Sailing Canoe

  • August 20, 2015

    Team OluKai wins 2015 'Na Holo Kai' Oahu to Kauai Sailing Canoe Race


    The 28th annual 90 mile Na Holo Kai Sailing Canoe race was held this past Saturday, August 15th and was the seventh leg of the 2015 Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Sailing series. Wind and water conditions proved to be the best of the 2015 season. The race began in light off shore breeze but was not enough to sail so the fleet of canoes had to sprint the 5-mile course to Kaena point. Paddle Me Sports headed in a northerly course and into an early lead followed by Maui Jim, Team Olukai, Aloha Brewery, and White Orchid weddings. They spread out over a couple of miles and jockeyed for position and the best sailing course. It took over 3 hours for the lead to change. The Maui Jim canoe captained by Kauai's Donny Jones snuck into a slight lead over Team Olukai, Kala'I Miller's Aloha Brewery, and Paddle Me Sport. After battling with Team Maui Jim for about two hours, Team Olukai, made up of Marvin Otsuji, Jason Dameron, Chris Pico, Maui Kjeldsen, Kalani Vierra, and Tyrus Sale, methodically dropped down to a more southerly course and took the lead. [...]

  • March 27, 2015

    Navigating Baja: Bringing Hawaiian Sailing to Mexico – Dispatch #3

    Article provided by National Geographic

    In the dry cactus filled landscape of northern Baja, the hum of a diesel truck echoes as it begins to tow a carefully packed load into the desert sun. This trailer in tow has made it here all the way from the Hawaiian island of Kauai via Santa Cruz, California. Just before we leave every person scrambles throughout the compound residence for their last minute gear—sunglasses, hats, radios—no one is sure what he or she will need for the day's activity. As we pile into the assortment of vehicles, those who don't welcome the possibility of getting stuck quickly make a dash for the truck with four-wheel drive. Finally the caravan is underway as we make the ten-minute trek through two arrojos and power through the last hundred feet of unpacked sand to reach our destination at the edge of the Vermilion Sea, also known as the Sea of Cortez. [...]

  • March 19, 2015

    Navigating the Sea of Cortez

    89346_600x450-cb1426517794The Adventurists Max Lowe and his new friends are taking the road less traveled on a ten-day adventure along the Sea of Cortez in Baja California, Mexico.

    Follow the coast north from Cabo San Lucas along winding roads past taco stands, whale bones, and lazy brahman cattle, and you'll find yourself in the little town of Los Barilles, Mexico. Driving down streets rimmed by bright orange, blue, and red adobe-walled houses under the afternoon sun after an unexpected travel delay, I was late to convene with my fellow adventure companions, a group I had largely never met. [...]

  • July 1, 2014

    Team OluKai Wins Ka'iwi Challenge

    It was a great start to the weekend with light winds for the 51 mile sailing canoe race from Kaanakakai, Molokai to Kailua, O’ahu on Saturday. Marvin and Team OluKai (Marvin Otsuji, Joe Sawyer, Butch Keahiolao, Scott Wagner, Keone Miyake and Kalani Vierra) took a 6 seat plane from Kauai to Molokai, rigged the canoe and towed into the Kaiwi channel to start the race at 2:00pm. From start to finish, Team OluKai was able to hold the lead and finish off Saturday with a victory. It did not come easily with the Maui Jim canoe Tui Tonga challenging the team. After a half hour dual, Team OluKai broke away and gained sailing a minute ahead of the next competitor. [...]

  • September 8, 2013

    OluKai’s Team Kamakani Eleu Celebrates 16th Straight Season Title Win at Kendall Cup

    Team OluKai Wins Last Race of Sailing Canoe Season, Sailing from Kalapaki to Waimea-Kauai

    September 9, 2013, Kauai, HI – At the helm of master steersman, Marvin Otsuji, OluKai's Team Kamakani Eleu (Energetic Wind) took home the winning title at this weekend's Kendal cup, the seventh and final race of this year's sailing canoe season and the 16th straight season title for the team. [...]

  • September 14, 2011

    40th Annual Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe Race

    September 3, 4 and 5, 2011 – Labor Day weekend – Paddlers from all over the world gathered for the 40th Annual Queen Lili‘uokalani Canoe Races held on the beautiful Kona Coast hosted by Kai Opua Canoe Club. OluKai was proud to be one of the sponsors for the largest long distance canoe race in the world, attracting over a thousand paddlers from Hawaii and beyond. The event featured single hull, double hull and individual races along with a torchlight parade, dance and luau awards ceremony. [...]

  • August 23, 2011

    OluKai in 1st Place Heading into the HSCA Final Race!

    Congratulations to OluKai's Team Kamakakoa for taking the win in the 24th Na Holo Kai race on August 20th! OluKai is in 1st place going into the final race of the season. Read more at

  • July 16, 2011

    OluKai Supports the 2011 Gorge Outrigger Races

    OluKai helped support this years Gorge Outrigger Races, held on July 15-17th in Stevenson, WA. [...]

  • September 3, 2010

    39th Annual Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe Race

    September 4, 5 & 6, 2010 – Labor Day weekend – paddlers from all over the world gathered for the 39th annual Queen Lili‘uokalani Canoe Races held on the beautiful Kona Coast. OluKai was proud to be a sponsor for the largest long distance canoe race in the world, attracting dozens of canoe halau (clubs) and hundreds of paddlers from Hawaii and beyond. The event features single hull, double hull and individual races along with a torchlight parade, dance and luau awards ceremony. [...]

  • August 20, 2010

    Na Holo Kai Sailing Canoe Race: Oahu to Kauai

    The 23rd annual Na Holo Kai Sailing Canoe Race was held on August 21st 2010. The sailing series-leader Olukai team continued it dominance by paddling and surfing their way to a near record winning time across the K'ie'iewaho channel in 7 hours and 13 minutes. With no wind off the start, the team of Tyrus Siale, Scott Wagner,Chris Piko, Butch Keahiolalo, Jason Dameron and Marvin Otsuji battled their way to a lead off of Kaiena Point and the team was never challenged again. The race was the first crossing for Tyrus Siale and Chris Piko , 3rd for Scott Wagner but the 23rd crossing for Marvin Otsuji, who has participated in the race every year since its' inception. Combining the experience of Marvin Otsuji, Butch Keahiolalo and Jason Dameron with the paddling power of Scott, Tyrus and Chris, the team created much too large of an obstacle for the rest of the fleet to overcome. [...]

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