Event Info

What You Need to Know

Race Schedule

The Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe Races are held each Labor Day weekend.

Thursday, August 30, 2018 through Monday, September 3, 2018


Thursday - Hulakai OC4 8 Person Relay

This fun sprint race consists of a relay team of 8 paddling in a OC4 canoe. Note - a huli is involved in the action! The exact details are as follows:

  • 2:00 pm - Race meeting at the Hulakai tent on the pier
  • 3:00 pm - Race start (heats)

Classifications include Open Men, Open Women and Mixed. Held at Kailua Pier.

Friday - Royal Splashfest

Solo and Team Splashers compete in a cannonball contest. Medals and prizes awarded immediately at the conclusion of the final heats.

  • 12:00 pm - Registration and event start 

Held at Kailua Pier.


Saturday -  Wa'a Kaukahi, 18 Miles

  • 6:00 a.m. Blessing of canoes and paddlers at Kamakahonu

Wahine & Mix 40+ Races - Kailua Bay to Honaunau Bay

  • 7:30 a.m. - Wahine Iron crews start
  • 7:35 a.m. - Wahine Unlimited Canoes start
  • 7:40 a.m. - Wahine OC-9 (Escorted Divisions) and Mix 40+ Iron start

Kane Races & Mix Open - Honaunau Bay to Kailua Bay (start times subject to change)

  • 11:45 a.m. - Kane Iron crews and Mix Open start
  • 11:50 a.m. - Kane Unlimited Canoes start
  • 11:55 a.m. - Kane OC-9 - Escorted Division start

Bus Shuttle Schedule for Race participants and supporters - $5.00 EACH WAY
Saturday Races Only - Race participants and supporters are REQUIRED to pre-register and pay to use the bus shuttle 

  • 8:30 am - Depart from the front of the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehemeha's Kona Beach Hotel to Pu'uhonua o Honaunau
  • 11:30 am - Depart from Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, return to the Kailua Pier


Sunday - Teen Single Hull, Double Hull, OC1/OC2, SUP

All Races start at Kailua - turn at before Lyman's - back to Kailua - note, times are subject to change

Wa'a Kaulua - 5 miles
All races start at Kailua Pier - Turn at Official Boat - Finish at Kailua Pier

  • 7:30 a.m. - Teen Girls / Boys / Mixed - OC-6
  • 8:30 a.m. - Mixed Double-Hull 40+
  • 9:00 a.m. - Kane / Teen Boys, OC-1, OC-2
  • 9:00 a.m. - Stand-up Paddle Boards - LONG 4.5 miles
  • 9:05 a.m. - Stand-up Paddle Boards - SHORT 3.5 miles
  • 9:30 a.m. - Wahine Double Hull
  • 10:45 a.m. - Kane Double-Hull
  • 11:00 a.m. - Wahine / Teen Girls - OC-1, OC-2, Mixed
  • 12:00 Noon - Mixed Double-Hull Open


Monday: The Kupuna Classic

A mixed OC-6 race (three women, three men required per team). The course is still to be determined but will be a sprint race consisting of approx. 5 to 6 miles. Caps and lunch are included in the entry fee.

Mixed 50+ and Mixed 55+ Race - Course TBD

  • Start Time TBD

Mixes 60+, Mixed 65+ Race and Mixed 70+ - Course TBD

  • Start Time TBD

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