Kanaka Ikaika Racing Association 2018

Kanaka Ikaika Racing Association (KIRA) is Hawaii’s premier all around paddling organization dedicated to promote and perpetuate ocean paddle sports in Hawaii since 1976.  An organization by paddlers, for paddlers, we encourage a lifelong healthy lifestyle that will support paddle athletes at all levels to foster competition, sportsmanship, and develop confidence. KIRA supports and promotes health and wellness of our community while helping to maintain and perpetuate our island culture and heritage, as well as to help preserve, protect and enhance Hawaii’s coastal environment.

2018 At a glance

  • New sponsors: Welcome RED BULLTEXACO by ISLAND ENERGY, and FIRST HAWAIIAN BANK.
  • EACH RACE IS OPEN TO ALL PADDLE CRAFTS, even if there is a “series” race emphasizing a different craft on the day. You can still paddle the craft of your choice.
  • POAI PUNI OCEAN RACING SERIES: Combines points of discipline specific racing.  Take your best 3 scores and add up the points for the winner.  It is the umbrella for the multi discipline MAUI JIM WATERMAN SERIES and many of the SCOTT HAWAII GOLD CHALLENGE races.
  •  MAUI JIM Waterman Series will return for it’s 5th season of multi discipline racing.
  •   OUTRIGGER ZONE-KAI WA’A Kualoa Challenge will be an OC-2 emphasized race.  Again, race what you like, but bust out the OC-2 on this day!  Male, Female or Mixed.
  •  The SCOTT HAWAII Gold Challenge is all new. This format will include all relative KIRA and PAA races on the schedule.  Every race will earn the top 50 long course OC-1 paddlers points.  The more you race, the more chance you get, and some races are worth more than others.
  •  KIALOA Competition: A different division will be chosen each race with a male and female division winning KIALOA.COM gift certificates.
  •  ANCHOR SYSTEMS HAWAII brings back the RUMBLE ON THE REEF. Adjusting the concept of the Kailua Waterman Challenge, this race, RACE #5 is a swim, paddle, swim paddle event that can be done solo or as a relay. Participants can choose either OC-1 or Surfski for one of the two paddling legs, and either SUP or Prone for the other paddling leg.  There will be a short swim in the beginning and also in-between each paddle discipline, plus a short beach run to get from the finishing areas to the start of the next events.
  •  The SCOTT HAWAII State Race will be the 20 mile battle from Makai Pier to Magic Island Saturday April 07.
  •  The MAUI JIM Oahu Coastal Relay will return to its earlier date as a warm up to the PAA Kaiwi Relay as part of MAJORS – the MAUI JIM OCEAN RACING SERIES. mauijimmajors.com.  It will be on Sunday March 25th.
  •  SHAW & PARTNERS +  EPIC KAYAKS helps bring back the Pre-Molokai Makapu’u dash! The date is Sunday May 20.
  •  The 43rd annual MAUI JIM Molokai Challenge  will be on Sunday May 27th. The exciting news is that the finish will return to the  KONA BREW PUB at KOKO MARINA SHOPPING CENTER
  • OC6 CANOE DERBY. Saturday June 23rd at Sand Island.  PACIFIC HONDA-KA LAUHU KAI’s Keiki distance races at Sand Island, followed by an adult OC-6 mixed relay race.
  •  The PACIFIC HONDA-KA LAHUI KAI For Hawaii’s Future race will be held on Sunday July 08 and will be from Hawaii Kai to Sand Island. This is a change race for either all juniors, or for crews that mix juniors and adult to “share knowledge”. At the finish there will be a mini distance race for juniors that are 14 and under like we did last year.
  •  Na HINANO Wahine Ikaika will run for the 5th year on Saturday, Oct. 06. This is a Hawaii Kai run just for women.
  • 2018 will be the 26th annual LANIKAI COLD PACK CLASSIC on Saturday, December 15. This is a short, fun race in Lanikai which has a separate race for the keiki (skill level pending – it’s open to all juniors).  It is free for kids 18 and under.
  • Prizes: Cash Purses for all Maui Jim Waterman events including the Ozone-Kai Wa’a Kualoa Challenge in the OC-2.

DIVISIONS

Top 3 default to open in each craft category. 4th place becomes 1st place in one of the age groups (or board size category for SUP and Prone).  IN MOST RACES KIRA HAS CATEGORIES FOR THE FOLLOWING DIVISIONS in both long and short courses:

  • Surfski-1 and Surfski-2
  • OC-1; OC-2; OC-3; OC-6.
  • V-1

SUP and Prone paddleboards are short course only:

  • Stand Up Paddleboards: 14’ and under – no rudder and Unlimited. If there are more than 3 x 12’6” boards and 3 x 14’ boards, we’ll make a 12’6” division.*
  • Prone Paddleboard: Stock and Unlimited. IF there are more than 3 Unlimited and 3 stock 12’ boards per race, we’ll make 2 divisions.*
    • Long Course categories
      • OC-1 Male and Female:  (18 & Under)   19-29,  30-39,   40-49,  50-56,  57-63,  64-69, 70+
      • OC-2: Female Open,  Men Open,  Mixed Open
      • SURFSKI Male and Female: Jr. (18 & Under)   19-39, 40-49,  50- 59,  60+
      • Surfski-2: Female Open, Male Open,  Mixed Open
      • V-1 Rudderless Canoe: Female Open, Male Open
      • OC-3: Open (men, women or mixed – 1 division)
      • OC-6: Female Open, Male Open, Mixed Open
    • Short Course categories
      • OC-1 Male and Female:  (18 & Under)   19-29,  30-39,   40-49,  50-56,  57-63,  64-69, 70+
      • OC-2: Female Open,  Men Open,  Mixed Open
      • SURFSKI Male and Female: Jr. (18 & Under)   19-39,   40-49,  50-59,  60+
      • Surfski-2: Female Open, Male Open,  Mixed Open
      • V-1 Rudderless Canoe: Female Open, Male Open
      • OC-3: Open
      • OC-6: Female Open, Male Open, Mixed Open
      • SUP Male and Female: 14’ rudderless,  Unlimited (see above)*
      • Prone Paddleboard Male and Female:  Stock, Unlimited (see above)*

POAI PUNI OCEAN RACING SERIES:

The Poai Puni Ocean Racing series is for discipline specific racing.  To rank in the POAI PUNI Ocean Racing Series you need to race at least 3 of the 6 “series” races (Races #1-4, 6 and 7) in your craft of choice. Your best 3 finishes will be tallied to determine your placement.  Tie breakers will be determined by statistics of head to head racing, and if still a tie, the Scott Hawaii State Race will determine the winner.  There are short course points and long course points.  The top 3 winners in the long course for each individual paddle discipline (OC-1, Surfski, SUP and Prone Paddleboard), male and female will earn free entry to the Maui Jim Coastal Relay and the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge.

 SCOTT HAWAII GOLD CHALLENGE:

The 2018 Scott Hawaii Gold Challenge will be a point series for single canoe category (with the exception of the Outrigger Zone-Kai Wa’a Kualoa Challenge for OC-2), long course only that includes all the Kanaka Ikaika and PAA races, culminating with the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge on May 27 (14 races).

Each race earns points for every participant who finishes in the top 50, male and female are scored separately with 1st place for each gender earning 50 points.  Certain races will have a single multiplier, a double multiplier and some a triple multiplier.  Single multiplier races will award the 1st place finisher 50 points and the 50th place finisher 1 point.  A double multiplier race would earn 100 pts. For 1st and 2 for 50th.  The triple multiplier races will earn the 1st place finisher 150 points and the 50th place finisher 3 points.

The following are the different races that qualify and their respective point multipliers:

Single multiplier:

  • KIRA races 1, 2, 3*, 4, 6, 7 & 10
  • Makapu’u Molokai Prep

Double multiplier:

  • KIRA race #8 – Scott Hawaii State Championship
  • PAA Koa Nui
  • Oahu Coastal Relay
  • PAA Kaiwi Channel Relay

Triple multiplier:

  • PAA Molokai Solo
  • Maui Jim Molokai Challenge (solo OC-1 only)

The more races you do, the more points you earn.  Points will be updated along the way during the season so everyone can see the top 50 OC-1 rankings.

*For race #3, the OUTRIGGER ZONE – KAI WA’A KUALOA CHALLENGE:  Only the OC-2 will earn points.  Each paddler in the male, female and mixed OC-2 teams will earn single multiplier points.

Prizes

1st place male and female paddler will win a $50.00 American Eagle gold coin (1 ounce of solid gold).
2nd place male and female paddler will win a $25.00 American Eagle gold coin (1/2 ounce of solid gold).
3rd place male and female paddler will win a $10.00 American Eagle gold coin (1.4 ounce of solid gold).

 MAUI JIM WATERMAN SERIES:

Multi-craft racing series

Returning again is the MAUI JIM Waterman series, which is a 5 race series within the POAI PUNI Ocean Racing Series that utilizes a different paddle disciplines during each selected event to determine the best all-around waterman/woman.  There are 5 disciplines: OC-1, Surfski, SUP (14’ rudderless), 12’ Prone Paddleboard and V-1.

Points

The point designation will be based on your overall finish in the designated craft division for the day.  There are 5 races in the Waterman Series, of which paddlers will earn points for their best 4 finishes.  The point system will be as follows:

1st place = 100 points
2nd place =98 points
3rd place = 97 points
4th place = 96 points
5th place = 95 points
6th place = 94 points
Etc…

At the end of the series, add the points from each race entered (minimum 2 and maximum 4), and the paddler with the most points win.  Men and Women will be scored on their own point scale.  You only need to enter 2 waterman events to qualify points.

Prizes

Each MAUI JIM Waterman race will have a cash purse for the top 3 male and female finishers.  Also each race will have a hot spot along the course where the first male and female paddler will win a cash bonus, however, to earn the hot spot bonus you must finish the race.  There will be cumulative series points to determine the overall series winners.  The Top 3 overall winners in the male and female category will win free entry to the Maui Jim Ocean Shootout in Ka’anapali June 02 and 03.

 MAUI JIM Waterman Series – Purse for each race

1st Place Hotspot: $75.00 $75.00
1st Place Overall (End of Race): $125.00 $125.00
2nd Place Overall (End of Race): $80.00 $80.00
3rd Place Overall (End of Race): $50.00 $50.00

 EACH RACE IS OPEN TO ALL CRAFTS, however, if you want to vie for the Waterman points, you should participate in the designated water craft for each “Waterman series” race.  The designated races are noted on the race schedule, and listed below:

  1. Race #1 Jan. 06. PACIFIC PADDLER MAKAILUA: Makai Pier to Kailua, (V-1)
  2. Race #2 Jan. 14. KIALOA TO KAIMANA: Hawaii Kai–Kaimana Beach (SUP 14’)
  3. Race #4 Feb. 11. KONA BREW’S MAKAPU’U STEW: Makapu’u to Hawaii Kai (OC-1)
  4. Race #6 March 04. EPIC KAYAK TO MAGIC: Hawaii Kai – Magic Island (Surfski)
  5. Race #7 March 17. ALLSTATE OAHU CHAMPIONSHIP: Sunset to Haleiwa (Prone)

 KIALOA COMPETITION: A different division will be chosen each race, with a male and female winner. Prize is a $250.00 KIALOA coupon which can go towards the purchase of a KIALOA paddle or merchandise of your choice at www.kialoa.com.

  OUTRIGGER ZONE-KAI WA’A Kualoa Challenge will be an OC-2 emphasized race.  Again, race what you like, but bust out the OC-2 on this day!  Male, Female or Mixed.  Prize money for Male, Female and Mixed divisions for the top 3 finishers in each category.  Haleiwa Joe’s will provide lunch!

 ANCHOR SYSTEMS HAWAII RUMBLE ON THE REEF

Sunday Feb. 25 off Kailua beach.

This event is a snapshot of the MAUI JIM Ocean Shootout on June 02 and 03.  The RUMBLE ON THE REEF will be a swim-paddle-swim-paddle format that can be entered either as a solo event or as a 2 person relay.  There will be kid’s races first, followed by the adult event.  And, sponsor pending, there will also be a SUP 3 person relay for kids (SUPs and paddles provided by Blowfish inflatable SUP boards).

For kids the course will be all inside the bay and much shorter than the adult course.  The adult course will be approximately as follows:

Fronting Kailua Beach, inside and around Flat Island there will be 2 swim legs and 2 paddling legs with a short beach run in-between each transition.  The participants will start with a 300 meter swim and then can choose to paddle either a 12’ prone or a 14’ and under SUP board with no rudder (there will be a shorter, handicapped length for prone) for approximately 1.5 miles, then there will be another 300 meter swim followed by another paddle in either a surfski or an OC-1 for approximately 2.5 miles (There will be a shorter, handicapped length for OC-1).  People can do the race either solo or as a relay.

 MAUI JIM Coastal Relay.

Sunday March 25th.  The MAUI JIM Oahu Coastal Relay is back to its original date as a warm up for the PAA Kaiwi OC-1 Relay.  As there are 3 land change transition points where the paddlers congregate and wait for their partners’ arrival, it is perhaps the most enjoyable race of the year.  With 4 diverse segments from Kailua to Waikiki, there are different ocean conditions each stage.  Open to all paddle crafts.  However, Prone and SUP are only open to the last 2 legs. There’s a cash purse for the OC-1, 2 person, long course division for men, women and mixed.

 SCOTT HAWAII STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Saturday April 07.  The SCOTT HAWAII State Championship is a culmination of the season featuring a 20 mile challenge from Windward Oahu’s Makai Pier, around the south east end to Magic Island.

 SHAW & PARTNERS –  EPIC Makapu’u Dash

Sunday May 20, the SHAW & PARTNERS EPIC Makapu’u Dash is a great warm up for the MAUI JIM Molokai Challenge one week later.  The course gives paddlers a taste of the final stretch of what they will experience during the MAUI JIM Molokai Challenge.

 MAUI JIM Molokai Challenge   

The most challenging and iconic race in the world, the MAUI JIM Molokai Challenge is on Sunday May 27.  This year the finish line will return to the KONA BREW PUB in Koko Marina Shopping Center.  Renown as the solo surfski world championship, the MAUI JIM Molokai Challenge is also open to other ocean paddle crafts including all OCs, SUPs, Prone paddleboards and double surfskis.  Paddlers can choose to race solo or in a relay format.

 MAUI JIM Ocean Shootout $50,000.00 purse

June 02 and 03 on Ka’anapali beach, Maui, the MAUI JIM Ocean Shootout is an amazing event with a multi discipline sprint race format.  It’s a 2 day event and there is a race for everyone, or you can do all the races and make some big money.  Not an event to miss.  Visit www.mauijimmajors.com for more information.

PACIFIC HONDA-KA LAUHI KAI – Canoe Derby. Sunday July 01st at Sand Island.

This is a new event that will feature keiki races in the morning for all ages in a mini distance format fronting the canoe paddling site at Sand Island in the blue water lagoon.  The afternoon will feature an open mixed, 12 paddler relay race which will circle the motu a few times with land changes.

 PACIFIC HONDA-KA LAUHI KAI “For Hawaii’s Future” Race. Sunday July 08

This is the 9 person race which mixes youth paddlers in the same crews as adults to share their knowledge.  This year the new course will be from Hawaii Kai to Sand Island.  For Hawaii’s Future Race has the best format to teach the youth how to paddle and race the big canoes in the big league.  There’s nothing like it.

The second part of this race is the OC-6 keiki race at the finish of the change race.  There will be a mini distance course for kids 15 and under that didn’t participate in the knowledge sharing race.

 HINANO Wahine Ikaika

Saturday Oct. 06, the HINANO Wahine Ikaika is an all-women’s race from Hawaii Kai to Kaimana beach. HINANO Wahine Ikaika is designed to empower and encourage women to challenge themselves and realize their potential.  Purposely staged on the Saturday prior to the men’s Molokai Hoe, it is a unique opportunity for women to participate in a race without men around.  There is a cash purse for the women as well.

Lanikai Cold Pack Classic

Last but not least, this will be the 26th annual.  Bring your favorite drink for the canoe cooler after the race.  Also featuring keiki races prior to the main event.  Saturday December 15th.

RACE FEES and REGISTRATION.

Listed prices are for pre-registration.  Late/beach registration will add $10.00 per paddler. Maui Jim Molokai late registration is an additional $45.00 with no beach registration option.

  • Poai Puni Ocean Racing Series races (races # 1-7 & 10)
    • Fee is $32.00 per person if you:
      • Mail in your registration at least 4 days prior to the event.
      • Pre-register online.
    • OC-3 cost is $90.00 per crew with pre-registration.
    • OC-6 cost is $180.00 per crew with pre-registration.
    • JUNIORS (18 and under) are $12.00 with pre-registration.
  • SCOTT HAWAII State Race
    • Single and double adult entries, fee will be $45.00 per person if you:
      • Mail in your registration at least 4 days prior to the event.
      • Pre-register online.
    • OC-3 cost is $120.00 per crew with pre-registration
    • OC-6 cost is $240.00 per crew with pre-registration.
    • JUNIORS (18 and under) are $25.00 with pre-registration.
  • MAUI JIM Oahu Coastal Relay
    • Single and double adult entries, fee will be $45.00 per person if you:
      • Mail in your registration at least 4 days prior to the event.
      • Pre-register online.
    • OC-3 cost is $240.00 per crew with pre-registration.
    • OC-6 cost is $480.00 per crew with pre-registration.
    • JUNIORS (18 and under) are $25.00 per person with pre-registration.
  • MAUI JIM Molokai Challenge
    • BEFORE April 22:
      • Solo adult entry fee is $230.00 per person.
      • Solo juniors are $115.00 per person.
      • Relay adult entry fee is $200.00 per person.
      • Relay juniors are $100.00 per person for relay.
    • Late entry is an additional $45.00 per person.
    • Entry fee includes:
      • Meal ticket at Kona Brew Pub
      • Free Kona Brewing Co. beer tickets
      • Event shirt, Scott Hawaii slippers and other goodies.
      • Raffle ticket to win Maui Jim sunglasses and other great prizes.
  • Pacific Honda – Ka Lahui Kai Canoe Derby: TBD
  • Pacific Honda – Ka Lahui Kai For Hawaii’s Future” Knowledge Sharing Race
    • $180.00 per crew pre-registration. $270.00 on race day.
  • Na Wahine Ikaika
    • $40.00 pre-registration for single and double crafts. $50.00 on race day
    • $210.00 pre-registration for OC-6. $270.00 on race day
    • $105.00 pre-registration for OC-3. $135.00 on race day
  • Race day/late registration fee is always an additional $10.00 per paddler.

Forms can be downloaded here and mailed with a check to:
Kanaka Ikaika Racing Association
PO Box 342152, Kailua, HI 96734.
Or register online at www.flpregister.com.