General Information

This BlogSpot was created to be a resource for those considering swimming the Molokai Channel (Kaiwi), approximately 27 miles.  This channel is know for it's unforgiving conditions - unpredictable wind, strong current and surf.

1.  The best months to swim are generally March/April and September/October.  Swimmers have swum this channel year round.  See the Molokai Channel Swimmer's List on this website of those who have completed the channel to include times, month and year.

2.  Start Locations:  Some swimmers start from Laau Point, Molokai because it is closest to Oahu.  Located at the southern end of the west side, it is very rocky with little sand and can be difficult to get to from land and tricky to swim to from the boat if starting at night.  Most swimmers start at Kepuhi Beach (Kaluakoi Condos) for ease of logistics and a sandy beach.  It is located at the northern end of the west side of Molokai.  Starting here adds about one mile to the overall distance.  A third option is Papohaku Beach, midway between the north and south ends of western Molokai.  This location is flat, very sandy and typically affords an easy entry into the water, starting here also adds about one mile to the overall swim.

3.  Finish Locations:   Sandy's Beach (most ideal)
                                      Allen Davis Beach (just north of Sandy's, very rocky)
                                      Makapuu Beach (more north of Sandys, usually here because of current)
                                      Hanauma Bay (south of Sandy's, difficult to exit)
                                      Portlock (south of Hanauma - China Walls, very difficult to exit)
                                      Diamond Head Beach (add 9 miles to your swim, someone did
                                                      finish here once.  Recommended daylight only)

4.  Molokai Inns:   Blue Goose B & B
                               Phone:  (808) 552-0176

                               Hotel Molokai
                                Phone:  (808) 553-5347

                                Taxi:  Helimai Taxi  (808) 336-0967 or (808) 646-9060 (avail 24/7)

                                Flying into Molokai:  You cannot fly directly into Molokai from the
                                mainland or other countries.  From Oahu the following airlines are
                                available:  Mokulele Airlines, Phone 1-866-260-7070 (toll free)
                                                  Hawaiian Airlines, Phone 1-800-713-1220
                                           The Molokai Airport code is MKK.

5.  Recommended Boat Pilots:  Matt Buckman  (
                                                     Phone (808) 306-6012

                                                      Ivan Shigaki
                                                      Phone (808) 864-4572

                                     (Cost is negotiable between you and the pilot)

   It is highly recommended to buy your supplies on Oahu and have them on-board the
   boat before going to Molokai.  If there is a particular item you must have for this event
   or special nutritional supplement you area accustomed to, we recommend you bring it
   along with you, as you may not be able to find and purchase here.

6.  Weather Information:              

               Water temperatures range from the low 70s to mid 80s in the summer.
               Food, glow sticks, lubrication and a good support team are a must
               for this challenging swim!

7.  SHARKS!  Well yes, this is the ocean.  Here is a special offer for swimmers who
     would like some added protection in the slim chance of a shark encounter.
     The makers of 808esharkforce, a wearable device you can swim with, is offering
     this product to rent (credit card) for our Hawaii channel swimmers.  If interested,    
     please contact Amanda at
     Visit the website at:

     See video of channel swimmer Ranie Pearce swimming the Molokai Channel and
     having a Tiger shark encounter.  Fortunately, all ends well! 

8.  Tracking your swim.  Here is a link to connect you to a tracking system:  TRACK.RS - Advanced Adventure Tracking

9.  Points of contact:  If you have questions about your swim or with information
                                     on this website contact:
                                     Linda Kaiser
                                     (808) 372-2360


                                      Bill Goding
                                      (808) 221-1671

                                                   GOOD LUCK!


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