Each year over 1000+ paddlers from around the world compete in the Molokaʻi Hoe, the men's world championship in outrigger canoe racing. This year marks the Molokaʻi Hoe's 61st crossing of the treacherous Kaʻiwi Channel.
On October 12, 1952, three Koa outrigger canoes launch through the surf at Kawakiu Bay on Molokai's west side. Powered by six paddlers, each of the canoes was bound for Oʻahu across 38+ miles of open ocean in the Kaʻiwi Channel. Eight hours and 55 minutes later, the Molokaʻi canoe, Kukui O Lanikaula landed on the beach at Waikiki in front of the Moana Hotel. Thus began the world's most prestigious outrigger canoe race, the Molokaʻi Hoe.
The Molokaʻi Hoe has become one of the longest running annual team sporting events in Hawaiʻi, second only to football. The Molokaʻi Hoe perpetuates one of Hawaii's and Polynesia's most important and historic cultural traditions, while honoring outrigger canoe paddlers around the world. The Molokaʻi Hoe tests the limits of physical and mental strength and endurance, courage determination and teamwork, and paddlers must also battle nature's most extreme elements.
This year the Molokai Hoe will be broadcast live. Ocean Paddler TV will be airing the event on Sunday on Oceanic 16 in Hawaii.Click here for the official press release (pdf).