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Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Races (Sept 4-6)


Paddlers from all over the world gather Sept. 4-6 for the Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Races in West Hawaii. You can catch much of the starting action at Kailua Pier, where there will also be a craft fair and product booths.

Here’s the schedule:

* Saturday: Waa Kaukahi (single hull canoes)
The women start this event paddling 18 miles from Kailua Bay to Honaunau. The men then bring it back 18 miles to Kailua Bay. The Ironman divisions do so with no changes.

* Sunday: Waa Kaulua (double hull canoes)
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 Waa (canoes) 3 miles South to Lyman’s, turn there and return to Kailua Bay for a total of 6 miles.

* 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.

* Sunday: Stand-up Paddleboards
Course goes south to Casa de Emdeko, turn there and return to Kailua Bay for a total of 3 miles. Boards are available for rent at Kona Boys at Kamakahonu Bay. Call 322-4166 or 329-2345.

We are again this year adding three Keiki divisions (OC-6 – 6 person crews): 15, 16 and 18 and under. The young people paddling this race follow the same course as the double hull canoes.

* Monday: Alii Challenge (single hull canoes – 12 person crew)
The inaugural year for a race heading north of Kona to finish at Kona Village. A newly formatted race, from start to finish.

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