Moloka'i-O'ahu through the Years
A History of the Moloka‘i Outrigger Canoe Race
"Peter Caldwell's new coffee-table book "Molokai-Oahu Through the Years: A History of the Molokai Outrigger Canoe Race" is a breathtaking summary of Hawaii's iconic event...
You'll get a thorough sense of how the channel race evolved -- politically and on the water.
Caldwell's engaging writing style immerses the reader and covers plenty of ground. In his introduction, he called his book 'a cultural link to the past.' But it's also a lot of fun." — exerpt from Star Bulletin book review
This stunning hard-cover book tells the story of
the Moloka‘i Channel race, the oldest and
most prestigious outrigger canoe race in the world.
Moloka'i Hoe, begun in 1952 for men and Na Wahine O Ke Kai, in 1979 for women, the canoe race
currently attracts an
and combines a colorful history with a rich tradition.
Billed as the world championships of canoe racing, crews
contending for the title must train and prepare for
months in order to put themselves in the best position
to win. The great intangible is the unpredictable Moloka‘i
(Kaiwi) Channel that has a well-deserved reputation
as one of the roughest interisland channels in existence.
The outcome of the race generally hinges on how crews deal
with conditions that can vary from water as calm as a lake
to the most fearsome and turbulent, with extreme winds and
huge waves. Once out of the channel, the next challenge and
sometimes a critical factor is trying to unravel the best
solution to often complex coastal currents and tide factors
encountered off O‘ahu. For the winners, it is a tribute
to a combination of excellent preparation, conditioning,
teamwork and strategy that all come together to make the
difference in a most memorable and satisfying athletic accomplishment.
Every year’s competition has a story of its own to
tell, and Moloka'i-O'ahu through the Years highlights each race, its anecdotes,
and the key players. With input and commentary from many
of the race’s most respected participants along with
a unique collection of both historical and current photographs,
book captures the challenge, the drama and the tradition
of the event. With complete records, memorabilia, and fascinating
sidebars, race coverage extends to every facet of what
called the Super Bowl of outrigger canoe racing.