The Pa’a `Eono Outrigger Race is an historic race and it is the first of its kind in recent times and helps bring back part of the history of canoe paddling.
The PA’A ‘Eono Hoe is a progressive distance race. For 2011, stage II was added:
- Stage I – Pailolo Channel – Flemmings Beach, Maui to Kaunakakai, Molokai. ~ 25 miles
- Stage II – Kaiwi Channel – Papohaku Beach, Molokai to Maunalua Bay, Oahu ~ 32 miles
It featured six-person canoes, much like the Moloka’i Hoe orNa Wahine O Ke Kai races. But in the ‘Eono Hoe, the same six paddlers were required to start and finish the race (in other long-distance races, each team is allowed to have three or four relief paddlers available in an escort boat).
One goal of the Pa’a ‘Eono Hoe is to establish guidelines that allow builders to create faster racing canoes while keeping most of the basic design concepts of what constitutes a six-man outrigger canoe. The intent is not to lift all design restrictions, which may lead to radical manipulations and questions about what defines a canoe. PA’A wants to keep our sport unified while designs progress so we can continue to race each other on a level playing field…and ultimately go faster – after all, it is RACING.
In effect, it was a race of endurance and innovation.