7 hours and 13 minutes. With no wind off the start, the team of Tyrus Siale, Scott Wagner,Chris Piko, Butch Keahiolalo, Jason Dameron and Marvin Otsuji battled their way to a lead off of Kaiena Point and the team was never challenged again. The race was the first crossing for Tyrus Siale and Chris Piko , 3rd for Scott Wagner but the 23rd crossing for Marvin Otsuji, who has participated in the race every year since its' inception. Combining the experience of Marvin Otsuji, Butch Keahiolalo and Jason Dameron with the paddling power of Scott, Tyrus and Chris, the team created much too large of an obstacle for the rest of the fleet to overcome. [...]

  • August 14, 2010

    OluKai Supports the 2010 Hawaii State Junior Lifeguard Championships

    After two months of rigorous water safety training, over 200 qualifying teens from across the Hawaiian island chain gathered for the annual statewide safety conference and to compete in this year's Junior Lifeguard Championships held August 14 at Kalapaki Beach, Kauai.

    Teams from Maui, Kauai, the Big Island, and Oahu came together with high anticipation for the day's rigorous athletic events designed to showcase the skills they learned from summer training. [...]

  • July 9, 2010

    Never a Dull Moment for Team Kamakakoa

    Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association race number 3

    There's never a dull moment for Team Kamakaoa. The 3rd race in the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association series took place on July 10th and 11th. Team Kamakakoa took the early lead to Laau Point, but had trouble steering the boat due to some rigging problems. The collateral damage: 2 broken hoops, a broken hand pump, a bottle cap stuck in the self bailer, 2 paddles lost and had the rigging slip onto the wrong side of the canoe. Despite the mechanical difficulties, the team managed to keep up until the last 1/4 mile. After taking an aggressive line next to the surf, they got pinned in the current against the rocks. All in all, not the smoothest day of sailing, but the team forged on.

    On Sunday, order was restored and a new winning streak began. They established an early lead taking an aggressive line through the surf. Team Kamakakoa hit the wind-line ahead of everyone. Donnie Jones and the Tui Tonga challenged them off Sunset Beach, but the paddlers kicked in and Team Kamakakoa crossed the finish line for the win. Needless to say, after Saturday's challenges, the team was very determined to make a statement!

  • June 24, 2010

    The Williams Photography Showcase

    On June 25th, OluKai hosted the Williams Photography Showcase at the SEED People's Market in Costa Mesa. The purpose of the event was to bring people together to celebrate the beauty and history of Hawaii through this stunning photography exhibit. Guests from all over the globe were on hand to celebrate this important collection. [...]

  • June 23, 2010

    Jimmy Hickok is Going to Maui!

    Congratulations to Jimmy Hickok, winner of OluKai's Passage to Maui promotion, whose winning entry was made at Surf Specialties in Galveston, Texas. "I can't believe it. I've never won anything in my life. I'm so stoked!" Jimmy is sharing the aloha by bringing along guest James Fulbright, owner and founder of Surf Specialties. [...]

  • June 4, 2010

    Setting Records, Congratulations Team Kamakakoa!!!!

    It was an exciting day for the OluKai sailing canoe team, Team Kamakakoa, as they take both legs of the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association Race Series #2. The race began at Kahului Harbor on the north shore of Maui and swept around the West Maui Mountains to finish one mile a head of Waa Tui Tonga at Ka’anaplai Beach on the southwest shore of Maui. Team Kamakakoa raced approximately 40 miles in a record time of 2 hours and 25 minutes. [...]

  • May 16, 2010

    Save The Date - 3rd Annual OluKai Ho'olaule'a

    The 3rd annual OluKai Ho'olaule'a will be held May 14-15, 2011. Check back soon for more information. Watch the video below for coverage of last year's event. [...]

  • May 16, 2010

    2010 OluKai Ho'olaule'a

    A quick video recap of 2010 OluKai Ho'olaule'a, courtesy of our friends at Ocean Paddler TV. [...]

  • May 13, 2010

    Getting In Some Training Runs for the Ho’olaule’a

    The Ho’olaule’a is quickly approaching and paddlers are kicking it into gear to get trained and race ready. This past Saturday, Suzie Cooney (www.suzietrainsmaui.com) organized a Maliko practice run for paddlers to get some miles in on the famous downwinder. [...]

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