Meetings, Special Events and Awards
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.
INTERNATIONAL PADDLERS' RECEPTION
Thursday- 6:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. NEW LOCATION!
Paddlers from around the world are invited to attend this evening function. Hulihe'e Palace
HO'O KUKU LANALANA NEW EVENT!
Friday - Registration at 12:00 Noon
A Rigging Clinic and Challenge - Lashing a wa'a correctly is critical to it's seaworthiness. The patterns of Hawaiian wa'a lashing can be highly functional as well as aesthetically beautiful. Come to our hands-on clinic, and see if your lashing crew of four can wield the aho (rigging line) into a seaworthy pattern. Awards given to the crews that complete a lashing that is strong, beautiful and quickly achieved. Kailua Pier, under the green tent. $20 Entry fee for team of 4
Friday - 4:00 pm NEW LOCATION!
This year we get to talk story with world-renowned coach, canoe builder and paddler Johnny Puakea. Held at the Hulihe'e Palace.
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.
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 Halawai County Pavilion. 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 -
8:00 am race start, 50+ and 55+ divisions, 9:30 am Race Start 60+, 65+, 70+, Kailua Bay
The presentation of awards and brunch for the Kupuna Classic will take place under the green tent on the Kailua Pier. 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!