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Inter-Island Races in Hawaii

Information about races across the channels that separate the islands of Hawaii. Includes canoeing and paddleboarding races between the islands of Molokai, Oahu, and Maui.

Molokai to Oahu Races

Molokai Hoe
(outrigger canoe men)
This race across the Kaiwi Channel from Molokai to Oahu is considered the world championships of men's long distance outrigger canoe racing. The October event begins at Hale O Lono Harbor on Molokai and ends at Duke Kahanamoku Beach in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel in Waikiki.

Na Wahine O Ke Kai (outrigger canoe women)
This race is the women's answer to the Molokai Hoe and it is considered the world championships of women's long distance outrigger canoe racing. The September event begins at Hale O Lono Harbor on Molokai and ends at Duke Kahanamoku Beach in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel in Waikiki.

Kaiwi Channel Relay (outrigger canoe)
The Kaiwi Channel Relay is a 40 mile one and two person canoe relay race that begins on the island of Molokai and ends on the island of Oahu. Paddlers usually leave Molokai about 9:00 a.m. and they arriving near Magic Island in Honolulu at about 2:00 p.m. The post-race awards ceremony and celebration at Ala Moana Beach Park features good food and live entertainment and it usually lasts until about 6:00 p.m.

Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race (paddleboard)
the 12th annual Quiksilveredition Molokai to Oahu Paddleboarding Race from Molokai to Oahu took place on July 27, 2008.

Molokai to Maui Races

Molokai Challenge Solo Race (sailboarding and kite canoeing)
Every summer windsurfers, kite surfers, kite canoes, and kite catamarans attempt to cross the Pailolo Channel between Maui and Molokai, which is one of the windiest and roughest channels in the Hawaiian Islands. The event is called the "Molokai Challenge" and it is a benefit for Molokai's Youth in Motion Program. The 2009 Molokai Challenge will take place on May 17, 2009.

Maui to Molokai Races

Pailolo Challenge
Six person outrigger canoe race from Maui to Molokai.

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