Coming up this Labor Day, the World's Largest Long Distance Canoe Race will be held. It is four days of action packed racing including four-man fun races to double hull races to the grueling 18 mile race between Kailua and Honaunau. Teams from all over the world come to Kona to experience this epic event.
Queen Lili'uokalani Canoe Race
What is now the World's Largest Long Distance Canoe Race was actually started in 1972 simply to fulfill a need. The race really began as a way to train for the grueling Na Wahine O Ke Kai (Women) and the Molokai Hoe (Men) long distance canoe races from the island of Molokai to the island of Oahu.
Named in honor of the last reigning monarch of Hawaii, Queen Lili'uokalani, the first race fell on the Queen's birthday, September 2.
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