Kaʻena Point Firecracker 2023


Date: July 1, 2023
Start Time: 7:00 am
Race Directors: Keith Campbell and Tanya Florin


Tickets for Kaʻena Point Firecracker 2023 are not available.

About the Race 

Date: July 1, 2023
Start Time: 7:00 am
Race Directors: Keith Campbell and Tanya Florin

This race is a relatively flat out-and-back 9.5-mile run along the north and west sides of Kaʻena Point. The course parallels the ocean along beaches, jeep trails, single-track pathways, and an abandoned railroad right-of-way. The views are beautiful, but you’ll want to keep your eyes on the uneven ground ahead!

Independence Day (Fourth of July) is the theme of the Firecracker trail race. We encourage you to wear festive attire!

NOTE a change at the finish line: We’re proud to announce that the HURT Trail Series will be cupless! Bring your own reusable cup for post-race rehydration.

Race Check-In Procedure

  • PARKING: When you arrive, please take directions from our volunteer parking attendants. Race participants and friends must park off the pavement on the ocean or mountain sides of Farrington Highway. The dirt parking lots above and below the end of the pavement on Farrington Highway are reserved for non-race users of Kaʻena Point State Park. Carpooling is highly encouraged.
  • CHECK-IN: Check-in on race morning is required at tables in the ocean-side parking lot between 6:20 and 6:55 am. At check-in, participants are given a bib with an assigned number. Please display the number prominently on the front of your body for timing purposes. If you miss the 6:55 am cut-off for registration, you must wait until after the race has started to register and begin your run. Your time will not be adjusted for the delayed start.
  • PORTABLE TOILETS: Two portable toilets will be available at the ocean-side parking lot entrance.
  • Contact us if you have any questions.

During the Race

  • ON-COURSE HYDRATION: Carry at least a 20 oz. water bottle. Race participants are typically on the course for 1-3 hours. After the sun rises above the ridge, there is no shade on the course. We also recommend a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
  • AID STATION: There will be a small aid station at the 5-mile turnaround point on the west end of the course where you can top off your water bottles. Light snacks may also be available.
  • COURSE MARKERS: On the north side, the course will be marked with orange marking tape and flags. Course marshals will be stationed along the route. There are numerous jeep tracks and alternate pathways, so please stay on the marked route so everyone runs the same distance. On most of the west side, the course is not marked because there are no intersections or alternate paths.
  • TRAIL ETIQUETTE: The Kaʻena Point Trail is open to the public. Please be courteous to other trail enthusiasts. Beware of vehicles on jeep tracks.
  • PROHIBITED: State parks prohibit animals except for service dogs. Alcoholic beverages are also prohibited. Racers should not enter the bird sanctuary at the tip of Kaʻena Point.

Start Location

Kaʻena Point Trail
Waialua, HI 96791

Course Map 


Awards are given to the first three finishers in each of the three categories.