Gathering paddlers from across the globe, the event features half day-long races organized by the Kai 'Opua Canoe Club, a member of the Big Island's Moku O Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Racing Association and one of the oldest outrigger canoe clubs in Hawaii.
The races begin Saturday at 7:30am and end at11:55am (HST), featuring six divisions. Race winners will be awarded at 3:30pm at the Kamakahonu Bay. At 6:30 pm, visitors may join the annual Torchlight Parade which will run through the Historic Kailua Village, from the Hale Halawai County Pavilion to the scenic Kailua Pier. Then, King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel will host a concert by QLCR on its Luau Grounds in the Courtyard by Marriott.
Sunday, meanwhile, will be marked by double hull canoe races for men and women, as well as one- and two-person races, single hull races for teens with three new divisions, and a Standup Paddleboard Race.
The Queen Lili’uokalani Race ends with the Ali’i Challenge, a 17.5 mile race for 12-member crews, featuring two triangle courses as well as a land portion with tasks that will require knowledge of Kailua-Kona and Kamakahonu history and culture.
But one does not need to be part of a canoe crew to enjoy, explains Harold Clarke, Founder of LuxuryBigIsland.com and Owner-Partner of Windermere/C and H Properties. “With your entire family, you can find a good spot to view the race, and see race participants from around the world compete against each other in an awe-inspiring exotic setting. This event is truly a celebration of the long tradition of canoeing in Hawaii, as well as the state’s natural beauty and warm culture.”
This year’s Queen Lili’uokalani Race is made possible by Queen K Tesoro Hawaii, Steinlager, Hawaii Tourism Authority, the County of Hawaii, King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, and Olukai.
To learn more about this year’s Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races information, including the race history and registration information,
(808) 938-7846 (tel:%28808%29%
“The Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Canoe Races is a truly world-class event that is not to be missed. Attendees will be treated to the breathtaking views of the Big Island coast, learn about the Kailua Village history, and more importantly, partake in the welcoming vibe that life on the Big Island of Hawaii is all about,” says Harold Clarke.
To learn more about how luxury, elegance, nature, and sports converge in Hawaii’s exclusive neighborhoods, get in touch with Harold Clarke, by calling (808) 443-1320 (tel:%28808%