|From extreme land challenges and long-distance canoe racing, to college- and professional-level sports tournaments, the Hawaiian Islands are home base to a wide range of competitions, contests and challenges showcasing the best of athletics. Whether your client is inclined to participate competitively or prefers watching from the sidelines, the events highlighted below are sure to keep every kind of sports fan entertained.
Encourage your clients to begin training for one of the many exciting marathons and running challenges happening statewide throughout the year. The annual Kauai Marathon (Sept. 3) and Maui Marathon and Half-Marathon (Oct. 15) keep their runners inspired with scenic courses offering spectacular ocean and mountain views. One of the world’s largest and most festive road races, the Honolulu Marathon (Dec. 10) takes participants on a south shore Oahu course running alongside Waikiki Beach and around volcanic tuff cone Leahi (aka Diamond Head State Monument).
If triathlons are your client’s forte, the Ironman World Championship (Oct. 14) on the island of Hawaii and the XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon (Oct. 29) on Maui offer up extreme land and ocean challenges. How extreme? Rough ocean waves, steep mountain trail climbs and the crossing of a perennially sun-heated lava desert are just a few of the obstacles qualifying participants should expect to face head on.
Clients can celebrate the endurance and sportsmanship required of long-distance-canoe racing by simply snagging a spot on the Kona shoreline to watch competing teams in this year’s 46th annual Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race on the island of Hawaii (Aug. 31-Sept. 4). Oahu- and Molokai-bound clients will enjoy catching the dramatic start and finish of the Na Wahine O Ke Kai women’s canoe race (Sept. 24) and Molokai Hoemen’s canoe race (Oct. 8), featuring paddling teams from Hawaii and around the world crossing the challenging Kaiwi Channel – which flows between the two islands – on a 41-mile course from Hale O Lono Harbor on Molokai to Waikiki Beach on Oahu.
If your clients are NBA fans, we suggest incorporating the Clippers Hawaii Classic (Oct. 1 and 3) into their itinerary. For the first time, the Los Angeles Clippers will be Oahu bound this fall to host two preseason games and a pregame Fan Fest in Honolulu. Basketball enthusiasts will also enjoy the 2017 Maui Invitational, a premier early-season men’s college basketball tournament featuring teams battling for the Wayne Duke Championship Trophy (Nov. 20-22). If your clients are professional tennis devotees, suggest that they attend the Hawaii Open on Oahu (Nov. 19-26), a Women’s Tennis Association tournament featuring players from around the world.