Kona, Hawaii (July 30, 2021) - As COVID 19 cases continue to rise, the Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race Officials are saddened to announce that participation in the 2021 race will be limited to Big Island paddlers only. Scaling back the race is based on an abundance of caution, public health concerns and ensuring the future integrity of the race in the years ahead. Race registration for the September 4th long distance race will be open to Big Island paddlers only.
"The decision to limit participation weighs heavy on all our hearts as we come to terms with respecting public health concerns. To paddlers around the world, we ask you to stay safe, healthy and for your patience and understanding," said Kai Opua Canoe Club President Doug Vera Cruz.
As promised, all entry fees that were paid will be promptly returned to the person or organization that registered for the race. It may take a few business days to see the refund(s) back on the card used to register. Please check all other travel reservations for restrictions on refunds. We urge you do that as soon as possible.
UPDATE 8/4/2021: All refunds have been made to those clubs or persons who registered who are off island. You will see the refunded charges back on the cards used to register within 3 to 5 business days.
Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Race, hosted by Kai Opua Canoe Club, has been welcoming paddlers from around the world to Kona every Labor Day weekend in September since its first race in 1971.