Molokai World Championships






The 2007 Molokai World Championships was an epic year! Epic Kayaks came on board as the title sponsor in an effort to take the Molokai to a new level in terms of exposure to the world of solo ocean racing. Epic, who design, manufacture and distribute kayaks and ocean kayaks/surf ski’s are committed to raising the bar in the sport and they aim to enter the world of OC-1 design and manufacture in the near future. We are truly thankful that they came forward this year.

Steinlager, a strong supporter of paddling on the islands came on board as a second tier sponsor.

LuLu’s Surf Bar Waikiki was our event’s official restaurant and bar sponsor, hosting the paddlers briefing and prize giving.

The Park Shore Waikiki, our official hotel sponsor was used as the events base of operations.

Patagonia assisted with official race gear.

We would also like to thank everyone who assisted with the race.

We look forward to the 2008 event year. The date is still being scheduled. Please watch the site for details.

Maui Real Estate

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Like the other Hawaiian islands, the Maui market has traveled down a bumpy road the past couple of years as the effects of the recession and the credit crunch on the mainland have taken their toll. The island has seen some ups and downs in regards to homes sales, with generally rising sales volume but prices still showing signs of a struggle.

According to statistics compiled by Coldwell Bankers in Maui, the area ended the year of 2009 with prices and volume up from the previous month. Volume was still up versus sales from a year ago, but prices have fallen. In December 2009, there were 90 sales in Maui, up from 67 in November and just 55 in December 2008. The median sales price was $477,000 in December, up from $465,000 in November but fallen from $570,000 at 2008′s year end.

Condo sales showed a similar trend in Maui at the end of 2009: Sales volume was up in December to 80 from just 69 in November and just 38 in December 2008, but prices showed stagnation. The median price in December was $401,500, up just slightly from an even $400,000 in November and down from $517,000 from a year earlier. Land sales were up as well, with nine sales in December and 17 in November from just two sales in December of 2008.

Though these statistics of Maui homes for sale show slight improvement, levels are still far below where they were at their peaks. In July 2006, for example, the median-price of single-family homes was $780,000, nearly half of today’s prices. Though condos have not lost as much ground as homes, they are also well below their high of $647,000 in June 2006. Properties are spending less time on the market as well. At the end of 2009, the average single-family home was spending 154 days up before selling and the condo 170 days. For homes, that was the fourth-lowest average for 2009, and for condos, it ranks fifth-lowest in the year.

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Places to stay in Molokai while paddling

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The Molokai Hoe is one of the most grueling annual team sporting events in Hawaii, second only to football. As one of the longest-standing occasions, the Moloka’i Hoe perpetuates one of Hawaii’s most important and historic cultural traditions. The Molokai Hoe tests the limits of physical and mental strength and endurance, courage, determination, and teamwork. In a battle with some of nature’s most extreme elements, the more than thousand paddlers from around the world that compete must face rising swells, strong currents, and unfavorable winds.

The event starts on the western shores of the small island of Molokai and ends in Honolulu after crossing the deep and treacherous Kaiwi Channel. Because of the sport’s popularity, most of Molokai’s hotels and places to stay are booked months in advance and are full to capacity for the weeks leading up to the big race. Some of the more popular hotels include Hotel Molokai, Castle Kaluakoi Villas Hotel, Marc Molokai Shores Suites, and Wavecrest Resort. While the island doesn’t feature large, brand-name chain hotels nor does it feature any fancy brands or upscale accommodations, the comfortable and relaxing places provide paddlers with a relaxing night of sleep before the big race. An alternative to staying in a hotel is finding Molokai vacation rentals. While quite rare, such properties are often cheaper.

Kalaupapa: Colony Turned Community

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Isolated from the rest of Molokai by towering sea cliffs on the topside of the island, the peninsula and community of Kalaupapa is a small village located on the northernmost point of Molokai. The 3,315-foot sea cliffs, the highest in the world, form a tremendous backdrop. Besides their natural beauty, the sea cliffs have managed to keep Kalaupapa separated from the rest of the world for centuries. The peninsula is so remote and inaccessible that it was used as a leprosy settlement in 1783. At that time, Father Damien started the community to separate the terminally-ill people from the rest of the population to avoid its spread throughout Hawaii. At its peak, Kalaupapa was home to more than 1,200 men, women, and children who were sent into exile. It wasn’t until 1969 that the practice of banishing affected patients was repealed. Today, only about twenty patients of the now-called Hansen’s Disease still live in Kalaupapa, amongst a diverse range of other residents and the peninsula is now called the Kalaupapa National Historical Park. While the peninsula may not be the most prime Molokai real estate, it certainly is one of the most unique. Hand-in-hand with the local culture and laid back attitude of people on the island, the community today works to be self sufficient and thrives on its own with only a weekly cargo plane delivering goods to supplement occasional product shipments by sea.

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Living on Maui

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A wonderful part of living on Maui is the wonderful natural surroundings that make local living so special.A major attraction for potential home buyers, the sheer beauty of the island has become one of the area’s major selling points.In fact, many Maui homes for sale that have splendid scenic views are significantly more valuable thanks to their smart use of the Maui backdrop and scenery.As the leading whale-watching center for the Hawaiian islands, a number of whale watching excursions leave from ports around Maui, including Kahului and Lahaina.The sheltered ‘Au’au Channel that lies between the islands of Maui County harbor the graceful Humpback whales during the winter season.The whales migrate from the frigid Alaskan waters each fall to spend the winter months mating and birthing in the warmer Hawaiian waters.Although recent estimates suggest only 18,000 humpback whales remain in the North Pacific, a large portion of those whales breed in the waters just off the coasts of Maui.Maui also hosts a large rainforest on the northeastern flanks of Mount Haleakala on the eastern side of the island.Because of the rough terrain, the area has been saved from exploitation and development, making it one of the best green areas in the island chain.Along with the deserts of Haleakala and the plateaus in between, the varied geographical terrain and forms of life that make Maui unique continue to attract potential residents to the island of Maui.


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Molokai is the fifth largest of the eight major Hawaiian Islands, which include: Ni’ihau, Kaua’i, O’ahu, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Kaho’olawe, Maui, and Hawaii, which is also referred to as the Big Island.Nicknamed the Friendly Isle, Molokai has a population of about 7,500 and is located across the 25 mile-wide Kaiwi Channel from Oahu.On a clear night the lights of Honolulu can be seen from the west coast of the island.Molokai is most known for its history as being the long time residence of Father Damien, a Belgian priest who cared for people affected by Hansen’s Disease, also known as leprosy.Kalaupapa, a small settlement on the north shore of Molokai was where sufferers of Hansen’s Disease took refuge.Although there are no active cases of the disease on the island today, most of the residents of Kalaupapa are descendants of previously afflicted patients.

Although Molokai is one of the least developed islands in Hawaii, the people living there, mostly of Hawaiian ancestry, have worked to preserve the Hawaiian culture.The island is home to many Hawaiian fish ponds, many of which have been preserved and restored in recent years.Molokai has been a island well suited for tourism, ranking as the tenth most popular island destination because of its pristine, tropical landscapes, environmental stewardship, rich cultures, and friendly nature.Molokai has several small hotels and resorts and is home to Papohaku Beach, located on the western facing shore of the island, which is one of the largest and most spectacular beaches in Hawaii.