Queen Lili'uokalani 2007 pre-race updates

Aloha paddlers!

Here are some updates for the 2007 Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Races.
For more detailed information please log onto www.kaiopua.org


As always, we are exited to have so many crews coming this year from the mainland and other countries. So.....heads up clubs from Kauai, Oahu Molokai and Maui...as usual, we loan all the available canoes we can arrange for to crews coming from outside the Hawaiian Islands. Hopefully you’ve already got your bookings with Young Bros!


Just off the pool area, open Wednesday through Monday. As usual, really cool paddling gear!
Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am - Noon


Go to the www.kaiopua.org for online registration.
The registration room, just across for the LOGO SHOP and pool at the King Kam, will be open:
Thur 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am – 6:00 pm don’t wait until the last minute gang!
Sun 6:30 am – 7:45 am
Check the web site for all the details of what you will need to bring to register your crews. If you register on line, you will still need to come in during the above hours to pick up you race packets. But guaranteed, this process will much more streamline if you pre-register!


Yeah! There will be no cruise ship in port on Friday. But some areas of the pier will still have limited access. Canoes will be able to be positioned and rigged on the pier all day Friday.


Thursday night, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, same location as usual, the room just on the lobby side of the swimming pool at the King Kam. This has turned into a really fun evening for our mainland and international competitors. Bring your flags, family and have some fun! Come and sign in....door prizes will be given away! HEAVY pupus and no-host bar. Come early to make sure you get your “Aloha” lanyard.


Information at this meeting needs to be heard by all coaches and escort captains. Make sure there is at least one representative from each crew attending this meeting! The meeting is at 7:00 pm at the King Kamehameha Ballroom (off to the right of the front desk). Because of new regulations at the Honaunau end, this is a mandatory meeting.


If you are planning to drive to the race site (King Kamehameha Hotel at Kamakahonu Beach) Saturday and Sunday mornings, please allow extra time to find parking.


Parking at Honaunau will be more restricted than in years past.
If you are a registered paddler in Saturday’s race, shuttle service is available to you, free of charge.
Buses will depart from the circular drive in front of the King Kamehameha Hotel at 8:00 am and 9:00 am.
Buses return from Puuhonau o Honaunau at 11:00 am and 12:00 noon.
The drop off and pick up at Honauanau will be at the park entrance.
Race packets will have shuttle passes for race participants.

€ No early finishing canoes (paddled by wahine) will be allowed to land within Puuhonua O Honauanau National Park.
€ Early finishing canoes will be brought up the ramp and held in the Church Lot for the return race to Kailua by the kane paddlers.
€ No parking of cars, trucks, trailers will be allowed on the roadside of the one-way road or along the beachside the entire way to the main highway from 6:00am to 1:00 pm. This is to allow for emergency responders and allow for early finishing canoes to access the Church Lot.
€ We ask your kokua to respect the cultural, archeological and spiritual importance of this place.
€ Details about these changes will be explained at the coaches meeting.


Need an escort boat for your changes crew? Have an escort boat for your your race but it’s available for the other race? Call Beth at 808-937-6018.


Just a reminder...the change crews now compete in Hawaiian Racers. Please note this if you are shipping a canoe for this division or are hoping to borrow one.


Any canoe past the official start boats in the wahine and kane races will be given a 5 minute time penalty.


Don't forget...awards celebration for the ALL divisions of Saturday's race will begin approximately 3:30 pm at Kamakahonu Beach (race site in front of the King Kamehameha Hotel). All other divisions will be awarded at the luau on Sunday.


A Queen Liliuokalani Race tradition!
The paddlers celebrate the race weekend with Alii Drive closed off while they parade from Hale Halawai to the pier. Be there to represent your club and country! Parade begins at dusk, approximately 7:30 pm.


7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at our Steinlager Beer Garden, the makai side of the King Kam. Large screen slide show of Saturday races as well!

SUNDAY RACES: Juniors – Double Hull – OC1/OC2...and...STAND-UP PADDLE BOARD

Check www.kaiopua.org for detailed information on divisions and start times.


If you are trying to organize an OC-1 or OC-2 to race in, please call Ronona at 808-989-7066


We’re trying something new this year. When you bring your canoe up on the pier after the race please look for the area on the pier designated for your island for de-rigging, and/or canoes that will be rigged for the double hull race.


Log onto www.kaparadio.com or tune into KAPA radio (100.3 FM). Interviews and updates all next week (Aug 24 – Sept 30). Saturday, race day...tune into KAPA radio for race coverage. Friends and family around the world,...logo onto www.kaparadio.com for checking up on the race as it develops!

Don’t forget all the other fun stuff...Sunday Luau and Awards!

Aloha, and see you Labor Day Weekend!

PS...Monday, Sept. 3, is the day our club members come together to get all the canoes that have been shipped from outer islands back up to Kawaihae and tied down for the barge ride home. We average around 60 canoes to load, trailer for an hour up to Kawaihae, and unload and tied down again. All in about 8 hours. Our ohana works hard to get this task done. We would welcome any help we can get for all, or part, of the process. In return, we would welcome our helpers to the Mahalo Lunch. Uncle Bo really does it right...a beautiful catered lunch at the King Kam and satisfaction for finishing off a terrific weekend. How to help? We start at 6:00 am. Show up on the pier when you can, preferably with sunscreen and comfy shoes on.
Just wanted to recognize here that we so appreciate the all the help we get on shipping day from Kawaihae Canoe Club and the junior paddlers from Dana and NAC...Mahalo!

Posted by keizo on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 8:57pm

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Kauai Jr Master (40+) women looking for one paddler (seat 3,4 or 5) to fill out a strong iron crew. New canoe club- Kukuiula Outrigger - all experienced paddlers. Please call Fran at 808-635-0165

#1 Thu, 08/30/2007 - 9:15pm

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