Pacific Paddler — June 2015 - (Page 26)

PHOTOS COURTESY OF OLUKAI OLUKAI HO'OLAULE'A 600 PADDLERS GATHER ON MAUI The 7th annual OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa threeday ocean festival attracted the most elite OC1 downwind paddling field ever assembled for an international ocean paddling race. A record crowd of more than 600 paddlers took to the ocean representing 11 U.S. Mainland states and countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, French Polynesia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, Spain, United Kingdom and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Around 2,000 people turned up to cheer on the competitors and enjoy the free Hawaiian games and cultural activities. While OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa is one of the world's premier ocean paddling races, the event honors Hawaii's ocean lifestyle and stands as a reminder to live pono with a conscious decision to do the right thing for others, ourselves and the environment. Legendary big wave surfer and OluKai Konohiki (caretaker) Archie Kalepa said that the aloha of "OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa just keeps growing year after year. From its humble beginnings, the festival set out to be a celebration of the ocean lifestyle we're so blessed to have, and this still remains our priority today. It's an opportunity to bring together our ʻohana from all corners of the globe while respectfully honoring and preserving the cultural history of Hawaii." Close to 100 Olukai ʻohana participated in a 'Giveback Day' lending a hand to Maui's Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge Project. The day officially launched the new Ama OluKai Foundation which strives to support the efforts of those who preserve local cultures and traditions. OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa will be broadcast internationally courtesy of OluKai media partner, Ocean Paddler TV. For more information, visit 26 PACIFIC PADDLER JUNE 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pacific Paddler — June 2015

Kala Kukea Challenge
Scott Hawaii State 'Champs'
OluKai Ho'olaule'a
After the Kala'iomalulani Race
Kalei Hahookele
Kauai World Challenge
Ka Iwi Coast Run & Walk
Allstate Oahu Championship
Just got to paddle - Billy Loa
Wounded Warrior Regatta
Basic Stretches for Paddlers

Pacific Paddler — June 2015