Why Pailolo?

Whether you are traveling from Hilo or Hong Kong, what makes you come back to race the Pailolo Challenge?

Growing up as a paddler, there were always certain distance races that stuck out: Queen Lili’oukalani, Catalina, Na Wahine O Ke Kai and Moloka’i Hoe. Not until the past decade, has the Pailolo Challenge been a top option for 6-man distance races. In the 1970-90’s, it was a run that my grandparents used to do to get their canoes over to Moloka’i for the Ka’iwi Channel races. They said it was such a fun training race; good preparation for the following weekend.

Now, fast forward to 2017. The Pailolo Challenge is right up there will those renown races and paddlers’ favorite run!

We are thrilled to be a top option for all distance paddlers! Each race offers something different. Whether it be tradition, the mental challenge, the party, the conditions, the merchandise… Everyone has their favorite.

The two top reasons why crews return to the Pailolo Challenge: SURF & MAUI BREWING CO BEER. Duh.

As paddlers and race coordinators, we know how how difficult paddling, coaching, fundraising, and managing a crew can be and we hope that we can make the process as easy as possible for you! We want ALOHA to also be a top reason why you love the Pailolo Challenge.