WHAT: The 20th anniversary of the 32-mile, one-person surf ski race
and one-person outrigger canoe race across the Kaiwi Channel,
. Referred to as the "Moloka`i
Channel," it is considered one of the most challenging
navigable channels in the world.
The event, sponsored by Starbucks Coffee, is the World Championship of blue water surfski racing, is organized and conducted by Kanaka Ikaika, Inc., Hawaii's oldest organized kayak racing club and is sanctioned by the American Canoe Association (ACA).
The international team competition - a race-within-a-race - is also
part of the
The Kala Kukea Perpetual Trophy, donated by Ocean Promotion, is in memory of the late Kala Kukea. It will be presented to the first Hawaii finisher in the 50 and over division. Kukea won this division in the 1995 Bankoh Kayak Challenge.
WHEN: - Sunday, May 18, 1997
WHO: - Male and female competitors include international Olympic and world champion surfski paddlers from around the globe, including winners from long-distance races in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Local competitors qualify through the Poa`i Puni race series conducted from mid January through early May.
1996 Returning Champion Award 1st Male Kayak ('96) $750 1st Female Kayak ('96) $750 Awarded at May 15 meeting at the Ocean Club, Restaurant Row Surfski: 1st Male Kayak $1000 1st Female Kayak $1000 2nd Male Kayak $750 3rd Male Kayak $500 4th Male Kayak $350 5th Male Kayak $250 All division winners will receive $200 One-Person Canoe: Kanaka Ikaika Karel's Fiberglass Products, Inc. TOTAL PRIZE 1st Male Canoe $750 $300 $1050 2nd Male Canoe $500 $200 $700 3rd Male Canoe $350 $100 $450 4th Male Canoe $250 5th Male Canoe $150 1st Female Canoe $750 Master's Division (open) Hekili Award: The first finisher of Hawaiian decent will receive a $250 donation to Hawaii Canoe and Kayak Team by Hekili Painting & Decorating McCabe, Hamilton & Renny Perpetual Trophy: awarded to the winning team in the International Team competition. Presentation will be made at Koko Marina. Kala Kukea Perpetual Trophy: Awarded to the Hawaii resident claiming a win in the 50 and Over Division. Presented in memory of the late Kala Kukea. Additional trophies and prizes will also be awarded at the post-race party hosted by the Ocean Club at Restaurant Row.
Thursday, May 15 - 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Ocean Club, Restaurant Row - Telephone 808-526-9888
If you would like to arranging an interview with a specific paddler or team, contact Sherri or Ann. They will be available at the Ocean Club the evening of this mandatory race meeting to assist you.
Sunday, May 18 - Beginning at 9 am
Race Start: The race begins in the water at Papohaku Roadstead in front of the Kaluakoi Hotel & Golf Club on the west end of Molokai. The One-person Canoe race will begin at 8:30 AM, followed by the Kayak race at 9 AM. Paddlers will check-in for the race beginning at 6:30 AM.
Press Room at Koko Marina: - A press facility with phones and fax machine will be open to media at Koko Marina Center in Hawaii Kai. The room is located in A Reef Adventure shop second floor between McDonald's and the Koko Marina Movie Theater.
Press Boat / Photo Opportunities / Finishline: One press boat will be standing by at the Koko Marina finish. If normal tradewinds prevail, the boat will leave the Marina at 11:30 AM, go to Koko Head for photos of paddlers coming across the channel, then return to the Marina in time for the finish. Photographers and writers need to arrange Press Boat transportation with Sherri or Ann.
Awards at Koko Marina / Ocean Club, Restaurant Row: Recognition of the top Male and Female Kayakers and One-Person Canoe Paddlers, Team winners and perpetual trophies will be awarded at Koko Marina at approximately 3 PM. The complete awards ceremony and post-race party will begin at 5 PM at the Ocean Club at Restaurant Row. Please bring your Media Pass for this private party. If you need a Guest Pass for the party, call Sherri or Ann.
Satellite Feeds: Complimentary satellite feeds of the finish are available.
Results will also be available Via WebXpress: Immediately after the race