Mark your calendars for one of Hawai'i's most fun canoe races — the Pailolo Challenge

Posted by Staff Writer on Monday, September 10th, 2018 at 9:17am.

Ready, set, go be sure to mark your calendars for one of Hawai’i’s most celebrated canoe races.

On Sept. 15, paddlers from across the globe will head to DT Fleming Beach in Kapalua, Maui for the Pailolo Challenge, which is known as one of the most fun canoe races in the Aloha State. The race spans from the beach in Kapalua all the way to Kaunakakai, Moloka’i.

Teams of six paddlers flock from across the world, coming as far as Australia and Canada to test themselves against challenging channel crossing conditions. The race spans 26 miles across the Pailolo Channel, notorious for being one of the windiest and roughest in the Hawaiian Islands.

But that doesn’t stop hundreds of people from participating. And despite being one of the trickiest crossings in the state, the winning teams can often finish the race in about 2.5 hours.

The Pailolo Challenge is organized and staffed by Hawaiian Canoe Club. The club’s mission is to “perpetuate and preserve the art of Hawaiian canoe paddling by providing an environment rooted in traditional Hawaiian values that promote personal growth, character development, and achievement in physical fitness.”

To learn more about the event, visit We hope to see you there!

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