2017 Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival Celebrates 5th Anniversary May 21, 2017

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Ekiden Hawaii 2017

Fifth Annual Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival to be held on May 21, 2017

WHAT: 2017 Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival
WHEN: May 21, 2017
REGISTRATION: http://hnlekiden.org/registration-fee/


The Honolulu Ekiden Foundation invites you to “Hoʻohui Paʻani” or “Be united in play” at the Fifth Annual Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival. Last year,the Foundation brought more than 1,300 runners together for a relay race and music festival,and once again welcomes runners to register for its 2017 event on May 21st.

The Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival culminates in a star-studded concert finale at the Waikiki Shell, featuring hip-hop, reggae and rock sensations, Dirty Heads, known for their hits “My Sweet Summer,” “Lay Me Down,” and recent release “That’s All I Need.” Their current single “Oxygen” from their self-titled album is out now. Grammy-nominated and internationally known Gin Blossoms, are recognized for their numerous hits including “Hey Jealousy” and “Follow You Down.” Singer/songwriter Piko Taro is best known for his smash viral sensation hit “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen” and his latest song “Orange Juice.” And extremely popular Japanese rock band FLOW will also perform.

Ekiden Hawaii 2017


Participants in the relay are encouraged to register in two to six-member teams before May 18.

The registration fee includes participation in the Ekiden race and admission to the nighttime music festival at the Waikiki Shell (tickets are first come first served for the first 2,000 participants).

The Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival is the only one of its kind in Hawaii, bringing Japanʻs Ekiden tradition of a marathon-length relay race to the islands. In ancient Japan, the Ekiden was a method to pass along important news from provinces to the capital with multiple messengers, completing different segments of the journey. Today, the event symbolizes teamwork and cooperation to achieve a common goal, with races held throughout Japan.

It is the goal of the 2017 Ekiden to promote tourism, foster cultural understanding between the residents of Hawaii and Japan and provide a way for friends, co-workers, running and military groups to participate together in a race that not only promotes teamwork and competition but most importantly is a lot of fun.

  • The Honolulu Ekiden experience culminates in a star-studded music festival at the Waikiki Shell. Every year the thrilling lineup includes a combination of international and domestic rock bands as well as pop artists.
  • The 26.2 mile (42.2 km) course is divided into six legs (sections).
  • The race will begin with the first running member of the team at the start line wearing the team sash. The sash must be worn across the chest at all times by the runner. The team member wearing the sash must run through the arch before giving the sash to the next runner.
  • There will be five relay stations along the race course. This is where team members must pass the sash to the person who will complete the next leg (section).
  • For teams with fewer than six members, one runner may complete more than one leg (section). However, that runner must complete consecutive legs (sections). For example, the first runner can complete Legs 1 and 2, but not Legs 1 and 3.
  • Every sash contains an electronic chip that will register at each relay station. The electronic chip must be returned at the finish line.
  • The cut-off time to complete legs 1, 2, and 3 is three hours, thus all teams must start leg 4 (Sandy Beach) by 8:30 AM.
  • The cut-off time to complete the entire course is six hours