FAQ

HOW DO I CHECK IN AND GET MY RACE BIB?

RACE DAY BIB PICK-UP ONLY.

-Race bibs will be available on-site, beginning at 7am.  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 a week before the event 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? It 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

We listened to what you had to say, so this year the Makahiki Challenge is getting more challenging.  If you've already done our 5k obstacle course and thought it was too easy, try the new HO'OIKAIKA HEAT! Still a 5k, the HO'OIKAIKA HEAT puts challengers through more physically demanding tasks between obstacles (think hill climbs, bear crawls, and more carrying)...and at the finish, challengers will get a special HO'OIKAIKA Finisher Medal!


 

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 8:00 am Ho'oikaika heat (elite) and all other Ho'oikaika heats (8:15am, 8:30am, 8:45am) will be timed.  All other heats are not timed.  

 

WHAT DO I GET?

1.      Makahiki Challenge T-shirt

2.      One Pia (Must be 21 years old)

3.      Finisher’s Award

4.      Entrance to the Pa’ina/Concert

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

6.      One nuts 5k obstacle mudrun

 

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

Nah, 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? 

If you would like to do a registration transfer, you must email registration@makahikichallenge.com before 11pm on 12/1/19.  There is a $20 fee.  Any emails received after that date will not be addressed until after the event weekend.   

 

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?

You can change heats as long as there is availability in the desired heat time.  Please click HERE, log in and switch to another heat time (if it is available). Heat changes must be done before 11pm on 12/1/19.  

 

 

WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE ON RACE DAY?

The gates to the race entrance will open at 7:00am.  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. You’ll get your parking pass mailed to you if you pre-paid.  

 

 

 

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?

Yes, we have a rinse station.  It's not meant to be a full on bath/shower, just a rinse. Please conserve water and just take just a few minutes so others can rinse off too. 

 

 

 

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.