On September 5 and 6th, the worlds largest outrigger canoe race will take place along the Kona and the historic bays of Kailua, Keauhou, Kealakekua, and Honaunau.
This is the 38th anniversary of the Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Races.
The races on Saturday and Sunday both cover a distance of 18 miles. The race started in 1972 as a way to train for the grueling Na Wahine O Ke Kai (Women) and the Molokai Hoe (Men) as a long distance canoe race from the island of Molokai to the island of Oahu. The first race fell on Queen Liliuokalani's, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii, birthday September 2.
People from all over the world attend this competitive event. The most common crew sizes are OC-6 and OC-9. The race director is Mike Atwood and the contact person is Nicki Lacy-Enos who can be contacted at contact@Kaiopua.org.
Below are the ACA’s Paddle America Clubs in Hawaii:
- Hawaii Island Paddlesports Association
- Hawaii Sailing Canoe Association
- Hui Pakolea
- Hui Wa'a Kaukahi
- Kaneoche Canoe Club
- Maui Canoe and Kayak Club
- Paddling Athletes Association
To learn more about paddlesports events across the country, visit the ACA Event Calendar.
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