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Queen Lili'uokalani Race

2011 Queen Lili'uokalani Race

Labor Day Weekend  l  September 3rd & 4th

Ali'i Challenge

The 2nd Annual Ali'i Challenge -  17.5 miles of paddling + tasks of skill & knowledge

September 5th 

The schedule of races are:

Saturday: Wa'a 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! Same team takes it all the way! Awards ceremony - 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.

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 for a total of 3 miles. Need a board?  Boards are 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 crew) 
This is the second year for the Ali'i Challenge. The 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 6 women and 6 men will take place. A newly formatted race, from start to finish.

Look for the Hawaiian Energy Shotz tent.  Stop by the tent for Shotz, hats, shirts and Hawaiian Energy 100% Kona Coffee.  We are excited to introduce our latest product, the Hawaiian Energy Sports Performance Band. The Hawaiian Energy Sports Performance Band is available in 7 color schemes and three sizes (S, M and L). For additional information on the sports band, visit the product information page.  

Additional information on the race, including online registration, can be found on the Kai Opua Canoe Club website.  

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