2015 has begun and Molokai has an exciting calendar of events. Don’t miss these 2015 events, all happening on Molokai!
The festivities begin with the Molokai Metric 100k Bike Ride on January 18, followed by Mo’olelo O Molokai, stories of Molokai with Kumu Pa’a Lawrence Aki on January 19. The Makahiki also occurs this month with lectures, events and a ho’olaule’a, January 29 through 31.
April has a variety of events with the Nature Conservancy Earth Day on April 17, the Ho’omau Concert benefitting Punana Leo O Molokai on April 18 and on the same day, the M2M Maui To Molokai canoe race. The Kaiwi Channel Relay, a 39 mile canoe race, occurs on April 25.
The Ukulele Ohana Molokai takes place on May 22-26, followed by the Annual Ka Hula Piko June 4-6. June continues with the Kaiwi Channel Solo canoe race on June 13.
Summertime on Molokai brings annual events including the Bon Dance at the Soto Mission (July), the Molokai Oahu Paddle Board Race where an international field of more than 200 paddlers take on the 32-mile course across the Kaiwi Channel (July), the M4Molokai downwind paddle (July 19) and the Molokai Bowhunters Annual State Tournament (August).
Three exciting canoe events happen in September with the Pailolo Challenge on September 19 which starts at D.T. Fleming Beach Park on Maui and ends in Kaunakakai, Molokai (26 miles). The Kulaia Molokai Canoe Festival occurs in Kaunakakai with music, entertainment, arts and crafts all celebrating Molokai canoe races. The Na Wahine O Kekai takes place on September 27 from Hale O Lono Molokai to Oahu. This women’s 41-mile outrigger canoe paddling competition departs Molokai and crosses the Kaiwi Channel as paddlers head to the shores fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Fort DeRussy Beach Park, on the island of Oahu.
October brings The Festivals of Aloha as well as the Molokai Hoe which occurs on October 11. This men’s 41-mile outrigger canoe paddling competition departs Molokai Hale O Lono Harbor and crosses the Kaiwi Channel as paddlers head to the shores fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Fort DeRussy Beach Park, on the island of Oahu.
The popular Molokai Stampede at Kapualei Ranch takes place in November with multiple roping events, barrel racing, live entertainment, and a fundraising dinner all held over a weekend.
The year’s activities wrap up with the festive Molokai Christmas Light Parade and Ho’olaule’a in Kaunakakai at the beginning of December.
All event dates are subject to change.