11th Annual OluKai Ho‘olaule‘a Race

This past weekend, we wrapped our 11th Annual OluKai Ho‘olaule‘a hosted in Maui, HI. This year we had a few updates to our race, one including moving our two-day ocean festival down to one race day, Sunday  June 9th. On Friday, paddlers, families and friends had the chance to join us at the Maui Country Club for our first ever off-site Slipper Distribution. Throughout the day, paddlers joined us to talk story, enjoy fresh pupus (poke bowls, chicken katsu) and hang out for happy hour with beer provided by Kona Brewing and OluKai branded cups from Miir.


Saturday morning we celebrated World Ocean’s day with our friends at Sustainable Coastlines and Parley with a beach clean-up at the rocky coastline of Ka’ehu beach. We joined hands with roughly 50 friends and families of the brand and tackled hundreds of pounds of plastic in one large ghost net. After hours of cleaning the beach, Sustainable Coastlines hosted a delicious lunch alongside music and games for all to join in.


On Sunday (race day), we started out with our great ‘Ohana Fun Paddle, hosted by the one and only Archie Kalepa. We couldn’t have asked for better weather with the sun shining and winds in our favor! The keikis had a great time attempting the 3-mile short course run, and a few miles up, paddlers of all ages and crafts (OC1/2, SUP and now Foils!) began to arrive for the 11th Annual OluKai Ho‘olaule‘a for our noon start time. Ocean conditions on the Maliko Downwind Run were near perfect the entire day with consistent 12-15 mph winds, which were said to be “epic conditions” for our 175 paddlers.



Photo of Ho'o Race Finish Line with Race Contestants



11th Annual OluKai Ho‘olaule‘a Top 6 Winners


Women's Elite SUP 

Place First Name Last Name City Time
1st Annie Reickert Pukalani 1:01:48
2nd Devin Blish Paia 1:04:14
3rd Jade Leilani Howson Laguna Beach 1:11:13
4th Jennifer Lee Honolulu 1:11:32
5th Lara Claydon Lahaina 1:15:57
6th Kim Hillhouse Woodstock 1:25:46


Women’s Elite OC1

Place First Name Last Name City Time
1st Andrea Moller Makawao 0:57:06
2nd Dane Ward Paia 1:01:10
3rd Emili Janchevis Lahaina 1:01:57
4th Jane McKee Honolulu 1:02:13
5th Mariko Strickland Lum Kapaa 1:02:18
6th Marjorie Kahookele-Pea Pukalani 1:04:28

Men's Elite SUP 

Place First Name Last Name City Time
1st Kody Kerbox Haiku 0:56:30
2nd Josh Riccio Lahaina 0:57:13
3rd Slater Fleck Lahaina 1:01:14
4th Ralf Sifford Paia 1:04:50
5th Keegan Hart Haiku 1:24:19
6th Nathan Smith Kahului 1:43:17


Men’s Elite OC1

Place First Name Last Name City Time
1st Triston Kahookele-Santos Makawao 0:50:16
2nd Kainoa Tanoai Kailua-Kona 0:50:44
3rd Charles Taie Laie 0:51:10
4th Kekoa Kahookele-Santos Kula 0:51:11
5th Nalu Sampson Lahaina 0:51:38
6th Kevin Dudoit Kihei 0:52:50


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