Ocean Paddler TV is proud to announce the First Live TV Broadcast of the World Championship of Men's Outrigger Canoe Paddling – The Molokai Hoe!
This groundbreaking Live TV broadcast pushes the boundaries of modern broadcast technology. After year’s of technology development and adaptation, Ocean Paddler TV has partnered with Oceanic Time Warner’s OC16 (channel 12 and 1012 in Hawaii) to bring Hawaii’s paddling fans 6 hours of live TV coverage across the remote waters of the Kaiwi Channel.
Video feeds from the event will be broadcast from boats and helicopters and hosted by:
- Guy Hagi (TV celebrity and avid waterman) and Lauren Spalding (World Champion
- Kala’i Miller – Ocean Paddler’s TV host and avid paddler.

The live TV broadcast of a canoe race from the remote and often treacherous waters of the
Kaiwi Channel
is a huge step forward for outrigger canoe paddling and signifies the well
deserved recognition as a mainstream sport of deep cultural significance in Hawaii.... with this
live TV broadcast, we are pushing the limits of technology and broadcast creativity, setting a
new standard for innovative sports TV coverage
....” Said Alex Reinprecht, executive Producer
In addition to the live TV broadcast, people from around the world can also watch via a webcast
“When we launched our first episode in 2008, our goal was to create a cultural connection between Hawaii, our state team sport and people all around the world, showcasing Hawaii in a true authentic light . Today we air weekly to over 50 million households on the mainland as well as international syndication. We have achieved our initial goal and continue to strive for higher excellence” Terry Galpin, Segment Producer -Director of Marketing of Ocean Paddler TV

Submitted by Kanu37 on Sun, 10/06/2013 - 1:44pm

mahalo nui

#1 Sun, 10/06/2013 - 3:52pm

For those who have a ROKU steaming player connected to your TV, looks like the race will be broadcast on the Livestream channel. Just finished watching some of the past races on this channel.

#2 Mon, 10/07/2013 - 1:43pm

This needs to and should've happened for the woman's race...sad how our woman are not supported in this

#3 Wed, 10/09/2013 - 9:14am

Yes, we couldn't agree with you more that the women should have this as well. We are grateful that we were at least able to give them a webcast. We also have done a TV special on this years race which is airing now on channel 12 and 1012 on Time Warner. If you live outside of Hawaii it will start to air on our national show on the NBC universal sports network next can watch it now, live at Next repeat is 10:00pm tonight. Check your local listings for 2013 Na Wahine O Ke Kai.

#4 Thu, 10/10/2013 - 10:40am

Hawaii friends, for those of you who want to come down to the finish of the Molokai hoe, we will have multiple TVs set up on the beach under a huge tent so you too can watch the race live! Looking forward to seeing everyone. 7:50-2:00pm.

#5 Fri, 10/11/2013 - 7:25pm

For people who live outside of Hawaii and can't watch the live TV broadcast , here is the link for the live webcast. Make sure you register and join in on the inter-active chat.

#6 Fri, 10/11/2013 - 7:27pm


#7 Sun, 10/13/2013 - 9:05am

how can us paddlers view episode of race?

#8 Sun, 10/13/2013 - 7:34pm

You can watch the feed here....

#9 Sun, 10/13/2013 - 7:37pm

I love doing this wife is disabled and homebound and I always feel guilty about leaving her alone for a few days...last year she watched the race on line and this year on the big screen TV and even though she did not see my canoe...she was part of the whole thing. I would like to thank Ocean Paddler for that...for bringing the race into the homes of our ohana. I know its not a big money maker for you guys
but it is awesome you do it. Mahalo.

#10 Sun, 10/13/2013 - 7:41pm


#11 Sun, 10/13/2013 - 8:09pm

Poi dog, I hope you don't mind, but I sent your comment to our EP Alex. We can get 1000 messages of praise and only a handful of complaints and I focus on the complaints..I am going to print your comment and put it on my bulletin board and when I feel frustrated..your comment will be there to inspire me to do better. Much love and aloha to you and your amazing wife..
With gratitude,

#12 Sun, 10/13/2013 - 8:08pm

Terry- look at the complaints as constructive, to make it even better.producer could have focused on other canoes in the race (from other countries) vs. just the leaders and could have focused on the canoes as they were finishing. This would have helped LAuren and Guy Hagi as they were drained after about 4-5 hours.

#13 Mon, 10/14/2013 - 10:08am

Terry, et al. I thought this edition of the Molokai webcast was your best show yet. It was a thrilling race and we didn't lose connection in the middle of the channel! You guys did an awesome job of coverage.

I agree with paddlefast re: constructive criticism. All of us just want to see this product getting bigger and better. To wit, the finish of the top ten boats got a bit scrambled. Maybe you guys were trying to do too much? That part of the race needs to be showcased.

Also, there must be a better way to identify the canoes/teams in the middle of the channel.. Poor Lauren was constantly guessing (sometimes incorrectly) as to who we were looking at on camera.

It must be incredibly difficult for Lauren and Guy to maintain their interest and conversation over 5+ hours, and to keep us viewers engaged. One tiny quibble: Guy seemed a bit over the top with his constant references to weather and wind conditions. Once or twice is sufficient.

Lastly, I know there have been many requests to show more boats back in the pack. I have no idea how you can accomplish that logistically with the pack scattered all over the channel. Please never lose sight of the fact that most of us want to see the front runners duking it out, with occasional forays back into the pack........pretty much the way you've been doing it.

Again, big mahalos to everyone involved with the production. You guys did yourselves proud!

#14 Mon, 10/14/2013 - 10:59am

Mahalo nui for the feedback. I will pass it all on to our EP and Leader Alex Reincrepht. The live TV broadcast was his vision years ago. When everyone was saying even a simple webcast couldn't be done within a reasonable budget, he proved them wrong..most cell phones don't even work in areas of the took 4 years to get the quality needed for TV and Alex figured it all out..I am proud to be part of a team who have made these channel races more spectator friendly..I personally feel with all the coverage by us and by magazines like PP and Makai as well as all the bloggers and people posting their videos on you tube's helping to take the sport to the next level and exposing new people to join in.

In the last 5 years We have gone from airing Ocean Paddler TV here in Hawaii to airing weekly to over 50 million households across the mainland, inflight on Hawaiian airlines and international syndication bringing the sports we all love to the world. The feedback from you folks is needed and valued. We had over 40 people working on the live TV broadcast yesterday and Alex and I joked we were the only ones NOT getting paid. I am sure Lono and Ropati will back me up when I say, none of us in the business of outrigger media are getting rich..We do it for the love of the sports in the hopes we can at least pay our mortgages. Hopefully some day we will have enough advertisers and partners to have several helicopters and countless media to be able to cover's a big channel and getting it all in at this point is nearly impossible.

We appreciate all of your feedback and support..I can take the feedback when it's coming from a place of aloha, it's the "mean ones" that frustrate me and at times suck the wind out of my sail!! As you all train hard to paddle the channel we do as well..I see how hard Alex works and everything he does for his team so that we can get the job done. keep it coming as it will only make us the end, the goal is to do the best we can with what we have!
Mahalo mahalo mahalo:):)

#15 Mon, 10/14/2013 - 1:57pm

much gratitude,mahalo palena 'ole

#16 Mon, 10/14/2013 - 1:42pm

I personally Enjoyed the coverage yesterday on TV, didn't care to much that they were getting the canoe clubs names wrong when they should have a manifest. I know its hard when you don't see the canoe number, but when they do and to call the wrong club is sad. As for the pack I feel that Front, Middle and the back should be cover if that means getting another camera out there maybe see if the Molokai Hoe committee can fit their budget. Because without those clubs in the middle and back there would really be NO race. I loved seeing the Junior boys out there! Hats off to those 3 clubs and the coaches that made it happen for those young men. And seeing them all come in with good placing. Hopefully this division will just grow and grow. I pray the Na Wahine looks into it!!!!
Great Job OC16 and Molokai Hoe committee another great year.

#17 Mon, 10/14/2013 - 7:23pm

Just want to say mahalo to TV crew. We watch the live feed from Canada and it was amazing and inspiring! I know some people was criticizing the TV crew for only covering the front pack but they don't realize the expense and logistic of having one or two more boats with extremely expensive equipment out there covering a 5hrs-7hrs race.

I get it people want to see their friends and family but cut the TV crew some slack. They did a phenomenal job. And for such a long hours coverage, the two commentators did great.

#18 Tue, 10/15/2013 - 8:23pm

Mahalo for all the support..just as an a fyi..our in studio hosts Lauren and Guy did have a list with the canoe clubs and numbers..sadly however it was hard for them to see the canoe numbers from where they were. Hats off to them. 6 hours of live tv is brutal and they did a amazing job!! Even I cant talk that long:):)

#19 Wed, 10/16/2013 - 1:38am

maybe over time this is something that OHCRA can help you guys with at Ocean Paddler and get bigger canoe numbers? not too sure how big the numbers would have to be to be readable on screen. that could be impossible, it seems like everything gets even more complex to just be able to consistently ID crews.

#20 Wed, 10/16/2013 - 5:44am

We were sitting in Island Flavors restaurant in Las Vegas following the race on our phones.
Great with clear video and good commentary. Liked the aerials! Might consider putting in some more Moloka?i history stuff. Thanks!

#21 Wed, 10/16/2013 - 7:20am

We did have some history and such on the race etc..I love all the feedback. What I think is so exciting, is your feedback is positive and hearing it from people we respect and value will only help us get better. We were excited that we didnt loose the feed even once and the quality of the picture was fabulous. Our EP nailed it. Do any of you remember the first time we did the webcast? We have come along way and I promise, with your support we will continue to get even better. OCHRA and OC16 were so supportive and had it not been for them and the sponsors we would of never been able to do this. The cost to do this is mind blowing.
I personally think its thrilling that people from around the world got to watch.

#22 Wed, 10/16/2013 - 9:29am

Nice job with the broadcast. I don't know how you guys technically did it, but it was awesome groundbreaking stuff to get the world tuned in.

And true, since this is the first ever of its kind there are a lot of suggestions by everyone. Here's my 2 cents to consider after crossing the channel in an escort boat recently for the Na Wahine and the Ho'e and watching coverage after the events on TV versus actually being on the ocean watching from the water level.

I've watched 100s of hours of coverage of the recent OC16 venue of broadcasting the Triple Crown and International/North American surf events and found that certain things work well after watching surfing for a few hours at a time continuously.

1) Using a group/pairs of several commentators for the different surfing heats, or in the case of the broadcast after 30 minutes, allows for fresh and different perspectives. This keeps the coverage lively and interesting. The commentators are energized after each "crew change."

2) Little snippets, profiles of the individual crews/teams pre-taped interspersed between the water shots would allow for variety of content, provides a nice break from continuous water shots, perhaps incentives for sponsor advertising product placement without formal commercials, and especially generates interesting viewing of the many different levels of participant paddler backgrounds from around the world (something for everyone about everyone).

3) Got a few more suggestions but these 2 big things seem to keep me interested when watching an event for hours at a time.

Mahalo again and outstanding job!

#23 Wed, 10/16/2013 - 11:41am

For those who live in Hawaii..the entire broadcast of the Molokai hoe is now available on channel 15 and HD15 on demand.

#24 Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:26am

Thought you guys would enjoy this picture of our control room during the live tv broadcast..behind the scenes action!

#25 Thu, 10/17/2013 - 12:28pm

I'm amazed and grateful you managed to pull off this live broadcast with minimal glitches. Great work! For the future, I'm sure it will only get better. Wish list items: a way to clearly identify the canoes so the commentators don't have to guess who is who, a few more pre-recorded segments to showcase some of the crews/paddlers, some kind of map showing the positions of the lead canoes (or even all the canoes), more cameras/boats on the water, do some post-race interviews in a studio rather than on the beach. Most of these will cost $$$ but hey, it's a wish list.

#26 Thu, 10/17/2013 - 2:39pm

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