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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.