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Queen Lili'uokalani - Men's Finishing Area

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The Annual
Queen Lili'uokalani Race

The world's largest long distance outrigger canoe race is set for September 1-September 4, 2016. Online registration closes after 9/2/2016.

Race Schedule

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Labor Day Weekend
Thursday, September 1, 2016 through Sunday, September 4, 2016
and including The Ali'i Challenge - Monday, September 5, 2016

NEW!!! Thursday: Hulakai OC4 (4 person canoes) Sprint Relay Race
Just added to our collection of weekend activities is a fun, sprint race consisting of teams of 8 paddling in 4-man canoes. The race will take place in the bay at Kailua pier and will require that one team member do a short Stand-Up (SUP) segment in addition to paddling. Click here for more detailed information.

Saturday: Wa'a Kaukahi (single hull canoes)
The women and mixed 40s start this event paddling 18 miles from Kailua Bay to Honaunau. The men and mixed open then bring it back 18 miles to Kailua Bay. The Ironman divisions do so with no changes! Same team takes it all the way! AND NEW IN 2016, we will be adding MIXED iron races to our schedule! But act quickly, we are limiting the Open and 40+ categories to only 10 entries each. Awards ceremony will right after finish of men's race. Torchlight parade party starting at dusk.

Sunday: Wa'a Kaulua (double hull canoes)
On Sunday, the men and the women tie together two single hull canoes to make the double hulls, and the women and the mixed double hulls start, taking the Wa'a (canoes) 3 miles South to Lyman's, turn there and return to Kailua Bay for a total of six miles. Note - if you are participating in the double hull races, please bring with you 8 quick straps for rigging.

Sunday: OC1 (one person) & OC2 Races (two person)
The OC1 and OC2 canoe races are a recent addition to the more traditional racing events. The men and women paddling in this one follow the same course as the double-hull canoes. **Please note: We do not provide OC1 & OC2 for these races. We are working on securing information for those who register as to where they may inquire about renting one.

Sunday: Stand-up Paddleboards
Course goes south to Casa de Emdeko, turn there and return to Kailua Bay. Stock total distance: 3.5 miles and Unlimited: 4.5 miles. This year, Hulakai is helping sponsor the SUP event for the weekend. They offer:

  • Rentals stock class boards
  • Race shirts for early registration online
For more information, visit their site at or by phone at 808 896-3141. Boards are also available for rent at Kona Boys at Kamakahonu Bay 808-322-4166 or 808-329-2345.

Sunday: Teen (single hull canoes)
We are again this year adding three Keiki divisions (OC-6 - 6 person crews): 16 and under, 18 and under & mixed, 18 and under. The young people paddling this race follow the same course as the double hull canoes. Luau & Awards to follow.

Monday: Ali'i Challenge (single hull canoes - 12 person team - 2 mixed crews)
The paddling course will run north, the first turn will be at a buoy just outside the Honokohau Harbor. Then the course will double back on itself and the second turn will be at a buoy approximately 1/2 mile south of the Kailua-Kona pier. The third turn will be right about where the finish line is for Saturday's men's race, for a short approach to a lane marked by buoys off the pier where the crew change for the second mixed crew will take place. Learn more by clicking here or visit the "Alii Challenge" link in the main menu. Take on the Challenge!

What's New?
The Q.L. Registration Center

New in 2016, we will be adding MIXED Iron Saturday Races to our schedule! But you must act fast - we are only taking 10 entries each in the Mixed Open and Mixed Masters (40+). **BOTH THE MIXED OPEN AND MIXED 40s RACES ARE NOW FULL**

Please remember, all entries made for the Queen Lili'uokalani Races will be required to include payment with registration. We sre no longer be accepting "intents" from crews without payment. Upon submission of your registration, you will be able to login to the Q.L. Registration Center and update your crew member's names online, view waivers, add/pay for more more crews and receive immediate updates and requests from our race administrators. This is all in a process to streamline our registration process and provide our registrants with timely information and an easy method for registering for the Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe Race.

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.

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