Olokau Race, Maui Hawaii May 2012

NicoleMaui Photographer, MAUI WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, Stand-up Paddle Photos

Took a couple hours off today to drop by Kanaha Beach to meet a new friend and fellow photographer- Tanya and her husband Paul visiting from Vancover, BC. It was great to meet some new friends as well as see some people I’ve haven’t seen for awhile.

Each May, the Olokau race is held in Maui’s north shore. The Olokau race is a downwind run from Maliko to Kanaha Beach park. The official name of the race is called, Olukau Ho’olaule’a. From what I understand, Ho’olaule’a means “celebration”. The event is a competition with family-friendly cultural activities and gathers some of the world’s best SUP and OC1 paddlers to race the legendary 8-mile Maliko downwind run.

Since the race was on, I decided to take along my camera and catch a few shots while I was there. As a Maui wedding photographer, it was nice to go back to my roots and shoot some action shots.

Here’s a few shots of some of the top paddlers and of course the top woman paddler, my dear friend, ” Andrea Moller”.

Congratulations to the winners and Andrea, your awesome!