Can we update registration information later?
You can change the names of your paddlers and division up to September 7, 2018.

What is the race cancellation policy?
Visit the page.

Are entry fees refundable or transferable?
No, you will not receive a refund for your entry fee if you decide not to race but have already paid.

Where are the forms?
Find forms here.

When are the forms due?
Online crew information form is due no later than September 7, 2018.  All additional forms, HCRA cards, honorary paddler forms and all waivers, escort forms, escort insurance, vessel check list is due no later than September 14, 2018.

How can I pay the crew’s entry fee?
Entry fee is paid at the time you complete online registration. Any remaining balance (ie: towing) will be due at crew check in on September 14, 2018.

Can I mail in a check for our entry fee?
No, entry fee must be paid online via website – if you have issues with paying, email contact@pailolo.com

Why is the iron entry fee higher than the change crews’?
The entry fee is higher to cover the costs for medics and extra official boats to tend to iron crews in case of emergency and/or injury.

We are an iron crew, can we bring our own Radio?
No, our safety policy requires iron crews to “rent” the Super Paddler Packs for $150 which is fully refundable if they are returned in full working condition.

We are HCRA members, do we need insurance ?
No, all HCRA members are covered by HCRA insurance but we need a copy of your HCRA card and you still need to complete the Pailolo Waiver.

We are out of state paddlers, do we need insurance ?
Yes, you can provide a certificate of insurance with the following requirements:
1. All non-participants/non-members of HCRA, an out of state or foreign team will be charged an insurance assessment at registration. Out of state and foreign teams must provide a Certificate of Insurance for Commercial General Liability/Participants Liability with minimum limits of $1,000,000 (US Dollars) for the race.
2. The Certificate must name the following additional insured’s;
a. Hawaiian Kamali’i, Inc dba Hawaiian Canoe Club,
b. Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association, and
c. Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association.
3. Coverage must be current and cover the duration of the event.

We are not HCRA members and don’t have insurance, how can we be covered?
You can become honorary HCRA members for $10. You will need to complete an HCRA waiver, pay coverage and provide a valid license or passport. This also covers Na Wahine O Ke Kai and Moloka’i Hoe.


We are an out of state crew, how do we secure a canoe?
Specify that you need help on your registration. We will do as best as we can to help you secure a canoe rental. The chances of getting a Bradley Lightning or Unlimited canoe are slim. We suggest you contact crews going to Na Wahine or Moloka’i Hoe who are NOT doing the Pailolo Challenge. They need their canoe on Moloka’i. Your crew pays for shipping to Maui and you paddle it to Moloka’i. Although we will HELP secure canoes, the race committee is NOT responsible for securing canoes.

We are shipping our canoe to Maui, how will it get to the start of the race?
We will take care of that for $75! You will pay for this when you register online. If you don’t know if your canoe will be shipped, don’t pay for towing yet. We can settle that later. Please ship your canoe to Aaron Brummel (contact information in the following question). Please pre pay for shipping. We will NOT pick up canoes that are not paid for. When it arrives on Maui, Young Brothers will call, we will pick up and store at Hawaiian Canoe Club’s property at Kahului Harbor. All canoes will the towed to the start of the race by Friday, Sept 14.

Who do we ship our canoe to?
 Aaron Brummel, Hawaiian Canoe Club, Pailolo Challenge (808)268-9657. You must pre-pay for shipping. We will NOT pick up canoes that are COD (Collect-On-Delivery).

When do we ship our canoe?
Your canoe needs to be on Maui, ready to pick up no later than Wednesday, September 12, 2018. We will not pick up from YB on Thursday, September 13 or Friday, September 14.

We will be doing Na Wahine O Ke Kai or Moloka’i Hoe, how will our canoe get to Hale O Lono?
At the time of registration you will specify your post-race canoe destination. We will give you a sticker to put on the canoe, NW (Na Wahine) or MH (Moloka’i Hoe). At the race finish there will be designated, signed areas where to take your canoe. From Kaunakakai, your canoe will be towed to Hale O Lono prior to the following races.

How does our canoe get home after Pailolo if it is NOT getting used for Na Wahine O Ke Kai or Moloka’i Hoe?
Please specify where your canoe needs to be shipped after the race and we will ship it back to you COD.

Can you help us find an escort for the race?
Unfortunately we no longer offer assistance with finding escort boats and drivers.



How many people can be on my Mixed Open crew?
There shall be a minimum of 9 paddlers and a maximum of 12 paddlers on a Mixed Open crew.

How many women must be on a mixed crew?
Each mixed crews shall be comprised of at least half women. Crews with an odd number of paddlers must have at least half + 1 paddlers be women.
For example:
Iron crew: at least 3 women
9 person crew: at least 5 women
10 person crew: at least 5 women
11 person crew: at least 6 women
12 person crew: at least 6 women

Do we have to have at least three women paddling at all times?
No. Mixed crews can field any combination of paddlers during the race.

Is there a mixed iron division?
No. You can paddle mixed iron but you will not receive an award.

Do we have to race with 12 people?
No. You can paddle with 6-12 paddlers but know that you may be racing against crews that have the specified maximum number of paddlers.

Does our crew need to all wear the same jersey?



When and where is crew check in?
Crew check in will be held at Maui Brewing Company on September 14, 2018 11-5pm.

When and where is coaches meeting?
Coaches & steersmen meeting is at Maui Preparatory Academy at 5:30pm. Coaches, plan on being on Maui by 3pm Friday, September 14, 2018.



What is the hotel code for the Westin?
 Hotel reservations for the special racers’ rate will be emailed to you after you complete online registration.

Where can I book the ferry back to Maui after the race?
We have a chartered ferry with limited seats.  They will be $60/person (1 person, 1 paddle, 1 bag) and a link will be sent to you to make your reservations after you complete online registration.



We are an iron crew without an escort. How does our luggage get from Maui to Moloka’i?
We are offering a shuttle for all baggage for Iron Crews that will be picked up at Flemings race morning and dropped off at the race finish – $20/bag (CASH ONLY)

I’m on an iron crew and will send my bag with the baggage shuttle. Where do I drop my bag off ? Who do I pay?
 There will be a designated area at the race start where you can pay (cash only) and drop your bag off.

Is there a shuttle from our hotel to the race start?
No. We have listed some taxi and shuttle options HERE. We recommend getting a taxi from your hotel to race start since parking is VERY limited at Flemings.

Is there a shuttle from the race finish to where the ferry leaves?
It is maybe about a quarter of a mile walk. After paddling 25-miles, this will be a good cool down for you. If you are so full of ono food and craft Maui Brewing Co Beer, you can jump on the shuttle – for free. If you are heading to the airport, there is a shuttle $8/person, 4 people minimum.

What do we do on Moloka’i after the race?
 You have several options!
-Unrig and load your canoes onto the respected trailer, head to the dock to tie it to the pallets if getting shipped back to your island.
-Sit back and enjoy our After Party with live music, awards, lunch and beer provided by Maui Brewing Company
-DON’T MISS YOUR FERRY or FLIGHT! Get on the shuttle to the dock OR $8 shuttle to the airport.
-Book your room at Hotel Moloka’i here!