A little about Hawaii Wiener Derby

Our Mission:

~ Rescue & rehome dachshunds to their forever home.

~ Provide scholarships to dachshunds who need IVDD surgery

~ Provide scholarships to dachshunds who need training to reduce fear aggression trauma

~ Support needy veterans by providing emotional support & service dogs to veterans

How it works 

Hawai'i Wiener Derby is an annual dachshund event entering it's seventh year. They are not serious races and we do not advocate dog racing for betting or competing. This is a fun event for families and their pets. All are welcome to attend and attendance for spectators is free. Please join us at beautiful Kualoa Ranch in Kaneohe on Saturday, October 29, 2022 8am -3:0pm. 

Onsite sign-in will be at the Dachshunds Race Tent. Onsite sign-in starts 1 hour before races (8:00 am). Dachshunds should be signed in at least 30 minutes before their race.

Race Descriptions:
Puppy – 4 months to 1 year old
Adult – 1 year to 9 year old
Senior – 9 year +
Hapa - Mixed dachshunds
Disabled will be either a stand alone race or with the seniors, depending on the number of registrants.

There will be a Champion Race for adult division to declare winner. Each winner of the championship race will receive a gift and a medal. 
All participants receive a special gift.

Race Fee • $25.00 - includes entrance fee to race for 1 dog and 2 handlers.

Please Remember…
All creatures great and small are welcome to attend the event. Due to the number of dogs racing, the event will take place most of the morning into the early afternoon to conduct. Please understand you may have a wait time between races before your dog participates. Bring a tent and/or chair to relax while awaiting your heat. Kualoa is either hot or rainy so be prepared for various weather conditions.  Please be sure your dog is well-socialized and leashed at all times. The only serious thing about this race is FUN!!!!

Our history

In 2008, two dachshund owners were sitting at their makeshift dog area at Ala Wai Park (before the doggy park there became a thing) in the baseball field and one said to the other, "So where's the dachshund races on the island?" The other said, "There isn't one!" And that where it all started.

We quickly organized a small team and secured a place at the Hawaiian Humane Society's Doggy Game Day at Thomas Square. The first year we had 75 dogs and LOTS of spectators.

By 2014, the number of dachshunds racing grew to 200 with vendors, photographers, television and media asking to be a part of this hilarious family event.


Our first race! Game day was great! We were nervous but we pulled it off and everyone had a grand time!


The second year brought double the amount of dachsunds than the first year!


The race continues to grow and we begin having puppy and senior races.


Every year proves to be a success with great announcers and photographers.


Once again at HHS Game Day, the race had grown to huge proportions. Sadly, it would be the last year of Game Day.


The Aikau family was generous enough to allow us to hold the derby on their property. Activities such as a Barn hunt demonstration and doggy nail painting were present. 


Brought by by popular demand after seven year hiatus! And everyone showed! Over 300 people at beautiful Kualoa Ranch. A Jurassic success!


Now we've created our own rescue, Hawai'i Dachshund Rescue, to help our local dachshund community find their forever home as well as....

IVDD scholarships

Give scholarships to dachshunds who severely injure their spine.Whether they need surgery or wheels, we will be there for them. 

fear aggression  scholarships

Dachshunds who have been abused & traumatized can develop fear aggression. We will help provide training for them.

Veterans companion & service dachshunds

There couldn't be a more loyal companion than a dachshund. And yes, despite their size they can be trained to be excellent service dogs.