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  • May 12, 2016

    Molokai: Where Memories Are Made

    Molokai

    Steeped in mystery and mysticism, the shark-shaped Hawaiian Island of Molokai, fifth largest and least developed of the eight inhabited islands in the 136-island chain, rises like an elegant emerald set in a sapphire sea. Molokai is just ten miles wide and only 38 miles from end to end. Showcasing many of nature’s most spectacular wonders, Molokai is home to Hawaii’s highest waterfall and largest collection of native-crafted fishponds, the world’s highest sea cliffs, deeply hidden coves, Hawaii’s longest fringe coral reef, lush rainforests, rolling sand dunes, and miles and miles of isolated golden sand beaches. [...]

  • May 10, 2016

    Hokule'a Lands in Charleston: Interview with Dan McInerny

    ZakNoyle1As we all know, OluKai has become of the most successful footwear giants in the retail marketplace. This isn’t just due to exceptional design, creative product development and excellent marketing. For over 10 years, and since day one, OluKai has made a point of giving back to the community and supporting Hawaiian culture. OluKai does this with their deep respect for the Hawaiian Islands through many diverse giveback campaigns, community donations and the desire to be more than just an ethical manufacturer. [...]

  • May 5, 2016

    Kailua-Kona: Once The Home Of Hawaiian Royalty

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    Once the home of Hawaiian royalty, the quaint seaside harbor town of Kailua features a sacred temple complex lovingly restored by King Kamehameha the Great. Kona refers to the district, not the town. Locals call the village Kailua-Kona to distinguish Big Island’s Kailua town from Kailua town on O’ahu. Kailua-Kona is known for breathtaking sunsets, world-famous Kona coffee, whale watching, and long lazy hours gazing out to sea.

    Known for silvered clouds, golden sun, soft rains, and gentle “Kona Winds” that blow in from the Southwest, Kailua-Kona is the major urban center on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii. Kailua-Kona is where King Kamehameha the Great established his royal kingdom. The Big Island is the first island, and for many Hawaiians, the Big Island remains the real Hawai’i.

    History Of Hulihe’e Palace

    In 1812, after the islands were consolidated, King Kamehameha returned to his ancestral home in Kailua-Kona, making it the headquarters for the royal kingdom. King Kamehameha lived out the last days of his life in Kona within the royal residence, dying in Hulihe’e Palace in 1819. Not long after King Kamehameha’s death, his son King Kamehameha II relocated the royal court to Honolulu, then Lahaina before finally moving the court once again back to Honolulu, leaving Hawai’I governed by Kuakini.

    During Princesses Ruth’s ownership of the property, the palace became a family retreat. The home was subsequently purchased by King Kalakaua and remained a family vacation home. The home was eventually sold in 1914, by his adopted son, Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole, to Bathsheba Allen. Allen died within a month of the purchase and never lived in the palace.

    Nestled in the very heart of Kailua, in Kona District, the royal palace is located on Ali’i (Royal) Drive. Hulihe’e Palace is also revered as the home of a sacred ancient battlefield where warriors fought fierce battles for their land and a way of life, and lost. Those warriors are now considered ghosts that wander the midnight reef, often rumored to be seen on nights of the full moon when the tides are high. They fish for ono and talk story to locals who will listen.

    For more than ten years the property was neglected and left in disrepair as the jungle reclaimed the once elegant mansion. In the mid 1920’s, the Daughters of Hawaii negotiated a lease on the property and began restoring the royal residence. Today the palace, restored as a museum and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, is open to the public.

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    Kapu Abolished

    Kailua-Kona holds the historic distinction of being the location where King Kamehameha’s successor, King Liholiho, abolished and officially broke the sacred ancient system of kapu or “things forbidden,” by sitting, talking, and eating in the presence of women.

    First Christian Church In the Hawaiian Islands

    On April 4, 1820, when he allowed the first missionaries to come ashore, King Liholiho, although he probably didn’t know it at the time, forever changed the future of the islands. The first Christian Church in the Hawaiian island was established at Mokuaikaua in 1820.

    Exploring Kailua-Kona

    The best way to explore Kailua’s historic main street, Ali’I Drive, is on foot. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Designated as a Hawai’I scenic byway with the official title of “Royal Steps Along The Kona Coast”, the route offers spectacular ocean vistas, shaded sugar sand beaches, a rich diversity of more than two dozen historical and archaeological sites, and an impressive array of dining, drink and shopping opportunities.

    Visitors can experience upcountry Kona at the old Keauhou Store. Established in 1919, the charming store proudly displays merchandise from the past as well as Kona coffee, fresh cookies, art and local crafts.

  • May 3, 2016

    Mokupuni o Hawaii: Paradise Of The Pacific

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    Floating peacefully, a brilliant colored floral lei on an azure sea, the Hawaiian Islands are a paradise immersed with a rich historical heritage, ethic diversity, fabulous food, breathtaking beauty, and an ever-evolving diversity of spectacular vistas and landscapes. [...]

  • May 2, 2016

    Spectacular finish to 8th Annual OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa

    Olukai Ho'olaule'a

    Maui’s Lauren Spalding has won every time she has competed 

    Australia’s Travis Grant takes home his first win

     Experience the Aloha Festivities:  @OluKai #OluKaiRace

    Kahului, Maui: Spectators witnessed an incredible finish to the 8th annual OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa three-day ocean festival today with Australia’s Travis Grant and Maui’s Lauren Spalding taking home the top honors and sharing the equal gender purse prize.

     The prestigious eight-mile elite OC1 and recreational OC2 race saw over 120 of the world’s best paddlers battle it out on the famous Maliko Downwind Run on Maui’s North Shore. The 2016 race produced an exciting field of the world’s top ranked pros, who rarely line-up together for short distance races.

     Paddlers couldn’t have asked for better conditions with straight out of the east 15-20 knot winds at the start, offering perfect downwind surfing.

     Travis Grant, a resident of Oahu, claimed first place in the men’s OC1 division with a time of 48:06. He has placed second numerous times in the event, but today’s win was his first.  His smile was hard to miss as he noted, “It was an all out sprint and the competition was huge.”

     “The hardest thing today was that the elite started behind everyone so we had to weave our way through- and we are not used to doing that,” said Grant referencing the staggered start. He also competed in the Stand Up Paddle division at the 8th annual OluKai Ho‘olaule‘a. “It threw me off yesterday so I planned my attack differently today.”

     Local Lauren Spalding has competed in this event three times to date and has won each time.  This race was her return to competitive form after having a baby last year. Her time of 53:25 claimed the win.

     “When you are out there, it is such a fun race. I really do think this is the race to do now,” said Spalding. “The prize money is amazing and OluKai does such a good job of making the event really fun for everyone- not just athletes.”

     “I really have to give a shoutout, my hat’s off for appreciation to OluKai ,” stated Spalding regarding the equal gender purse prize. “You really don’t see that in sports, and especially in canoe paddling.”

     The final day also included a spectacular finish of The Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association’s second race of a seven race series that will cover the entire Hawaiian island chain. Captain Donnie Jones and his crew from Kauai captured the win, while Marvin Ostuji and his OluKai team came in a close second.

     The weekend’s races drew over 500 paddlers among the different competitions. Next year’s 9th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a will be held April 28-30, 2017.

     It is not only about competition at the Ho’olaule’a. Tomorrow the OluKai team will spend the day giving back to the community as part of Ama OluKai Foundation’s mission in Hawaii.

     OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa will be filmed in HD and broadcast internationally courtesy of OluKai media partner, Ocean Paddler TV.

    Full race results available here

    For more information visit www.olukai.com/race

    2016 OluKai Ho’olaule’a OC1 Race Results

    Sunday, May 1, 2016

    Elite Men

    Place

    Name

    From

    Time

    1

    Travis Grant

    Australia

    48:06

    2

    Jimmy Austin

    Oahu, Hawaii

    48:53

    3

    Keakua Kaawa-Nolan

    Hawaii Island, Hawaii

    49:11

    4

    Rete Ebb

    Tahiti

    49:21

    5

    Manny Kulukulualani

    Oahu, Hawaii

    49:24

    6

    Matt Nottage

    Australia

    49:31

    Elite Women

    Place

    Name

    From

    Time

    1

    Lauren Spadling

    Maui, Hawaii

    53:25

    2

    Amy Woodward

    Maui, Hawaii

    56:13

    3

    Dane Ward

    Maui, Hawaii

    58:56

    4

    Fiona Van Ammers

    Maui, Hawaii

    59:08

    5

    Angie Dolan

    Oahu, Hawaii

    1:01:00

    6

    Shannon Cuadro

    Maui, Hawaii

    1:04:07

  • May 1, 2016

    Connor Baxter Defends Fifth Title, while New Women’s Champion Emerges

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    Maui’s Connor Baxter and Germany’s Sonni Hönscheid take the title for the prestigious SUP race. Record breaking number of paddlers compete in stand up paddle competition, and award winning band The Green closes out the festival with surprise performance

    Maui did not disappoint for day two of the 8th annual OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa three-day ocean festival with local Connor Baxter and new women’s champion Sonni Hönscheid taking home the gender equal prize purse of $15,000.

    The prestigious eight-mile Stand Up Paddle (SUP) race saw over 325 of the world’s elite paddlers battle it out on the famous Maliko Downwind Run on Maui’s North Shore, the highest amount of contenders in this race to date.

    Thirty mile per hour gusts of wind and consistent waist-high downwind waves made for conditions described as one of the most epic yet.

    Baxter clocked an impressive 47:41 for his fifth consecutive win of the OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa Elite Men’s SUP division.

    The race had a new format this year with a staggered start for each division to improve the overall race experience. “The most challenging part of this new race was definitely the new start because you don’t have that perfect line up and straight shot to the finish. It required a little more strategy” said Baxter.

     “Not only was today’s OluKai race the most epic conditions, but was stacked with some of the best competitors in the world” Baxter said.

    New champion Sonni Hönscheid, hailing from Germany, has competed in this race four times, even placing second last year, but this is her first championship title. 

    “It was first of all fun, the conditions were amazing- and then it was a challenge because there were a lot of really good paddlers out there and it was hard to keep up with them. It was a really fun race” said Hönscheid.

    Competitors represented over 18 countries including the Mainland U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Israel, Puerto Rico, French Polynesia and the Virgin Islands.

     The day kicked off with the three mile ‘Ohana Fun Paddle prior to the elite SUP race with over 50 racers in competition.

     The atmosphere of celebration was alive at the finish line with traditional Hawaiian games, a lū‘au and live music by surprise guests The Green, who played an hour long set to the crowd.

    Everyone is invited to join in the festivities for the final day of OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa tomorrow, Sunday May 1. The elite OC1 and OC2 competition will take to the ocean, together with another full day of free family fun. The Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association will stage a spectacular finish to the weekend on the shores of Kanaha Beach Park.  Full race results available here

    For more information visit www.olukai.com/race

    2016 OluKai Ho’olaule’a SUP Race Results

    Saturday, April 30, 2016

     Elite Men 

    Place

    Name

    From

    Time

    Pace/Mile

    1

    Connor Baxter

    Maui, Hawaii

    47:41

    5:58

    2

    Mo Freitas

    Oahu, Hawaii

    49:14

    6:10

    3

    Matt Nottage

    Australia

    49:41

    6:13

    4

    Travis Grant

    Australia

    49:53

    6:15

    5

    James Casey

    Australia

    50:08

    6:16

    6

    David Kalama

    Maui, Hawaii

    50:17

    6:18

    Elite Women

    Place

    Name

    From

    Time

    Pace/Mile

    1

    Sonni Hönscheid

    Germany

    57:12

    7:10

    2

    Kathy Shipman

    Maui, Hawaii

    57:49

    7:14

    3

    Terrene Black

    Australia

    1:00:01

    7:31

    4

    Devin Blish

    Maui, Hawaii

    1:00:30

    7:34

    5

    Amy Woodward

    Oahu, Hawaii

    1:00:38

    7:35

    6

    Taila Decoite

    Maui, Hawaii

    1:01:38

    7:43

  • April 29, 2016

    Pa'ia: Artistic Oasis, Ocean Paradise

    OKpaiaWhether you’re visiting Pa’ia on vacation, or if you’re headed to Maui’s North Shore for the 2016 8th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a, you’re in for a big treat!

    Just eight miles Northeast from the Kahului Airport sit’s Maui’s #1 favorite beach town, Pa’ia. This historic Maui town has so much aloha flavor exuding from it, you won’t know where to start. As the main hub of the North Shore, Pa’ia is where the community gets together for shopping, dining, bar hopping, dancing, experiencing local culture, perusing art galleries, and otherwise enjoying all Maui life has to offer. [...]

  • April 27, 2016

    What is EVA?

     

    L1001084 When shopping for leather shoes and other types of footwear, one of the most common questions people ask is about midsoles—specifically, what is EVA?

    EVA, chemically speaking, is Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate, an elastic co-polymer very similar to rubber and also used in household and industrial applications. EVA is considered environmentalyly friendly in that it doesn’t use chlorine in its production, and can be recycled into products such as playgrounds or industrial mats. Because it is man-made and animal friendly, it is commonly used in vegan shoes. [...]

  • April 22, 2016

    5 Best Food Trucks In Maui

    truck3When on Maui, there are a ton of great places to eat ranging from roadside vendors to fine dining. Maui is quickly becoming known for its awesome food truck scene. When sightseeing or taking a break from Maui's amazing beach life, look out for these 5 best food trucks in Maui for fresh eats, innovative menus, and the taste of the islands [...]

  • April 20, 2016

    Hōkūleʻa Lands in South Florida, March 2016

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    A familiar sound extends across the sea, landward, to the ears of people walking the beaches last month in South Florida. The sound brings deep feelings of beginnings, of celebration. Standing on the deck of the Hōkūleʻa, a crewmember blows into a pū—the Hawaiian name for conch shell—trumpeting their arrival.

    The Hōkūleʻa is on a Worldwide Voyage, sharing the principles of Mālama Honua—"caring for our Island Earth." She departed Hawaiʻi in May of 2014. The voyage, weaving a "Lei of Hope" around the world, has encompassed 12 countries and over 55 ports to-date. Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, said this voyage presents an opportunity to share stories and indigenous knowledge with people around the world who are engaged in sustainable practices. [...]

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