The 2014 Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races, organized and hosted by Kai Opua Canoe Club, are set for the Labor Day holiday starting Thursday August 28 through Monday September 1, 2014 in Kona, Hawaii. The world’s largest long distance canoe race includes the signature 18-mile long distance single hull 6-person canoe race for men and women crews; 6-mile men and women Wa‘a kaulua (double hull canoes) races; stand-up paddleboard races including a stock 3.5 mile course and an unlimited 4.5 course, OC1-man, OC2-man and Teen long distance canoe races. Ali'i Challenge, a blend of Survivor and Amazing Race, finishes up the Hawaiian-style outrigger canoe celebration with a race that includes an ocean course of nearly 17.5 miles followed by each crew of 12 negotiating a land course. Other Queen’s Race events include a Walking Tour of Historic Kailua Village, Hawaiian Cultural Festival, International Paddlers Night, Paddling Talk Story, Torch Light Parade through Historic Kailua Village, ocean lifestyle street fair, Queen’s Race Awards Ceremonies and a traditional Hawaiian Luau.
The Annual Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races are sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Hawaii, Queen K Tesoro, Steinlager, Hulakai, OluKai, Ocean Paddler Television and Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.
For detailed 2014 Queen Lili'uokalani Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races information, log onto www.kaiopua.org