The Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe Races took place along the Kona Coast and the historic bays of Kailua, Keauhou, Kealakekua and Honaunau where over 2,500 paddlers from all over the Hawaiian Islands and the world came to participate in this monumental race. This three-day canoe race started in 1972, named in honor of the last reigning monarch of Hawaii - Queen Lili'uokalani, represents a cultural connection to the history of the Hawaiian people.
"This race brings paddlers together from all over the world who want to be a part of this great race here in Kona." "Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Races are about sharing the spirit of Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing with the world" stated Bo Campos, president of the Kai Opua Canoe Club, which hosts the event. A new event was added on Thursday, the Hulakai OC4 sprint relay race which added to the collection of weekend activities. On Saturday single hull races, including the Ironman division took place. The double hull races, one and two person races,standup paddleboard and teen single hull races were set for Sunday, with the Alii Challenge concluding the slate of events on Monday. OluKai was proud to take part in this event, unifying competitors and attendees with the Hawaiian spirit in the midst of a majestic setting.