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Great Aloha Run kicks off on Feb. 8

HONOLULU – There’s still time to sign up for the 37th Annual Hawaiʻi Pacific Health Great Aloha Run (GAR). To protect the health and safety of runners and the community, this year’s race will be a virtual event. This will allow participants to run the 8.15-mile foot race at any location they chose, at any time, and for however many days they wish to complete the race between February 8-15, 2021. Sign up today at to help raise money for dozens of local charities!

“There is no doubt that the past year has been challenging for everyone, but we are not going to let that change our commitment to giving back to the community,” said Carole Kai Onouye, who co-founded the Great Aloha Run and continues to spearhead and organize the race through Carole Kai Charities, Inc. “Our race slogan this year is ‘Together Mo Bettah’, and that exemplifies our Hawaii spirit. When we join together, we are able to excel and accomplish anything. All money raised from the race goes towards supporting local organizations.”

Virtual participants will have eight days to complete the 8.15-mile race, the equivalent of running from Aloha Tower to Aloha Stadium. Participants also can choose to walk, run or jog the race, or even do it on the treadmill, as well as log and track their mileage online on All participants will receive a finisher’s T-shirt, medal, certificate and additional GAR swag once they’ve completed the race. Fun and engaging events and activities are being planned for GAR weekend (February 12 to 15, 2021) including music, health tips, professional and school challenges, and fabulous prizes!

“We began sponsoring the Great Aloha Run four years ago as part of our ongoing commitment to creating a healthier Hawai‘i, and we’re pleased to continue our support of this iconic event,” said Ray Vara, president and CEO of Hawai‘i Pacific Health. “This year’s virtual format will allow participants to still engage, have fun and raise much-needed funds for the community all while in a safe environment.”

A two-day livestream event from Hawaii Theatre, Great Aloha Run Kanikapila Series, will feature some of Hawaii’s beloved and legendary artists. On Saturday, February 13th, the lineup will feature Koolau Serenaders, Kamakakehau Fernandez, Melveen Leed, Pomaikai Keawe & Malie Lyman, Nue (Na Ukulele Ekolu) and Shawn Pimental. On Monday, February 15th, the last day of the race, live entertainment will be provided by Jon Yamasato & Herb Ohta Jr., Bobby Moderow, Del Beazly, Nathan Aweau, and Manoa DNA.

Through the generosity and aloha from the thousands that take part, last year’s Great Aloha Run generated $170,000, benefitting more than 100 charitable organizations and the military in 2020. In total, the Great Aloha Run has raised more than $14.5 million for over 150 Hawaii’s non-profit organizations and community groups during its 37-year history.

This is the fourth year that Hawai‘i Pacific Health, one of the state’s largest health care systems, has been the title sponsor for the event.

Register for the Great Aloha Run today!
Source: The Garden Island

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