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Setting the skies on fire again this June 1 & 2, 2019 – The Maui Kite Fest returns for 2nd annual kiteboarding festival. 

Sixty two locals and foreign riders converged at Kanaha Beach Park for a fun-filled weekend, spectators enjoyed the action from land or sea as riders compete against each other on racing, freestyle, foiling both for women and men. Last year’s action included Kai Kai Drexler, the youngest competitor and winner of the foil freestyle discipline, local Naish heroes Karlie Thoma, Olivia Jenkins & Tim Walsh on the freestyle podium and ACTAI members Dan Lasen and Nick Levi from San Francisco showing the kids how it’s done with some serious Big Air action. 

Aside from the competitive arena, the Maui kite community gave full support for the love of the sport and the ocean starting of with a beach clean up and traditional Hawaiian ceremonies led by Kamehameha VI to bless the festivities. 

And behold, the wind gods has blessed us showcasing why Maui is the heart of kitesports.

Butterfly effect & Tatiana Howard showed mutual support as the girls paddled their way into the event site where food trucks and other local products are there to enjoy for the whole family in between the action. The event gave smiles and good vibes to everyone topped with traditional Hawaiian luau ending the weekend festivities in true Hawaiian tradition.

The most exciting news is the Maui Kite Festival 2019 is an official event qualifier for the Red Bull King of the Air 2020 in Cape Town. 

The crew behind Maui Kite Fest hopes to bring a bigger and better fun-filled event for everyone on June 1 and 2 at Kanaha Beach Park.