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2017 Hui Wa‘a Regatta Schedule

Date Day Event Place
June 3 Saturday  Manu O Ke Kai Hale‘iwa
June 10 Saturday  Kalihi Kai Ke‘ehi
June 17 Saturday  Windward Kai Kailua
June 24 Saturday  ‘Ālapa Hoe Ke‘ehi
July 1 Saturday  Lōkahi Ke‘ehi 
July 8 Saturday  Nā Keiki O Ka Mō‘i Ma‘ili Beach 
July 15 Saturday  Waikiki Beach Boys Waikīkī 
July 22 Saturday  Hui Wa‘a Championship Ke‘ehi 
August 5 Saturday  HCRA State Championship Hanakao‘o Beach Park, Maui

All Hui Wa‘a regattas for 2017 will be run on Saturdays.

Keep in mind that parking and traffic may be difficult at many regatta sites. Ke‘ehi Lagoon generally has ample parking, but other locations can be very congested. Be sure to allow yourself enough time for travel and to find parking.

We have a responsibility to keep our race venues clean and in good repair. When you are setting up and taking down your tents, please make sure you do not drive on the grass, especially at Ke‘ehi Lagoon. Remember that dogs are generally not allowed on our beaches. During and after each regatta please ensure that your area is clean.

Lane drawing for regattas is scheduled for the Tuesday prior to each regatta. Club reps draw lanes for the events they plan to enter. Competitive divisions are based on the number of events a club enters:
  • “A” for 6 to 12 events,
  • “AA” for 13 to 24 events and
  • “AAA” for 25 or more events.

Trophies are awarded to the top three clubs in each division. In the event of a tie, a coin toss will determine which club receives the trophy.


2017 Long Distance Race Schedule

Date Day Event Course
Aug 7 Sunday  Edie Van Gieson Classic/Leeward Kai Sand Island - Nanakuli
Aug 19 Saturday  Duke Kahanamoku: women/Lanikai CC Kailua Beach - Waikīkī
Aug 20 Sunday  Duke Kahanamoku: men/Lanikai CC Kailua Beach - Waikīkī
Aug 26 Saturday  Kailua Bay Challenge: men/Kailua CC Kailua Beach Park
Aug 27 Sunday  Dad Center Race: women/Outrigger CC Kailua Beach - OCC
Aug 31 - Sep 4 Thu/Sun  Queen Lili‘uokalani Races/Kai Opua CC Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i Island
Sep 10 Sunday  E Lau Hoe: women/OHCRA Maunalua Bay - Nanakuli
Sep 17 Sunday  Henry Ayau Memorial: men/Hui Lanakila Maunalua Bay - Nanakuli
Sep 24 Sunday  Na Wahine O Ke Kai: women Moloka‘i - O‘ahu
Oct 8 Sunday  Moloka‘i Hoe: men/OHCRA Moloka‘i - O‘ahu

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 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.


2017 Hui Wa‘a Pre-season Distance Schedule

Date Day Event Place
4/1 Sat   Windward Kai Ke‘ehi Lagoon
4/8 Sat   Hui Wa‘a Kailua Beach Park  
4/15 Sat   Manu O Ke Kai Hale‘iwa  
4/22 Sat   ‘Ōlelo Sand Island  
4/29 Sat   Ka Mō‘i Pokai Bay
5/6 Sat   Kumūlokahi Hawaii Kai - Magic Island
5/13 Sat   Kamaha‘o Iroquois Point
5/20 Sat   Kai Poha Hale‘iwa
5/27 Sat   Hui Wa‘a Ke‘ehi Lagoon

Hui Wa‘a distance races are between about 6 and 12 miles in length and average from about an hour to an hour and a half to complete. These races are all “iron,” that is, there are no water changes required.

As well as kicking off the season, these races serve as fundraisers for the clubs sponsoring them. All Hui Wa‘a member clubs are required to enter at least as many crews as there are races in the current season. For example, if there are nine pre-season distance races in a season, then each club must enter at least nine crews over the course of the season. A club’s obligation could be met by racing nine crews in a single event or by entering one crew in each event of the season.