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  • May 31, 2016

    Anywhere Aloha in Outside Magazine

    If you haven't already, pick up a copy of June's Outside Magazine and flip over to pages 64-69. The gracious eds over at Outside must have really digged our summer styles. Good to hear because we're dig it too. Thanks Outside for the sweet pickup!

  • May 27, 2016

    5 of the Most Intriguing Waterfalls Of Hawaii  

    waterafllsWorld-famous for their incredible natural beauty, the islands of Hawaii offer jungle covered cliffs, canyons, ravines, rainforests, deserts, some of the most active volcanoes in the world, unique fauna and flora found nowhere else on earth, the wettest spot in the world, and some of the planets highest and most scenic waterfalls. [...]

  • May 24, 2016

    What To Look For In a Leather Boot

    OKboot Despite being known worldwide for its leather sandals, OluKai has also made a name for itself in leather boots. Taking the comfort of a leather sandal and creating a leather boot that is just as stylish was no easy feat, but it's what we do here. 

    Here’s a quick rundown of what to look for in a leather boot. [...]

  • May 19, 2016

    Visitor's Guide to 6 Towns Unique Hawaiian Towns


    There are far more spectacular towns in Hawaii than six, but here we'll stick with a sampling. As you're about to pack three pair of your OluKai sandals (slippahs, if you're in the know) for a trip to Hawai'i, know that in true island spirit we are dying to linger and talk story with each town. Curbing one's storytelling—talking in snapshots—when there's so much to tell can prove challenging around the Hawaiian luau, but such is the way of the modern world. Now, where will you go? [...]

  • May 17, 2016

    Safety First: Staying Safe On Your Dream Getaway

    OKsafeWith a worldwide reputation for some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, Hawaii’s beaches are also among the most dangerous in the world. Never turn your back on the unforgiving sea. Monster waves, strong currents, shore hazards, and life-threatening sea creatures can turn a dream vacation into a nightmare. [...]

  • May 12, 2016

    Molokai: Where Memories Are Made


    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

    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


    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

    2016 OluKai Ho’olaule’a OC1 Race Results

    Sunday, May 1, 2016

    Elite Men






    Travis Grant




    Jimmy Austin

    Oahu, Hawaii



    Keakua Kaawa-Nolan

    Hawaii Island, Hawaii



    Rete Ebb




    Manny Kulukulualani

    Oahu, Hawaii



    Matt Nottage



    Elite Women






    Lauren Spadling

    Maui, Hawaii



    Amy Woodward

    Maui, Hawaii



    Dane Ward

    Maui, Hawaii



    Fiona Van Ammers

    Maui, Hawaii



    Angie Dolan

    Oahu, Hawaii



    Shannon Cuadro

    Maui, Hawaii


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