Paddlers in Hawaii are well aware of KIRA and its mission to promote paddling. On the mainland, however, we are not up to snuff on the different racing associations in Hawaii and their history. KIRA is dedicated to paddling and healthy competition. Kialoa's own Jim Foti is the race director and has created an amazing race series with multiple divisions, prizes, and motivation for all to participate. The first race was held on January 6th with thirteen additional races throughout the KIRA series. Stay tuned as we report on each race as the series continues.
Kanaka Ikaika Racing Association (KIRA) is Hawaii’s premier paddling organization dedicated to promote and perpetuate ocean paddle sports in Hawaii since 1976. An organization by paddlers, for paddlers, we encourage a lifelong healthy lifestyle that will support paddle athletes at all levels to foster competition, sportsmanship, and develop confidence. KIRA supports and promotes health and wellness of our community while helping to maintain and perpetuate our island culture and heritage, as well as to help preserve, protect and enhance Hawaii’s coastal environment.
A core purpose of KIRA is:
(1) To improve the lives and promote the personal excellence of the community, including our youth, families and athletes at all levels, through recreational and amateur ocean paddle sports by conducting and supporting sports activities that increase personal capabilities and promote character development and life-enhancing values;
(2) To promote, encourage and give direction to local and national interest in and appreciation for the social, cultural and spiritual aspects of Hawaii and increase the self-esteem and cultural identity of our youth and community through instruction in Hawaiian history, culture and values; and
(3) To preserve, protect and enhance Hawaii’s natural resources by educating Hawaii’s youth and community on the importance of protecting the Island’s coastal environment and developing learning methods that promote and facilitate a deeper understanding of Hawaiian culture and values as they relate to the environment and its protection.
KIRA organizes a racing series from January through May which includes the Molokai Challenge from Molokai to Oahu. KIRA also organizes the inaugural Moku Manu Hoe Wa’a in August and the second annual Na Wahine Ikaika in October.
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