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The Queen Lili‘uokalani Outrigger Canoe Races are held on Sept. 1-3 this year at Kailua-Kona.
The largest outrigger canoe race in the world honors Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch
Last year’s luau and awards ceremony, following Sunday’s races, featured music, great food and hula performances.
For the torchlight parade on Saturday, paddlers will gather at Hale Halawai County Pavilion on the corner of Hualalai Road and Alii Drive, and make their way down Alii Drive through Kailua-Kona town to Kailua Pier. Over the years, about 500 paddlers have participated in the parade. Paddlers will race in double-hull canoes, below, Sunday, Sept. 2.