Due to the continued effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hui Wa‘a 2021 race schedule has been modified to allow NOONHW clubs to participate in iron races from 6 to 12 miles long. Most but not all long distance races have been cancelled for 2021.
Hui Wa‘a is organized exclusively for the following purposes:
- To maintain and perpetuate Hawaiian culture through the promotion of Hawaiian water sports;
- To teach, train, instruct, and expose children, men and women in the ancient art, craft and history of Hawaiian canoeing;
- To provide means and facilities for activities tending to foster the development and maintenance of strong and healthy minds, bodies and spirits among all people;
- To provide opportunities for the interaction and communion of people in the interest of mental and social well-being.
2021 Hui Wa‘a Race Schedule
|6/19||Sat||Hui Wa‘a||Maunalua Bay|
|7/10||Sat||‘Ālapa Hoe||Sand Island|
|7/24||Sat||Windward Kai||Sand Island|
|8/7||Sat||Hui Wa‘a||Sand Island|
|8/21||Sat||Ka Mamalahoe||Sand Island|
|9/11||Sat||Manu O Ke Kai||Hale‘iwa|
|9/25||Sat||Elks||Maunalua Bay - Magic Island|
|10/30||Sat||Hui Wa‘a||Maunalua Bay - Sand Island|
We have adopted a modified race schedule for 2021 as we hope for a return to our regular schedule next year.
These races are all iron and will range from 6 miles to 12 miles. With Ke‘ehi Lagoon currently unavailable most of our races begin and end at Sand Island.
2021 Long Distance Race Schedule
|8/14||Sat||Na Pali Challenge||Hanalei Bay - Kikiaola, Kaua‘i|
|9/2 - 9/5||Thu/Sun||Queen Lili‘uokalani Races/Kai Opua CC||Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i Island|
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to the cancellation of most 2021 distance races, including Na Wahine O Ke Kai and Moloka‘i Hoe. A few races may be scheduled, but may be restricted to Hawai‘i-based clubs, such as the Na Pali Challenge. Please check the websites of the sponsoring organizations for updates.
More generally, long distance races range in length from the 18 mile Queen Lili‘uokalani Races to the 41.6 mile Ka‘iwi Channel crossings. Most races involve water changes, in which up to 3 paddlers at a time (six at a time for upper age group crews) are rotated in and out of the canoe while the rest of the crew continues paddling. Water changes add a level of complexity to distance racing, making it important that each crew is able to perform fast and efficient changes for the duration of the race.
The Ka‘iwi Channel races from Moloka‘i to O‘ahu, Na Wahine O Ke Kai for women and Moloka‘i Hoe for men, involve paddling in open ocean conditions, for which the Hawaiian outrigger canoe was designed. These races allow our canoes and crews to perform at their limits. Canoes are rigged with spray covers (“canvas”) and must have escort boats to carry extra crew members, coaches and helpers.