The Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN kicked-off in March 2013 as Hawaii’s first “Ekiden” relay race for amateur runners. "Ekiden" is a cultural event born and developed in Japan, bring both runners and supporters together in a spirit of harmony and joy. The term “EKIDEN” refers to a long-distance relay running race. The original concept of the race hearkens back to Japan's old communication and transportation system in which stations were posted at intervals along the road and letters and packages were delivered from one messenger to another until it reaches the final destination. The modern day EKIDEN is a sport were a team of runners (typically consists of 5 members) pass a sash from one runner to the next instead of a baton.
The Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN course starts at Kapiolani Park and continues alongside Diamond Head, offering a spectacular view of the ocean from the hill top turning point. The Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN is unique in its way as each team of 3~5 runners will take turns in completing the same course, meaning all runners will start and end at Kapiolani park making it more fun for the race supporters to be able to see all the action as well as team members to be able to cheer each other on.
The Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN was founded with the mindset to cross pollinate the deep culture of Japan and Hawaii through a fun sporting event, creating layers and layers of friendship looking past ethnicity, which in hope, become a big rainbow for generations to come. We hope to see you at the next event so that we can keep spreading this rainbow together!
|Date||March 13(sun), 2016 9:00am start (TBC)|
|Supporter||Honolulu Festival Foundation|
|*All team members must be students. Must present student ID at packet pick up.|
March 13(sun), 2016 9:00am start (TBC)
Kapiolani Regional Park