After a request by the Molokai community, the Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association (OHCRA) unanimously voted Monday night to postpone the return of the Molokai Hoe men’s world championship outrigger canoe race.
Instead an Oahu-based world championship race will be held on October 8th and 9th
The event’s organizer, OHCRA, emailed a note to outrigger racing enthusiasts on Wednesday
“As our island communities have been tremendously impacted by the global reach of this pandemic and are working to reestablish a new normal, each island faces their own unique challenges,” the OHCRA letter read, in part.
The letter continued, “Considering these efforts on the island of Molokai and honoring their vital transportation needs the Board of The Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association (OHCRA) announce the decision to postpone a return of this year’s world championship canoe race ‘Molokai Hoe.’ However, we are looking forward to hosting an Oahu based World Championship Race, scheduled on October 8-9, 2022 and invite the worldwide canoe racing communities to join us for a week of activities.”
Due to COVID concerns, the Molokai to-Oahu race which is held every year in October was cancelled each year.