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See World-Class Athletes Compete

Warm temperatures. Epic waves. Lush, hilly terrain. There are a million reasons why athletes flock to the Hawaiian Islands for a variety of high-caliber sporting events. During your visit, you can see everyone from pro surfers to golf legends to some of the biggest soccer stars in the world go head to head in paradise.

Here’s a look at some of the top spectator sports in Hawaiʻi. Time your travel to see a game, tournament or match, or check the event calendar to see what’s happening during your stay.

Golf

Hawaiʻi has some of the lushest golf links you’ll find anywhere, which is one reason why golf pros come here both to practice and compete in major tournaments like these:

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Football

Hawaiʻi may not have its own professional football team, but America’s Game has a home here – from top-tier college action to rising stars from around Polynesia.

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Soccer

See some of the best players of the world’s most popular sport at events like the Pacific Rim Cup, which gathers all-stars from the U.S., Canada and Japan for an international soccer showdown.

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Basketball

Each year, Hawaiʻi plays host to multiple basketball games and tournaments that showcase some of the top players in the NBA, NCAA and more.

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Tennis

From current ranked champions to retired greats, you can see legendary match-ups at Hawaiʻi’s tennis tournaments.

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Surfing & Ocean Sports

As the world’s surfing capital (and home of some of the biggest, baddest waves on the planet), there are many opportunities to watch the world’s most legendary surfers battle it out on Hawaiʻi’s swells.

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​Rodeos & Horse Racing

You may associate rodeos with the American West, but Hawaiʻi has its very own paniolo (cowboy) culture. Experience only-in-Hawaii traditions, such as double mugging and poowaiu (a Hawaiian cattle-wrangling technique) at our family-friendly rodeos and horse racing events.


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Sporting Event Highlights

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

Each winter, you can watch pro surfers tackle mind-blowing breaks on the North Shore of Oʻahu at this legendary competition, which features three separate events for men and women.

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