This August, the pristine turquoise waters of Honaunau Bay on the Big Island of Hawai‘i will host the first ever outdoor freediving competition held in the United States. Competitors from across the globe will descend on the idyllic western shores to compete for the Cup of Freediving in Hawaii and a chance to make history. The three-day event will feature a documentary film screening, multiple days of competition, and an all-ages closing party and awards ceremony.
Thing to Do in Honaunau – History in the Making
While freediving in Hawaii has a long and storied history across the South Pacific and a popular pastime on the island, there are currently no U.S. national freediving records. With this being the first competition on U.S. “soil,” the pride of setting the initial record is sure to be short-lived and the competition fierce as the field of enthusiastic divers competes for the chance to continually best the temporary records posted with every successful dive. Whomever finishes victorious is sure to walk away with the country’s first depth and breath-holding marks, in addition to the 2018 crown.
The diving takes place across three days, August 24-27 2018. The festivities begin on Friday, August 24 with check-in for all competitors (aged 18+) at the Aloha Theater in Kona. That evening, attendees will screen the feature documentary “Dolphin Man” and get to know the field, with competition running Saturday through Monday. After the final dives on August 27, a celebratory awards ceremony will be held on the scenic shores of Honaunau Bay with festivities and fun for all. Spectators are welcome and will have excellent views from the beach, shoreline, and even the City of Refuge at Pu`uhonua O Honaunau.
Open to all certified divers and USFF members, the competition is open to divers of various disciplines including Constant Weight, Free Immersion, and Constant Weight without Fins. Before each dive, competitors will declare their discipline and target depth. Tickets are available online, and more details will follow closer to the event.