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26th Annual Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival

  • Date: 08/19/2018 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Santa Cruz Wharf
    21 Municipal Wharf
    Santa Cruz, California 95060
  • Introduction: Join us for the 26th Annual Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival on the Santa Cruz Wharf August 19th!

Aloha 2017 stage

Santa Cruz honors its Hawaiian connections at the 26th Annual Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival. A fun day to cheer on friends in the Outrigger Races, delight in island-style music and Polynesian dancing and enjoy a taste of the tropics with "shave ice" and festive drinks. Vendors line the Wharf with unique items perfectly catered to the Polynesian theme. Sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation department and Pu Pu O'Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club. This annual event is a Santa Cruz classic. FREE!

Outrigger Races: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Polynesian Festival: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Enter to Race in the Aloha Outrigger Races

Outrigger application period June 25 - August 15 ;(Early bird discount due August 3)

Two divisions: Open and Co-Ed (Co-Ed must have at least two women per team)
Dress in your festive best and win the Outrigger Aloha Spirit Award.

Register to race online or submit a Race Entry Form (PDF).

Performance Line Up 

11:00 AM -  Kalae Miles Davis  &  Ladies of Mehana
12:00 PM -  Nate Kanae  &  Friends
1:00 PM - Mango Kingz
1:30 pm - Outrigger Race Results
2:30 PM -  Ho'omana Band  &  Ha'a Hula / Te Reva O Te Manu
3:50 PM - Victor Ohana Band  &  Te Hau Nui 


Polynesian Festival Vendor Application period - May 1 - June 15
Applications for booth space are available to vendors, exhibitors, Polynesian cultural groups and ocean-related organizations. Applications postmarked after June 15 will be reviewed on a space available basis. Those artists not accepted will be notified and booth fee will be refunded. 


Congratulations to the 2017 Outrigger winners:

Open Division:

1st Place: Mai Pua'a
2nd Place: Santa Cruz Lifeguards
3rd Place: Santa Cruz Wharf Crew
4th Place: Kai Koa

Co-Ed Division:

1st Place: Roseanne's Team
2nd Place: Pioneer Paddlers
3rd Place: Salty Mommas
4th Place: Rehab Mad Dog

Aloha Spirit Award

1st Place: Glory Girls
2nd Place: Coconuts
3rd Place: Tropi-gals Fruit Salad

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