What is the Runner’s Hale? A Runner’s Hale (House) consists of 5 to 8 athletes who will live and train together. Running and racing, they will lead by example, demonstrating the benefits of a regular running/exercise program and good nutrition. They will develop and implement running programs aimed at some of Hawai’i’s more troubling issues which are outlined in HPR’s Vision Statement.
The first Runner’s Hale (house) was located in Manoa Valley on the island of Oahu. Named, Kukini Hale.
In the Hawaiian language, Kukini means “runner, swift messenger, as employed by old chiefs, with a premium on their speed.” In ancient Hawai’i, the Kukini were selected to undergo strenuous physical and mental training to become swift foot runners. Such runners were used in battles, as messengers, spies, and as athletes in foot racing in the Makahiki games.
Today, the spirit of the Kukini will live on in those selected for this first phase of the Hawaii Running Project. They will be trained by Hawai’i’s modern coaches and advisors to race in grueling events such as the Great Aloha Run, the XTerra Trail World Championship, and the Honolulu Marathon. Most importantly, they will be carrying the message of the new Running Revolution that is taking place in Hawai’i.
At the Runner’s Hale you have more than a room. You are provided with coaching, organized training, assistance with your diet, and discounts on run products and services.
In the future, there will be additional houses on Oahu and the other islands which will be specialized. Example: women only, trail running, long distance, track, health related, ect. Stay tuned for announcements regarding their application process.
Please write to us if you are interested in a room: HawaiiRunningProject@gmail.com