Chasing the Channel: The Pailolo Challenge Maui-to-Molokai outrigger canoe race « So Much More Hawaii

Paddlers in the 2015 Pailolo Challenge approach the island of Molokai. Photo by Fili Auro. On a Saturday morning near the end of summer, the sea vigorously pounds against the sands of D.T. Fleming Beach Park on Maui’s northwest coast. The beach is lined with nearly 100 outrigger canoes, their paddling crews meticulously preparing for one of the world’s great open-water canoe races: the Pailolo Challenge. Spanning 26 miles from D.T. Fleming across the Pailolo Channel to the namesake pier of Kau

Paddle for Life: The fight against cancer takes to the seas

Totaling 34 miles, Paddle for Life: Voyage to Lanai is an annual non-competitive event and fundraiser that occurs in October during Molokai Hoe weekend, put together by the Pacific Cancer Foundation which sees paddlers of all ages, experience and fitness levels cross the Auau Channel from Hanakaoo Beach Park to Hulopoe Beach on Lanai’s enchanting south coast on Saturday, and then back to Maui on Sunday. The roundtrip journey greatly reflects the arduous voyage of cancer patients and survivors, a

A Tale of St. Patrick: Welcome to Shamrock

A long time ago in a Gaelic Ireland far, far away, a holy man on a mission arrived. He came from the Empire, taken by the rebel scum at age 16 and forced to live in captivity on their filthy ships that couldn’t even enter light speed until he was finally able to make his daring escape and discover the Force. Out in the streets they call him … Padraig, and on this day the world honors the “Missionary,” the “Bishop,” the “Apostle of Ireland,” the orginal “baddest man on the planet:” St. Patrick. W