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Aloha Kakou,

Welcome to the Na Wahine O Ke Kai! Whether you're a local paddler or a visitor from afar, we extend a warm welcome to this year's race. We hope your experience is nothing short of memorable. With deep appreciation, we mark our return to the Kaiwi Channel races after a five-year hiatus, during which we've carefully observed and responded to our community's needs in the wake of COVID and the Lahaina Wildfires. Central to our mission is the cherished relationship we hold with the Host Island of Molokai. Since 1952, we've gathered as an 'ohana wa'a, embracing the heart of our sport here on Molokai. Over the decades, what began as a local tradition has evolved into a global celebration of our culture, with paddlers from around the world looking to Molokai as the sacred starting point and pinnacle race to aspire to participate in. As we embark on this journey, let us remember that we come to Molokai as guests, and it's our privilege to honor the rich heritage and culture of the canoe that Molokai graciously shares with us.


During the hiatus from racing, OHCRA has collaborated closely with Molokai community leaders to enhance the race experience and community engagement. We've addressed community needs and concerns while navigating supply chain challenges. Please plan ahead and support local vendors for crew necessities. Proper disposal of waste is essential; utilize the provided dumpsters at Hale O Lono and hospitality areas. Crews, escort boats, and support staff must honor Molokai community requests throughout the race. Failure to comply may lead to penalties, including race disqualification. It's imperative for all coaches and paddlers to familiarize themselves with the updated Molokai Hoe Race Rules to avoid penalties, disqualification, or future race exclusion determined by the Race Director.


We invite you to join us for the Na Wahine O Ke Kai Expo/Paddler Registration Night, Monday September 23rd at the Alohilani Hotel - meet paddlers from around the world, get your official Molokai Hoe merchandise, join in on media interviews and kick off the week long festivities. To expedite registration, ensure all paddlers complete the necessary forms—HCRA Waiver, Promotional Rights Waiver & Agreement (Form MH002), and Dock Liability & Hold Harmless Agreement (Form MH003)—available on the registration website. Please bring all required documentation for expedited processing. Clubs from outside Hawai'i must provide insurance documentation from their paddling association or opt for coverage under our HCRA Insurance Policy by signing the HCRA Waiver at $35 per person. Mandatory insurance coverage can be supplemented for crew members during payment.


Please join us at the finish line at Duke Kahanamoku Beach, fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Welcome our paddlers to Oahu with live music and performances, and enjoy the awards ceremony and festivities. Bring your family and friends to celebrate the accomplishments of all the crews and share in the excitement of the day. Please note that parking is limited, so we encourage ride-sharing and carpooling to accommodate race finish production. We encourage you to share the live Broadcast with action on and off the water captured by Emmy award winning Salt + Air Studios on KHII and KHON2 and streaming on social media.


The 2024 Molokai Channel Committee has important updates for your planning. Please check the Race Schedule for details about the events leading up to race day. For additional questions, we invite you email info@nawahineokekai.com

Wishing you all the best as you take on the Kaiwi Channel, and may your journey be safe and filled with camaraderie on the water. Remember, as you paddle, you carry the torch of our sport's heritage and legacy. It is our kuleana to demonstrate strong Hawaiian values and sportsmanship, inspiring and fueling the perpetuation of our sport for generations to come.

Mahalo NUI,

Luana Froiseth  - Race Director

Our Sponsors

OHCRA would like to thank all those who participate each year in the Na Wahine O Ke Kai race and it doesn't go without saying that this event would not be possible without the assistance of our generous sponsors. Each year, we rely upon these sponsors to continue to support the race and we also invite new sponsors to come on board.

If you would like to talk to us about sponsorship opportunities for this race - please Contact Us for more information.