Message from President and Race Director

President’s Message

Aloha and welcome to the annual Honolulu Ekiden & Music Event.

“Ekiden” is the name of a popular Japanese sport; a team relay running race over long distances. Each runner wears a sash and passes it on to their teammate at the relay exchange station. The sash is a symbol that represents teamwork and unites the runners in their quest to complete the race. Four years ago, the Honolulu Ekiden Foundation (“HEF”) introduced this sport to Hawaii. Held annually, the Hawaii version of Ekiden is a USA Track & Field certified marathon relay race from Kapiolani Park to Sandy Beach and back. The only race where you can run along the eastern coast of Honolulu, from Maunalua Bay to Sandy Beach.

2017 will be the fifth year of this young and growing event. The HEF strives to improve the event each year and make it memorable for all the participants. Once again, the music portion of the Event will include a Waikiki Shell evening concert.  We are looking forward to an eclectic lineup of artists!

We are excited to have your participation in this beautiful island race. Also remember to stick around Kapiolani Park for the post-race party. Complimentary food and drinks for runners. Live music at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand. Open to the public!

See you on race day! Ho’ohui Pa’ani (“United in Play”).


Konosuke Oda
Honolulu Ekiden Foundation


Race Director's Message

The Honolulu Ekiden & Music Festival will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary this year, as it continues to build on the exciting team-spirited Ekiden style of racing brought to us from Japan. Relay members from Hawaii and Japan team up to participate in a marathon distance run supported by volunteers, aid stations, and entertainment throughout. Each team is comprised of 2 to 6 relay members who take turns covering the marathon course from Kapiolani Park to Sandy Beach and back.

This year, we’re looking forward to even more competition, fun, and excitement. Having strong ties to the Ekiden style of racing in Japan, we are focusing on increasing participation of Hawaii’s youth and high school teams. We are expecting approximately 20 high school teams to participate and Ho’ohui Pa’ani (“unite in play”).

The vision of the Honolulu Ekiden Foundation is to promote peace and social welfare among people through amateur sports and cultural activities such as this race and music festival. Of course, we’re also focused on bringing the Ekiden experience to Hawaii’s running community in the form of a challenging race with some exciting competition.

As a parting message, I would like to personally invite you to join us on race day by experiencing the event and becoming part of our Honolulu Ekiden family.

See you at the Honolulu Ekiden!


Brent Imonen