FAQ

WHAT IS THE COVID PROTOCOL?

This is a very unique time as we navigate through this pandemic.  We are appreciative that the state is planning to allow outdoor race events such as the Makahiki Challenge in February.  However, the state is requiring that all participants are either vaccinated or show proof of negative Covid test.  PLEASE EMAIL US PROOF OF YOUR VACCINATION CARD AT REGISTRATION@MAKAHIICHALLENGE.COM as soon as possible! This will help expedite the process on race day.  You will be required to wear a mask until you start running and when you are done running. You will be required to show proof of vaccination when picking up your bib if we did not receive it via email.  We will continue to keep you updated if anything does change.  

 

HOW DO I CHECK IN AND GET MY RACE BIB?

RACE DAY BIB PICK-UP ONLY.

-Race bibs will be available on-site.  Bib pick up begins at 6am for all 10k trail runners only! Bib pick up begins at 7am for all 5k obstacle racers.  Please note that you do not have to arrive first thing in the morning, you can pick up your bib before your heat.  We recommend arriving between 45 minutes to an hour prior to your heat time. 

-You will need your photo ID and your bib number to pick up your bib.  Bib numbers will be emailed to you race week and will also be posted to our website.  Hard copy waivers are no longer necessary this year if you signed one online! If someone registered for you, you will get an email for you to sign the waiver.

-For legal and liability reasons, race bibs and medals may not be picked up by anyone but the participant whose name is on the registration.

 


PLEASE NOTE: There will be a tab on your race bib for you to claim your t-shirt at a separate booth. 

Did you pre-pay for parking? Your parking pass will be mailed to the address you provided at registration. 

 

WHAT IS THE HO'OIKAIKA HEAT?

Ho'o Ikaika: To make a great effort, work hard, strengthen, fortify

The Ho'oikaika heat is our first heat of the day.  We save this time for those that are more competitive.  This heat is an additional $10 and will be the same course as the open 5k heats, although these runners will be timed and are eligible to win a prize!

 

 
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 10K (RUN ONLY)?

This is the first time we are making a 10k run available!  We understand some people don't feel up for conquering our obstacles, so we've created a 10k run with zero obstacles for those wanting to just run!  This race starts at 7:00am.  All runners will get a special 10k finisher medal.  Shirts are available for purchase, and will be the same as the Makahiki Challenge 5k Obstacle Race finisher shirts.  

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO RUN?

14 years old.  Participants under 18 years old are required to have a parent or guardian’s consent and signature on the waiver.

 

 

WILL THIS EVENT BE TIMED? 

The 10k Run and Ho'oikaika heat will be timed.  All other heats are not timed.  

 

WHAT DO I GET?

1.      Makahiki Challenge T-shirt. (excluding 10k runners)

2.      Finisher’s Award       

3.      The best views in the world (Jurassic Park location)

4.      One nuts 5k obstacle mudrun

5.      Entrance to the Pa’ina/Concert.  

6.      One free Pia (beer) if you are 21 or over. 

 

DO YOU NEED TO BE IN GREAT SHAPE TO DO THIS? 

No, but it would help.

I DON'T THINK I CAN DO AN OBSTACLE.  CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE?

Yes! You can bypass any obstacle you want.  Although, if you are competing in the competitive heat, you must complete all obstacles to be eligible for a prize.

 

IS IT SAFE?

Compete at your own risk. There is definitely risk involved, but we take every measure necessary to make sure you finish safely. In case of an emergency, there will be a medic on site.



WHAT IF IT RAINS?

Rain or shine, it’s go time!  

 

WHAT DO I WEAR?

Good running shoes and clothes that can get dirty.  We encourage you to wear something to represent Hawaii. Wear your malo or your hula skirt if you want to fit in. 

 

I CAN' MAKE IT, OR SOMEONE ON MY TEAM CAN'T MAKE IT. CAN WE TRANSFER THE REGISTRATION TO SOMEONE ELSE? 

You can do a transfer to another person only if done before Feb. 2, 2022.  There is a $25 fee.  Both will need to email us at info@makahikichallenge.com with the request and include both names.  

 

CAN I SIGN UP ON MY FRIEND'S TEAM?

Yes! Find out your friend's team name and choose it when registering yourself. YOUR ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO RUN IN THE SAME HEAT.  You can register for the same heat time as long is there is availability. Otherwise, you will need to run in a different heat time.  

 

 

CAN I CHANGE MY HEAT TIME?

There are absolutely no heat changes allowed.

 

 

WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE ON RACE DAY?

The gates to the race entrance will open at 6:00am.  We recommend that you arrive at least 45-60 minutes prior to your heat time.

 

 

HOW MUCH IS PARKING?

$10 if purchased while registering online.  $20 on the day of the event. Your parking pass was mailed out!  If you registered within 10 days of the race and paid for parking, your name will be on a separate list with the paring attendant. 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE PA'INA?

We have Hawaii’s most memorable artists to get you dancing, drinking pia (beers), and pounding some ono grinds (good food).

 

CAN I BRING MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS WITH ME TO ENJOY THE PA'INA?

There will be a $10 spectator fee that will be collected at the entry point of the race grounds.  The valley is privately owned and there is a fee for each person that attends.    

 

DO I HAVE TO SHOW MY ID TO DRINK BEER?

Yes.  Wristbands will be given out to anyone 21 and older.  You must have a wristband to get a beer.    

 

WILL THERE BE A PLACE TO RINSE OFF?

No, we do not have a rinse station available this year.  Although the weather looks to be quite sunny, we recommend bringing a personal gallon of water to rinse yourself with. 

 

CAN I GET A REFUND?

No refunds are given under any circumstances.

 
HOW DO I GET THERE?

49-560 Kamehameha Highway , Kāne‘ohe, HI 96744

 

Kualoa is just 45 minutes from Waikīkī. Take the H-1 Freeway west to the Likelike Highway, Route #63. Proceed up the Likelike Highway and through the Wilson Tunnel. Descend towards Kaneʻohe town and exit onto Kahekili Highway, Route #83, heading north.

 

Continue along Kahekili Highway – note that the road becomes Kamehameha Highway as you pass the historic “Hygienic Store” in the village of Kahaluʻu. In about 10 minutes you will see signs indicating you are approaching the Kualoa entrance which will be on your left as you round the curve past Mokoliʻi Island (Chinaman’s Hat).  

 

DO NOT TURN INTO THE MAIN ENTRANCE.  YOU MUST CONTINUE ON THE ROAD FOR ONE MILE.  JUST AROUND THE BEND IS A SMALL GATE WITH OUR FLAGS.  TURN LEFT INTO THAT GATE AND FOLLOW THE ROAD WHERE VOLUNTEERS WILL DIRECT YOU WHERE TO PARK.

 
WHAT DOES MAKAHIKI MEAN?

Makahiki translates to annual or yearly. Makahiki Challenge is meant to be an annual challenge for the people of Hawai'i and its visitors.  The word Makahiki is commonly associated with an ancient Hawaiian festival.  In ancient Hawaii, Makahiki festival was a festival beginning in about the middle of October and lasting about four months.  It was filled with sports and religious festivities, and at this time war was kapu (prohibited).  Makahiki celebrated harvest and the Hawaiian god associated with rain, Lono.  The mark of the beginning of Makahiki was the sight of the Pleiades constellation seen in late October or early November.