Hawaiian Airlines recently announced that it will become the title sponsor of the 2014 to 2015 women’s Hawaiian Airlines Na Wahine O Ke Kai and the men’s Hawaiian Airlines Molokai Hoe for the first time.
Widely considered the world championships of the traditional Hawaiian sport of outrigger canoeing, these long distance races from Molokai to Oahu across the Kaiwi Channel will take place on September 21 and October 12, respectively.
Outrigger canoeing is steeped in Polynesian culture and tradition, challenging the mental and physical prowess of athletes as they navigate the extreme elements of the open ocean as a team. It is a widespread
sport in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands that has been embraced by competitors around the world.
Na Wahine O Ke Kai (The Women of the Sea) was founded in February of 1979. The canoe race has flourished through the years, attracting crews from all over the world because of the tireless efforts of race supporters, volunteers and paddlers. Through their endurance, devotion and sportsmanship they have helped to perpetuate Hawaii’s cultural heritage.