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The Annual
Queen Lili'uokalani Race

The world's largest long distance outrigger canoe race is set for August 31-September 4, 2017.


Cultural Craft Fair

Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe Race → General Information → Cultural Craft Fair

The Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe Race attracts over 2500 competitors from around the world, US mainland and Hawaii and concentrates them on one island, so if you're involved in paddling this is your chance to show the paddling world what you've got.
  • Location: Kailua Kona Pier
    This open area is right on the race start and finish line where all the action is. The display area will be near the official tent, announcer station and event activities ensuring maximum exposure to the paddlers. The cost of a booth space is $125.00
  • The Trade Expo is now OPEN FOR RESERVATIONS
    Craft Fair Coordinator Bo Campos 808-938-8577 or

What's New
with the Q.L. Races?

Live Tracking for Saturday's Races! This year, the Queen Liliuokalani Race is excited that we have teamed up with the innovative products and services company, DotVision, to bring you live tracking of Saturday's races. You will be able to track your favorite crews and events LIVE. A link to the official site will be published on the website and our Facebook pages prior to the race.

Also new in 2016, we have added MIXED Iron Saturday Races to our schedule! But if you require a canoe for the mixed races - you must act fast! We are only loaning out 10 canoes each for the Mixed Open and Mixed Masters (40+) races. Once we have reached that limit, YOU MUST PROVIDE OR SECURE YOUR OWN CANOE FOR THIS RACE. NOTE, THERE IS NO LIMIT OF ENTRIES. There is only a limit on the number of canoes we are lending out.

Queen Lili'uokalani
Race Sponsors


Kai 'Opua Canoe Club welcomes donations from individuals, corporations, trade associations and others interested in our organization and community services. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations to the Kai 'Opua Canoe Club are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

To donate online using your Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover card, click here and you will be directed to our secure Donations page.