2013 Maui 'Aumākua 3-Beaches

2.4 or 1 Mile Sprint Swim


Online Entry at Club Assistant: working

2013 Paper Entry Form

Course Map

Beach Set-Up No Arch

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Maui County Parks & Recreation has denied our permit request

because "busy weekend for the public: and there have been petitions received complaining of lack of public access due to on going events".

(Not sure what events ... there are no more ocean swim races (for 2 years) nor triathlons on Maui).

DLNR was OK, Ocean Safety OK, Ambulance OK ... just Parks.

2013 'Aumakua Swim IS OFF

  •  NEW LOCATION Swim Sept 2 on Wailea-Kihei border.

  •  USMS and USA-S Sanctions Pending.

  •  New location has 3 LG towers overseeing course, easier course-watching, better parking, more local eateries ... but No Arch, less coral and more sand.



MCS Website


Entry Forms: Preferred method is online with Club Assistant

(credit card OK, no extra cost)

online-USMS Entrants or online-USA-Swimmers.

or paper 2013 Form

2013 Safety Plan


Click above for large map of course overlaying satellite view and beach setup. Click here for Google Map of Race LocationSafety info.

You must be registered with USA-Swimming or with USMS to swim in this dual-sanctioned event.  OneEvent 2013 USMS Form. FullYear 2013 USMS Reg.





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Race-Avg +0.8ft

Sunrise: 6:10am Moonrise: 3:49am

Full Moon +13days

Click for Wailea Maui Forecast


[If no plot appears here, use text options instead of graphical] Average Water temperature 79F (27C) this time of year.  Click for Typical weather. Tides, Sunrise, Sunset, Moonrise, and Moonset for the 7th Annual Maui 'Aumakua Swim 9/5/11 are in table at left.



The Maui Channel Swim takes place from Lanai to Kaanapali Saturday August 31, 2013.

Net proceeds from this swim benefit two non-profit co-hosting swim clubs on Maui: Maui Dolphins Swim Club (USA-S) and Maui Masters Swim Club (USMS).  We try to keep costs of running a safe and fun swim low with the generosity of our sponsors and volunteers.

Click here for an article in MauiTime about sharks ... with a note about 'Aumakua.  For more information on the sea life we swim with, see this presentation created by one of our Maui Masters and Maui Dolphins coaches: Dave Rostetter.  And another current article from the Maui News about Pink Cap Maui ocean swimmers And an article from last year in Hana Hou Magazine regarding channel swimmers.

'Aumākua: Family or personal gods, deified ancestors who might assume the shape of sharks (all islands except Kaua'i), owls (as at Mānoa, O'ahu and Ka'ū and Puna, Hawai'i), hawks (Hawai'i) 'elepaio, 'iwi, mudhens, octopuses, eels, mice, rats, dogs, caterpillars, rocks, cowries, clouds, or plants.  A symbiotic relationship existed; mortals did not harm or eat 'aumākua (they fed sharks), and 'aumākua warned and reprimanded mortals in dreams, visions, and calls.

"The Arch".  For more pictures of this part of the ocean, check out our Sunday swims at Tropical Light Photography.

Click for Kahului Maui Forecast



Current Weather in Wailea (just north of Makena) and at Kahului (Maui airport)

For more info on Hawaiian (including Maui) beach safety, check the new UH website.  More beach safety can be found on this Kaua'i site, too.  And Oahu's lifeguard page.

See these other sites for references about 'Aumakua: Coffee Times, article from Honolulu Advertiser, a definition, or from KCC.

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Sponsors 2013

*Menehune Mano

*Krueger & Keck

*The Learning Center of Maui


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