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Ironman Triathlon, Molokai Hoe canoe race happening this weekend. Where to watch live.

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Each year, paddling teams from Hawaii and around the world—more than 1,000-plus participants in all—take their single-hulled canoes for a 41-mile open-ocean race from Molokai to Oahu. Doesn’t sound like much of a journey? Let us introduce you to the Kaiwi Channel.

Even in good weather conditions, the channel separating Molokai and Oahu can be treacherous. Tradewinds can be too light or too intense. Currents would gladly sweep the canoes far off course. Add in swells as high as 10 feet, which can swamp or capsize canoes, and you get the picture.

Strength—physical and mental—and teamwork are crucial just to finish what’s still considered one of the most intense ocean races in the world.


If you’re on Molokai, you can watch the teams leave from Hale O Lono Harbor just after dawn on Sunday. By late morning, folks on Oahu’s south shore will start noticing the first canoes move past Hanauma Bay, Diamond Head and Waikiki before ending at Ft. DeRussy Beach next door to the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

If you can’t be at any of the viewing locations, the Molokai Hoe’s host, the Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association, will be webcasting the race live on Sunday, beginning at 7:45 a.m. (Hawaii time), 1:45 p.m. (Eastern time). The Ironman World Championship will offer live streaming of the competition, text updates and video posted to the Ironman event’s official website, beginning at 6:30 a.m. (Hawaii time).

For more information on events, start times and other minutiae, visit the Ironman World Triathlon Championship and Molokai Hoe official websites.

Photos: Ironman swim, bike and marathon events (pg. 1) courtesy of Ironman WTC; Molokai Hoe (pg. 2) courtesy of Molokai Hoe

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