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Stacked OC-6 Canoes on Beach

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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.

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Canoes & Canoe Shipping

Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe RaceGeneral Information → Canoes & Canoe Shipping

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Kai 'Opua will try to help all visiting participating crews and clubs obtain canoes for our races, however we cannot guarantee canoes at this time. If you are out-of-state and do wish to borrow a canoe, a fee of $100 per crew/entry for Saturday's races will be charged to secure a rented canoe.

Because clubs within Hawaii have the ability to ship their own canoes, we will first accommodate out-of-state requests to secure borrowed canoes first. Clubs and crews needing canoes can email our race director Mike Atwood at no1paddle@hawaii.rr.com.

Kai 'Opua will try to help all visiting participating crews and clubs obtain canoes for our races. Because clubs within Hawaii have the ability to ship their own canoes, we will accommodate out of state requests to borrow canoes first. Clubs and crews needing canoes can email our race director Mike Atwood at matwood@cyanotech.com, or no1paddle@hawaii.rr.com and/or select "Need Canoes" on the online registration form for your entry. Requests will be honored as they are received and additional fees may apply.

For clubs travelling to Kona from the neighbor islands, we recommend shipping your own canoes. This allows you to race in canoes you are familiar with, and allows more out of state paddlers to participate. If you cannot ship a canoe, please contact me for additional information.

  • Canoes shipped to Kawaihae must be sent prepaid, and canoes returned will be sent COD.
  • When shipping your canoes, please strap them down if possible. Rigging cord used to tie canoes can break.
We will make sure your straps stay with your canoes, and we ask you have the straps in the canoes when we are ready to return them to the dock on Monday morning

Koa canoes shipped to Kawaihae must be on a trailer, all others can be put on either 20 or 40ft racks provided by Young Brothers. You can also combine canoes from more than one club, and split the shipping fees. Please show Kai'Opua as the consignee on the Young Brothers Bill of Lading, with my name and (808) 937-3255 as the contact info.

Kai 'Opua will trailer all canoes consigned to us from Kawaihae to Kailua before the races, and will return all canoes to Kawaihae Monday morning. There is a trailering charge of $75.00 round trip per canoe, to be paid at registration.

Typically all returning canoes are put on the barge to Honolulu Tuesday. Maui and Kauai canoes make connecting barges in Honolulu. If you need your canoe sent to another island, like Molokai, please let me know and I will make the arrangements.

It is Kai'Opua's goal to do everything we can to make your trip to Kona enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you here in September.

Aloha,
Mike Atwood

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 KaiOpua.org 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
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DONATIONS

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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