September 06, 2017

We are always looking for new, fun races to do with our friends and teammates. Most of us have done all of the big races multiple times and are on the lookout for something different. If you have never done Pailolo, this may be the race for you.


Whether you are traveling from Hilo or Hong Kong, what makes you come back to race the Pailolo Challenge?

Growing up as a paddler, there were always certain distance races that stuck out: Queen Lili’oukalani, Catalina, Na Wahine O Ke Kai and Moloka’i Hoe. Not until the past decade, has the Pailolo Challenge been a top option for 6-man distance races. In the 1970-90’s, it was a run that my grandparents used to do to get their canoes over to Moloka’i for the Ka’iwi Channel races. They said it was such a fun training race; good preparation for the following weekend.

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