O Ka’u Kakou proudly announces the first annual Ka’u Family Fun Fest on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Na’alehu Park on Hawai’i Island. Online registration and event details are now available at race360.com/15811.
Known as “The Southernmost Goodwill Games in the USA”, this unprecedented event features a Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races, and a variety of athletic tournaments for all ages. Bay Clinic, a network of nonprofit community clinics, has been named the beneficiary of this summer fundraiser with proceeds going toward the construction of a new Ka’u Family Health Center.
This event promises to be a memorable experience for runners of all ages and abilities. The race course traverses an old historic “Cane Field Road” in Ka’u, once used for hauling sugar cane to Na’alehu and Pahala sugar plantations. Offering one of the most scenic views of the Big Island’s southern coast, the route encompasses over 30 miles of breathtaking coastal landscapes from mauka to makai (mountain to sea).
Following the race, athletes will demonstrate their skills and compete for prizes in archery, basketball, Jan Ken Po, a hunter’s obstacle course and Portuguese horse shoe tournaments. Live music and entertainment, a live auction with Mayor Billy Kenoi, food and vendor booths, a health expo and a number of children’s activities will be also featured.
Early registration ends May 11, 2011 (today) with the next registration deadline being set for May 31st where entry fees will be raised on a tiered fee schedule. The Half Marathon fee before May 11th is $45, before May 31st will be $50, before June 10th will be $55, and on June 11th will be raised to $60. The other races and tournaments have similar price increases on each deadline. Event information and updates can be found at okaukakou.com, bayclinic.org , on Facebook (Kau Family Fun Fest) and Twitter (@KauFamFunFest).
The Ka’u Family Fun Fest will be marketed heavily both locally and internationally, offering significant media exposure for participating sponsors and community leaders. Contact race director Raylene Moses at (808) 235-8251 or kaufamilyfunfest [at] gmail.com for information on volunteer, sponsorship and vendor opportunities.
Featured Photo Credit: Jordan Fischer