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ʻAu I Nā Mokupuni ʻEkolu Maui Nui Swim is a group event- invited swimmers aim to swim tandem-solos across each channel with a single time recorded for each crossing.  The event committee aims to select swimmers of comparable ability and speed.  There is usually one escort boat and swimmers must stay together.  Alternative swims may be conducted without an escort boat.  This 3-day event is for experienced swimmers only.  Those that apply and are accepted into the event must continue to furnish swimming benchmarks including distances and times to the event committee leading up to the event.  Ocean conditions vary greatly and swimmers must expect to swim more than the linear distances recorded for each planned swim.  In 2019, for example, swimmers swam over 36 miles (57.6 km) during the 3-day event due to strong currents.  The event has occurred 9 timesNote:  This is a wild event.  Nature cannot be controlled.  There is no ocean craft and crew that can handle all ocean conditions.  Weather conditions are carefully monitored and determine what swims are available during the 4-day window.

CERTIFICATION

Channel crossings are officially certified by the Hawaiʻian Channel Swimming Association (HCSA).  The HCSA’s rules must be strictly followed and are available at https://hawaiianchannelswim.org.  Completion of the 3 day event including channel and/or alternative swims will be certified by Maui Nui Swim only.

COST: 

Historically $1600 per person to swim all 3 channels.  The final cost is determined once the total pool of swimmers has been determined.  All other costs are at the swimmers expense: These costs may include, but are not limited to, the costs of travel to/from Hawaiian islands, ground transport, hotel, food, feeds, medical care, and gear.  Certification of each swimmer’s successful channel crossing(s) comes at no additional cost from either HCSA and/or Maui Nui Swim where appropriate.


CREW BROUGHT BY SWIMMERS:

Swimmers are encouraged to bring a support person to help with feedings.  Any additional persons intending to be on the escort boat must be approved in advance of the event.  Support personnel accompanying swimmers on the escort boat are intended to aid in the conduct of the swim and are not permitted for other purposes.

TRIPLE MAUI NUI SWIM also known as MAUI NUI TRIANGLE SWIM SOLO: 

For swimmers wanting to swim all 3 channels continuously please contact us for course advice, guidance, and more.  Suggested directions for the swim: Lanai to Maui, Maui to Molokai, Molokai to Lanai.

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ABOUT STEVEN MINAGLIA:

Steven Minaglia created ʻAu I Nā Mokupuni ʻEkolu Maui Nui Swim in 2017.  He has completed the event as a swimmer in every year the event has been run.


COACHING:

The best swim partner keeps you swimming despite all obstacles.  It is the person that leads you to think a lot less about yourself and a lot more about what is possible... 


The Maui Nui Swim

Established 2017