Maui Race Series 2013

Photo Harry Wiewel

Photo Harry Wiewel

The Maui Race Series kicks off the 2013 season today at Kanaha Beach Park.

This is the 29th year that the series has been staged making it one of the longest running competitions in windsurfing!

Some of the very best professional sailors in slalom make an appearance every year along with some fiercly competitive amateurs. But it’s not just the big boys and girls that get to play. There are a total of 8 classes for sailors of all ages. The result is a race series full of action and surprises.

Photo Harry Wiewel

Photo Harry Wiewel

The Maui Race Series is a series of five windsurfing race events held every summer at Kanaha Park in Maui, Hawaii. Maui typically has strong, dependable trade winds in the summer months, and a year-round population of hard-core windsurfers, including many past,  present, and future pros, so the conditions are good and the competition is intense.

Hi-Tech Surf Sports is the organizer of the Maui Race Series. Any questions regarding registration, rules, etc. should be directed to them at (808) 877-2111.

June 1 • Da Kine Classic
June 15 • Carbon Art Challenge
June 29 • Meanline Fins Slalom
July 13 • Quiksilver Cup
July 27 • Neil Pryde Hawaii State Championship

You should be able to catch some action (at least 1 bouy) on our Kanaha Cam around 11.00am HST.

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Days of Swell and Light winds.

sup49Ahhhh….what a great week.

South side swells of a really decent size have kept us all busy.

Now the wind has dropped and it’s back to some great paddling action on the North Shore.

These conditions should prevail for the next few days so get out your surf board, SUP, canoe or kayak and hit the water.

It’s a wonderful time to be on Maui!

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A Celebration of The Ocean and The Cultures That Surround It.

olukailogoOluKai kicks off its 5th annual Ho’olaule’a on May 11-12 in Maui, Hawaii. This unique ocean festival brings together the world’s best paddlers to race the legendary 8-mile Maliko downwind run for a chance to win the gender equal prize money of $15,000. To celebrate the competition and OluKai’s ‘Ohana Giveback partners, this year’s entertainment will bring six ofHawaii’s top musical recording artists on one stage, culminating in a night of island music history.

Ho’olaule’a Schedule of Event

Saturday, May 11, 2013

08:00am - ‘Ohana Fun Paddle Check-In at Paia Youth & Cultural Center
09:00am - ‘Ohana Fun Paddle, Paia Bay to Kanaha Beach Park
10:00am
to 3:00pm
- Free Sailing Canoe Rides, Surfing Canoes, SUP Demos, & Ancient
Hawaiian Games Hosted by Maui Cultural Lands at Kanaha Beach Park
10:00am - SUP Race Check-In at Maliko Gulch
11:30am - Pule, opening blessing, at Maliko Gulch
12:00pm - SUP Race – Maliko to Kanaha Beach Park
01:30pm - Luau and Entertainment
02:30pm - SUP Awards Ceremony
04:00pm - Special Musical Guest

Sunday, May 12, 2013

10:00am - OC1 & OC2 Race Check-In at Maliko Gulch
11:00am
to 2:00pm
- Free Sailing Canoe Rides, Surfing Canoes, & Ancient Hawaiian Games
Hosted by Maui Cultural Lands at Kanaha Beach Park
11:30am - Pule, opening blessing, at Maliko Gulch
12:00pm - OC1 & OC2 Race – Maliko to Kanaha Beach Park
01:30pm - Racer Lunch & Live Music
02:00pm - OC1 & OC2 Awards Ceremony
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OluKai 5th Annual Ho’olaule’a Ocean Festival

Ho'olaule'a 2012. (PRNewsFoto/OluKai)

Ho’olaule’a 2012. (PRNewsFoto/OluKai)

OluKai kicks off its 5th annual Ho’olaule’a on May 11-12 in Maui, Hawaii. This unique ocean festival brings together the world’s best paddlers to race the legendary 8-mile Maliko downwind run for a chance to win the gender equal prize money of $15,000. To celebrate the competition and OluKai’s ‘Ohana Giveback partners, this year’s entertainment will bring six of Hawaii’s top musical recording artists on one stage, culminating in a night of island music history.

OluKai’s Ho’olaule’a perfectly blends elite competition with family-friendly and traditional cultural activities. This one-of-a-kind festival gathers communities to enjoy canoe sailing, surfing, ancient Hawaiian games, luau, hula, and live music. As the original footwear brand behind the sport, OluKai is pleased to attract the biggest names in SUP (stand up paddle), OC1 and new for this year, OC2 paddlers. Athletes last year included names like Connor Baxter , Andrea Moller and Travis Grant .

Making music history, the Saturday night concert will include performances by six of the top Hawaiian artists in an authentic backyard style Hawaiian Kanikapila; a style of Hawaiian music produced in an impromptu jam session. Paula Fuga, Kimie Miner, Justin Young , Ekolu Kalama and Hawaii’s hottest female recording artist and longtime OluKai brand partner, Anuhea along with Billboard’s #1 Reggae artist, Mishka will all play their original hits as well as special selections, traditional and modern, in various configurations with each other.

Along with over 2,000 event participants and festivalgoers, this year OluKai will host employees, sales reps and retailers from across the country, introducing them to Hawaiian culture through Ho’olaule’a. “As a company we believe that everyone, no matter where they are, can live Aloha. This event brings together friends and family from all areas of the country giving us the opportunity to share ‘Ohana and honor our giveback partners,” says Kerry Konrady director of marketing at OluKai. “One of the most important roles of ‘Ohana is the passing along of shared history and hard-won wisdom to the next generation. All the organizations participating in our Giveback Program are actively involved in this connection of past and future.”

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Paddle Imua brings action, fun and a helping hand for children with special needs!

paddleimua logoJoin us today for a day of racing and fun at Paddle Imua presented by Bluesmiths.

You will be able to see the action from our cams starting around 1.30pm.

The race is open to paddle disciplines in: Stand-up Paddle, OC1 and Paddleboard.

Open to men and women of all ages.

Race Schedule:
10:00 a.m. – Check-in begins at Maliko Gulch. All racers will be required to complete and sign a race waiver at check-in if they have not done so already.

12:15 a.m. – Mandatory safety briefing and race blessing for all competitors.
1:00 p.m. – First race starts. (staggered water starts in Maliko Gulch)
4:30 pm. = Race awards and prize-draw .

Ohana Festival Schedule and Events:

12:00 p.m. – Keiki Fun begins. Keiki activities provided by Pacific Whale Foundation
2:15 p.m. – First racers expected across the line.
3:00 p.m. – Food provided by Sansei Seafood restaurant and Sushi Bar, Beer Garden sponsored by Maui Brewing Company and live music starts. Food will also be available for purchase by spectators for $10 on the day.
1:00-4:00 p.m. – Silent Auction and lucky number draw, come and bid on some incredible items and help us raise more money for Camp Imua!
4:00 p.m.- The First Annual Imua Dash Fun SUP Relay directly after the main Paddle Imua Race! Sign ups available on paddleimua.com or at Hawaiian Canoe Club on Race Day!

See you there!

Camp Imua, a program of Imua Family Services, brings the community and children with special needs together for a free weeklong, overnight recreational camp each summer. The Camp gives school-age children with “special abilities” opportunities to try new activities and connect with others. It gives volunteers opportunities to connect with the children and to give back to the community. Camp Imua also gives the children’s caregivers much needed time off. Fifty children attend and at least 150 community volunteers and numerous businesses from restaurants, helicopter companies, and live bands make Camp Imua memorable and fun for all. Camp Imua 2013 is scheduled for June 7-14.

Paddle Imua, a Benefit held on May 4, 2013 specifically for Camp Imua, is an exciting annual fund raising event that celebrates the lives of special needs children by embracing our connection to the ocean, which defines our sense of place, “Hawaii’i nei”.

Made possible with title Sponsorship from Bluesmiths Crafted Waterwear, Hawaiian Canoe Club, and support from various athletes, and Maui business, Paddle Imua is a stand up paddle and OC1 discipline, fun, open ocean race. The race spans nearly ten miles of Maui’s beautiful North Shore from Maliko Gulch and finishes at Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului, Harbor. Paddle Imua is the premier kick off race and party to Maui’s long distance SUP season. After the race an Ohana Celebration takes place at Hawaiian Canoe Club. Live music, keiki activites, silent auction and a beer garden sponsored by Maui Brewing Company, make the day festive and memorable.

Paddle Imua’s vision is to transform Camp Imua’s 37 historic years here on Maui and create a physical embodiment of the Hawaiian word Imua (‘to move forward’), since the word comes from the water and paddling “Paddle Imua” is meant to help move Camp Imua forward for many years to come. One of the unique aspects of this water competition on Maui is that the competitors will also be given the opportunity to mix and mingle with the special needs children of Camp Imua at the finish of the race and give the kids some water sports exposure and inspiration to live out their dreams.

Proceeds from Paddle Imua directly benefit Camp Imua and cover the cost of nutritious meals, campground rental, transportation, medical supplies and the many activities enjoyed at Camp! Camp Imua is a program of Imua Family Services.

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