Aloha, drag racing fans! Today we’re taking you on a tropical trip to the great state of Hawaii. Although Hawaii is known for its breathtaking landscape and beautiful beaches, it’s also home to three drag racing tracks. Read about them here and catch some races in addition to the waves on your next vacation.
Kauai Raceway Park
Considered the westernmost NHRA track in the USA, the Kauai Raceway Park is run by nonprofit corporation Garden Isle Racing Association. The strip hosts a variety of racing events, including classes for street-legal cars, imports, junior dragsters, and professional race cars. Visit their Facebook page for the latest racing event updates and other guidelines.
Also known as the Pana‘ewa Drag Strip, the track opened back in 1978 and is located just southeast of Hilo, Hawaii. Some of the biggest events include BIAC Memorial Day Drags and the BIAC Tommy Thompson Labor Day Drags, where you’re likely to see racers from The Big Island Auto Club and the Hawaii Drag Racing League. You can find all the recent updates on racing events on their Facebook page.
Maui Raceway Park
The nonprofit organization Valley Isle Timing Association first broke ground on this park in 1963 in an effort to provide a safe environment for racers. The quarter mile track is considered to be one of the five oldest dragstrips in the country. Although the track frequently sees over 2000 spectators, events are postponed (not cancelled) for the remainder of the season due to the COVID pandemic. You can check their website for more details and updates on events as they come.
An earlier version of this article stated incorrectly that the Maui Raceway Park was closed for the remainder of the season. The Maui Raceway Park have clarified that events are postponed until further notice.