Meetings, Special Events and Awards
INTERNATIONAL PADDLERS' RECEPTION
Thursday- 6:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m.
Paddlers from around the world are invited to attend this evening function. Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel Ballroom.
Friday, 12:00 Noon
Solo and Team Splashers compete in a cannonball contest. Medals and prizes awarded immediately at the conclusion of the final heats. Kailua Pier.
COACHES' / STEERSPERSONS' MEETING
Friday at 7 p.m.
A coaches' AND steerspersons' briefing will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2, at the hotel's ballroom.
Friday - 5:00 pm
Everyone's invited to the free talk story with Team Red Bull Waa happening at King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel Grand Ballroom. Starting at 5pm, Team Red Bull Waa will debut a powerful and exciting short film presented by Red Bull "This And Nothing Else" the Red Bull Waa 2017 Molokai Hoe experience. Don't miss this! Meet the crew, the coach, the inspiration behind the Team Red Bull Waa logo, their supporters from Red Bull, Hawaiian Airlines, Yellowfin Yachts, Olukai, Kaenon, 2XU, Patagonia. & Moana Ohana.
It will be a great night of inspiration, gear and products and camaraderie.
HISTORIC KAILUA VILLAGE CULTURAL WALK
Thursday - 8:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m.
Led by noted historian Hannah Springer. This is a free event. Meet on the beach at Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel.
QUEEN LILIU'OKALANI CULTURAL FAIR
Thursday - 10:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.
Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel - makai lawn artists and cultural practioners lead demonstrations and provide hands-on learning opportunities for a wide variety of traditional Hawaiian crafts. Beautiful crafts and local art on display during the all-day fair.
ARTS & CRAFTS AND FOOD BOOTHS
Saturday and Sunday there will be local vendors featuring arts & crafts from local artisans located in the cul de sac next to the pier entrance. There will also be a food booth on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
BLESSING AT OPENING OF RACES
Saturday at 6:00 a.m.
Blessing to be held on the beach fronting the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. All participants are encouraged to be there for this special Hawaiian ceremony.
TORCH LIGHT PARADE
Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Participants meet at Hale Halwai County Pavilon. Starting at 7:00 p.m. the parade winds its way down Alii Drive to the Kailua Pier.
Saturday Awards Presentation - Luau Grounds - 3:30 P.M.
The presentation of awards for Saturday's races will take place at the Luau Grounds, makai of Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel after the finish of the Kane Race.
Sunday Awards Presentation & Luau at Makaeo Events Pavilion - 2:00 P.M.
The presentation of awards for Sunday's races will take place during the luau at the Makaeo Events Pavilion (Old Airport). Wrist bands will be provided to all participants and officials at the time of registration and will be required for admission to the luau. Additional luau tickets for relatives and friends will be available for purchase at the Race Registration desk and at the door.
MONDAY KUPUNA CLASSIC AWARD PRESENTATIONS - Location and Time TBD The presentation of awards for the Kupuna Classic will take place at a TBD location. Wrist bands will be provided to all participants and officials at the time of registration and will be required for admission to the awards lunch. Additional lunch tickets for will be available for purchase at the Race Registration desk and at the door.
BE A PART OF THE KAI 'OPUA TEAM!
Monday at 6:30 a.m. until finished
Join us Monday morning to help load canoes that return to their outer island homes. Come to the Kailua Pier, we'll be starting as early as 6:30 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be available for our team of canoe lifters!