10 rowers from Ikaika Hawai'i are training to compete in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, MA. With the only 4+ on this island these athletes are on the path to be the first team from Hawai'i to compete in a Mainland Rowing Regatta in over 50 years! Your support will help them on their journey to represent Hawai'i, their communities, and themselves on the world stage on October 23rd.
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The Head of the Charles Regatta is the worlds largest 2-day rowing event. Every year, over 11,000 athletes from crews all over the globe compete in front of tens of thousands of spectators on the Charles river in Boston. In the events 57 years of competition, there has never been a crew from Hawai'i represented.
Learn more about Head of the Charles - HERE
Ikaika Hawai'i has the only youth rowing program in the state. Our mission is to support the holistic development of our young waterman, and give them a path forward. Through the sport of rowing, young athletes from Hawai'i- many of whom compete in outrigger canoeing and race kayaking- can continue to develop as watersport athletes at the collegiate level on the mainland. Ikaika has sent 38 athletes on to row in college over the past 10 years, many of whom have earned athletic scholarship for their abilities.
Learn more about Ikaika Rowing - HERE
The sport of rowing was popular in Hawaiian waterways for over 100 years from the late 1800's to late 1900's. King Kalakaua celebrated his birthday by hosting grand regattas during which he admired the rowing events. Years later, rowing was an organized interscholastic sport- with Iolani high school becoming the first high school in America to make the finals at the Olympic trials; in the 1964 trials they finished 6th place in an all-college field including the winner Harvard University.
Learn more about the history of Rowing in Hawai'i - HERE