On September 15, 2018, I took my daughter and my two nephews to watch the Paniolo Parade in beautiful Kamuela, Hawaii. I usually make it a tradition to take my daughter to go and watch as it
45th Annual Queen Likiuokalnai Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races
This is an exciting event. It's free to the public, to watch as spectators, and a lot of fun for the whole family, especially if you know someone in the race!
September 1-5, 2016
45th ANNUAL QUEEN LILI'UOKALANI LONG DISTANCE OUTRIGGER CANOE RACES
The Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races welcomes more than 2,500 outrigger canoe paddlers to Kona for its signature 18-mile long distance race, the world's largest long distance outrigger canoe race. Kai 'Opua Canoe Club, one of Hawai'i's oldest outrigger canoe clubs, will host crews from all over the world. Other official race events unfold throughout the holiday weekend. Free to the public. For more information, call 808-938-8577, email [email protected] or visit www.kaiopua.org.
Here are some historical facts about the racing club:
Formed in 1929, Kai 'Opua Canoe Club is one of the oldest outrigger canoe clubs in the State of Hawaii. Located in Kailua town on the Kona Coast of Hawaii Island (The Big Island), Kai 'Opua Canoe Club offers outrigger canoe racing to people of all ages, from keiki (children) to seniors. With teams ranging in ability from groups of novices to world champions, we provide activities for enthusiasts of all levels.
In addition to the traditional single hull races, there are also one-person, two-person and double hull races at regular and long distances. Races and regattas occur nearly every weekend from May through September at various locations around the island. At the end of the regular season, a state-wide championship race is held to determine the best in the state among the members of the Hawaii Canoe Racing Association (HCRA).
Kai 'Opua Canoe Club is also host to the World's Largest Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races - "The Queen Lili'uokalani", now in it's 45th year. Crews from around the world converge on Kona for this prestigious event every Labor Day weekend. For more information on this event, visit our Queen Lili'uokalani - Race Schedule page. You can find out much more about the race and sign up for this year's event in this section.
Thanks to www.kaiopua.org. for the information.
Stay tuned for cancellations just in case of the hurricane watch. Be mindful of your surroundings and be prepared to keep your family safe and have a plan, just in case.
Thanks to Kona Web for providing the above information about the race.
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