A busy weekend of entertainment is highlighted by the 20th annual Ka Hula Piko Hula Festival at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center.
Festivities began last night with an evening of Hawaiian music at Kulana ‘Oiwi. There was an evening lecture presented by Halau Hula O Kukunaokala and original music showcasing the compositions of John Ka’imikaua, who founded the Moloka’i Ka Hula Piko celebration in 1991.
Tonight, John Ka’imikaua will be honored in a documentary film sponsored by Coffees of Hawaii. The film “A Mau A Mau to Continue Forever” begins at 7 p.m. at Coffees of Hawaii in Kualapuu.
The main even is tomorrow at Mitchell Pau’ole Center in Kaunakakai, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. There will be a variety of entertainment, Hawaiian food and handmade crafts by the people of Molokai.
World Surfski Championship
On Sunday, the Molokai World Championships will be sponsored by the Outrigger Duke Kahanumoku Foundation in 2011. This race is recognized as the World Surfski Championship of long distance surfski racing and is the title that the most elite watermen and water women covet the most.
The race starts from Kepuhi Beach on its way across the volatile and famous Ka’iwi Channel. The 32-mile race finishes at Hawaii Kai Towne Center on the marina side of the stage. The event starts at 11 a.m. on Molokai, with the first winners crossing the finish line on Oahu at approximately 2:30 p.m., depending upon race conditions.
This annual event will mark the 35th crossing from Molokai to Oahu. The fundraiser will donate a portion of the entry fees raised to Hawaii Canoe & Kayak Team, a locally-based non-profit organization.
The title sponsorship brings with it increased cash and prizes totaling $5,000 to the winners of the open ocean race.
The world-record time is 3:21:26, held by Dean Gardiner in 1997. The top contenders this year include the 2010 first place winner (3:23:02) Clint Robinson (Olympic Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist), Dean Gardiner (nine time world champion), Tim Jacobs, Jeremy Cotter, and Martin Kenny. There are also female entrants, including Hawaii’s 2010 first place winner Lauren Spalding Bartlett, and Maggie Twigg-Smith.
The Outrigger Duke Kahanumoku Molokai World Championships 2011 will use only surf skis and each paddler is required to have an escort boat, unless the paddler has been recognized as an Elite Paddler. The approach to Oahu can be watched by land spectators from Sandy Beach, Blow Hole lookout, Portlock Point, Maunalua Bay marina entrance, and Hawaii Kai Towne Center’s dock area. The awards ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. at the stage area, with a festive presentation of trophies and entertainment.
For further information, visit www.molokaiworldchampionships.org, or contact race director Shelley Oates-Wilding at 808-388-3207.