Ironman, Hawaii (October 10 - 14, 2012)

Ironman, Hawaii (October 10 - 14, 2012)

Hana ho opīhoihoi means adventurer in Hawaiian and what better adventure is there than the Ironman! On October 13th, 2012, 1,800 athletes from around the globe will converge on Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i to take part in the 36th Ironman Triathlon, testing the limits of mind, body and spirit, and we will be there!

Blue Monkey Adventure is heading to Hawaii for 3 reasons. First to volunteer at the Ironman. We will be on the course manning aid stations, at the transition area and celebrating at the finish line! Second, we will be engaging in our own unique athletic events. We’ll swim with dolphins, bike down the Mauna Kea volcano and run around for the fun of it. So if you are an athlete who wants to be at the heart of this world class event, but don’t want to compete in a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride or a marathon yourself, this is for you. We are even staying at the King Kamehameha, the headquarters hotel. Finally, our adventure will allow you to enjoy the excitement of a traditional Hawaiian Luau, the charm of a tour and dinner at a local microbrewery and sumptuous breakfasts each morning against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

Thursday we’ll start our adventure with the essence of Hawaii – swimming with the dolphins. The love and joy they embody is contagious. We’ll delight in the beauty of the ocean world while we feel the warmth of the sun on our bodies. The spinner dolphins are curious and sociable—especially the young ones. They are intelligent, friendly and willing to share their love and enjoyment of life with us. Let’s play with them! After that, we’ll enjoy an undeniable right of Hawaii – a traditional luau!! Roasting a pig and raising a ruckus in a grass skirt, yeah!!

One of the most exciting parts of the trip will be a mountain bike ride, dare I say, down a volcano! 95% of the ride is downhill – hey it beats riding the bike up the volcano! This ride also includes spectacular views of the Kohala coast, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa. Hualalai, and even Haleakala on the island of Maui as the route takes you down through lush pastures and tree-lined roads. We’ll cruise above the town of Hawi, a historical plantation town, as we face the ocean and head through Kapa’au to the statue of King Kamehameha for our reward – lunch! You can also browse in the quaint shops nearby before we ride back along the lower Kohaal Coast Highway.  After that, we’ll enjoy a much deserved beverage and dinner at Kona’s original brewery.

Saturday will be spent in complete service to the Ironman athletes!  There are over 5000 volunteers needed to support the 1800 participants.  Needless to say, there are so many opportunities.  Would you like to be at the transition area, at an aid station or at the finish line – your choice!! The positions fill up fast, so sign up now!!

Accommodations will be at the official race headquarters the King Kamehameha so you’ll be right in the middle of the action.This is an excellent trip for the hana ho opīhoihoi who wants to be a part of one of the planet’s greatest sporting events. You’ve seen it on TV; now experience it in real life.


Photos by Bakke-Svensson/Ironman

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