Queen Lili‘uokalani Long Distance Canoe Race

August 29, 2019 @ 7:30 am – September 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Kailua Pier
Kaahumanu Pl.
Kai Opua Canoe Club
Queen Lili‘uokalani Long Distance Canoe Race  @ Kailua Pier

Named in honor of the last reigning monarch of Hawaii who’s birthday is September, the 2019 Queen Lili‘uokalani Long Distance Canoe Race welcomes paddlers to Kona from around the world to its starting line for five days of exciting canoe racing. The world’s largest canoe race starts paddling Thursday, August 29 through Monday, September 2, 2019. The Queen’s Race signature 18-mile long distance race is set for Saturday, August 31.

As this storied race takes to the water over the Labor Day holiday weekend, Kona’s place in canoe regatta history is unrivaled where for nearly five decades, the Queen’s Race has shared Hawaiian culture through the sport of outrigger canoe racing with the world. From the start of the first race, participants are immersed in culture and history, including the spectator-friendly signature18-mile race on Saturday that follows a historically and culturally significant course running between Kamakahonu Bay, a National Historic Site and Pu‘uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park. Other Queen’s Race cultural events include a Historic Walking Tour through Historic Kailua Village, multi-day Hawaiian Cultural Fair, International Paddlers Night, Paddling Talk Story, Torch Light Parade, and a traditional Hawaiian Luau.

With online race registration now open, crews can sign up to race at qlcanoerace.com Also log on for general course information, crew signup and a complete list of events.

The 2019 Queen Lili‘uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races are sponsored in part by Hawai‘i Tourism, Queen K 76, Ocean Paddler Television, Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, and numerous corporate and community donors.

For detailed race information log onto www.qlcanoerace.com

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