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27th Annual Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival

  • Date: 08/18/2019 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: Santa Cruz Wharf
    21 Municipal Wharf
    Santa Cruz, California 95060
  • Introduction: Join us for the 27th Annual Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival on the Santa Cruz Wharf Sunday, August 18!

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Santa Cruz honors its Hawaiian connections at the 27th 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

Participate in a fun outrigger competition – no experience necessary! Anyone can sign-up and race! Pu Pu O'Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club provides each team with a stroker, steer-person and all necessary equipment to get you racing. Dress in your festive best and win the Outrigger Aloha Spirit Award.

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.

Thank you to all our race participants!  

Aloha Spirit Award Winners 

  • 1st - Superheroes in Training
  • 2nd - Aloha Baquette
  • 3rd - Pearls of the Ocean
  • Honorable Mention - Oxford Ohana and Furious Foxes

Open Division Race Results

  • 1st - Ma'a Pua'a
  • 2nd - Team GNC
  • 3rd - Fast but not Furious
  • 4th - Wiki Wiki Warriors

Co-Ed Division Race Results

  • 1st - Mayor and the Metrowers
  • 2nd - Tribe of 4
  • 3rd - Pioneer Paddlers
  • 4th - London to Cali

Polynesian Festival Performance Line-up

11:00 am -  Ho'onani Hula Club

11:45 am -  Kilani Tahitian Dancer & Drummer Duo

12:30 pm - Kuhai Halau O Mehana

1:15 pm -  Nate Kan'ae  &  Friends

1:45 pm - Outrigger Race Results

2:30 pm -  Ha'a Hula / Te Reva O Te Manu  

3:30 pm - Ho'omana Hawaiian Band

4:15 -  Victor Ohana Band

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