Notices or changes about upcoming races.

2004 Vaka Eiva - Pacific Cup - November 19-26

The Cook Island Canoeing Association is hosting the inaugural Rarotonga 2004 Vaka Eiva from the 19th to the 26th of November 2004. Our goal is to have at least one team from our Pacific neighbours (and hopefully more) and currently include Hawaii, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia and Samoa, although the event is open to clubs from around the World. Check for details.

Queen Liliuokalani Race -- UPDATES 8/25

Aloha paddlers!

Here are some updates for this year's Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Races:

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...

Please make every effort to ship your own canoes as we are limited in the number of Big Island canoes available to loan out. With the large number of out-of-state clubs participating in this year's race, they will be given priority for borrowing canoes already on the Big Island, as they are the crews that are unable to bring their own canoes.
As of today, Young Brothers is sold out for platforms and trailers. Your best bet is to contact other clubs in your area to try to get onto a platform already reserved.


If you are planning to drive to the race site Saturday and Sunday mornings, please allow extra time to find parking. Unfortunately, this year we don't have the extra dirt parking lot behind the King Kamehameha Hotel so be prepared for there to be less parking available near the race site.
There is ample parking at the Old Airport Park, approximately 15 minutes walking time from the race site. We are attempting to arrange for a shuttle Saturday morning...check the message board outside the race registration office to confirm shuttle service from the Old Airport and the race site


The pier will look a little different to you this year. All the renovations have been completed and it looks great. But, with new federal regulations, some barriers have been installed and need to be respected. If you are in town on Thursday 9/2, be aware there will be a cruise ship in port. So some areas of the pier will have limited access (or no access) and tenders will be going to and from the pier to the ship. If you are out on the water practicing, it is important to keep your distance from the cruise ship and its tenders. If you have any questions about this, please check with a race official about the federal regulations (serious stuff!).


Thursday night, 6:00 to 7:30 pm, new location to be announced. Please check for more information in another update or the race registration office. If you are in Kona Thursday, please come and sign in....door prizes will be given away!


Information at this meeting needs to be heard by all participants, including all escort and official boat 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 luau grounds.


Any canoe past the start boats in both the wahine and kane races will be given a 15 minute time penalty.


Don't forget...awards celebration for the iron 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.

Aloha, and see you next week!

Kailua Bay Challenge, Sat Aug 28, Oahu

Kailua Canoe Club Presents

The 10th ANNUAL


Saturday August 28, 2004
Kailua Beach Park, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
(Race Course Approximately 9.5 Miles)

Open to all paddlers!
You’re welcome to race whether you’re with a sanctioned club or independent.
This is a non-restricted race and “will not affect your long distance qualification status”

Crew Registration Fee: $90.00 Registration: 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Race Start: 9:00 a.m. LeMan’s start at Kailua Beach

Race Categories: Open, Open Malia, 18 Under, Masters 40+, Masters 50+, Masters 55+
(I.D. Required For Age Divisions)

Awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd for each division Overall Winner: Perpetual Trophy
(2003 Winner: Lanikai)

Post-Race Lunch Provided By: HOOTERS RESTAURANTS & Kailua Canoe Club

Intent to Register: Our organization intends to race in the categories listed below
(Please indicate number of crews in each category)

Open ____ Malia ____ 18 & Under ____ Masters 40 ____ Masters 50 ____ Masters 55 ____

Club/Team Name: ________________________________________________________

Contact Person: ________________________________ Phone: ___________________



FAX Registration Intents to: FAX 521-3390
Email Registration Intents to:
Further Info: Hank Leandro 521-3325/226-2027

*** Note: Canvas Covers Are Strongly Recommended ***
(Register early -- late entries may not be provided a T-shirt)

Kaena Challenge 2004 Long Distance Race

The 2004 long distance season will start with Makaha Canoe Club's sponsored KAENA CHALLENGE race on August 15, 2004. Quickly gaining reputation as the one of the best races of the Oahu long distance series, the the long course start from Sunset Beach venues immediate downwind surf all the way to Kaena Point with an eventual 27 mile finish at Makaha Beach.

All crews are welcome to enter. Last year's first place winner was Team New Zealand/Hawaii in 2:58:14

For more information and forms: Kaena Challenge 2004

Kai Opua's Queen Liliuokalani Race Information

Aloha paddlers!

We invite you to log onto to have a look our revamped web site.

All of our 2004 Queen Liliuokalani race information is posted and we encourage all clubs who plan on attending this year to register and pay your entry fees in advance. Imagine how much more streamlined your visit to the race registration office will be with your race packet prepared for you in advance. And international crews, we know paying in advance with a credit card will not only make the currency exchange easier for you; more importantly, it will also put you on a list of confirmed payment so we can in turn, confirm the loan of a canoe for your races.

You will still need to check in at registration to pick up your crew's race packet with race numbers, etc. If you haven't already down loaded the waiver and had crew members sign it, that will have to be taken care of at the registration office. Any crews entering age division races will need to provide copies of identification (drivers license). The race registration office and logo shop will open starting Wednesday, September 1.


For information on the race day shuttle service, click on Shuttle Service Form under Printable Forms. If you wish to use this service, we will need to know by Wednesday, Sept 1 in order to contract for the right number of buses.


We are fortunate to have strong participation at the Queen Liliuokalani race from many international and mainland U.S. crews. Out of state crews help create a big race atmosphere while they're are in Kona so we wish to honor them with a special night. Thursday, September 2, Kai Opua Canoe Club, Kona Brew Pub and KWXX Radio Station will host International Paddlers Night. All crews already in Kona from outside the state of Hawaii will be our guests at Kona Brew Pub from 6:00 to 7:30 pm to enjoy fabulous pizza, door prizes and a chance to meet with race sponsors and media (no host bar). From 7:30 on, the doors are open to the rest of Kona's paddling ohana to partake in the rest of the evening's festivities...great beer, food and music. soon as the men's race concludes, an awards program will begin for that day's racing. Right in front of the King Kamehameha Hotel, while you re-hydrate, de-rig your canoe and debrief with your crew and friends about surviving another 18 miles on Kona's waters, we'll recognize the winning crews from the women's and men's iron division. Division winners will take the stage to receive their well earned medals and accolades from the crowd. (Non-iron divisions will be awarded at the Sunday luau)

Saturday evening will start out with the popular Torchlight Parade as usual. The parades ends at the King Kamehameha Hotel where there will be a party and dancing at the Luau Grounds.

Kona Brew Pub will also have their doors open Saturday night for a fabulous After music and more great, refreshing beer! For those who don't already know the Kona Brew Pub, it's only a block away from the race site and has award winning beers and fresh, delicious food. Kona Brew Pub is an active supporter of Hawaii's paddling community, and paddlers love their beer and grinds.

Sunday morning is non-stop racing....all starting and finishing at the pier....teen divisions long distance to start, then OC-1 and OC-2, as well as double-hull. Crews are encouraged to be prepared and on the starting line on time as there's a lot of racing to do before the Luau and Awards Ceremony Saturday afternoon.

Live event coverage can be heard all weekend long on KWXX radio,
101.5 in Kona.

Kai Opua Canoe Club looks forward to welcoming all the 2004 participants to Kona for another great year of racing and events at the Queen Liliuokalani Long Distance Canoe Race...the largest long distance canoe race in the world!

After States Party at Gordon Biersch, Aug 7

Bigger and better than last year!!!

Celebrate the end of the regatta season August 7, 2004, 6 pm-close at
Gordon Biersch, OUTSIDE on the waterfront!

$10.00 in advance: includes multiple food stations (6-9pm), killer beer
and drink specials, live music til midnight, dancing all night, door
prizes including two SPIDER LONGBOARDS as GIVEAWAYS!!!


All ages welcome! Plenty parking...

Hosted by Waikiki Beachboys Canoe Club. See you there!

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Sprints After Party!!! August 12, & 13 - Hilo, HI

Puna Canoe Club is hosting the Sprints After Party at Uncle Mikeys Night Club. The best in local live entertainment and some awesome raffles. Check out the full info page here

2004 Napali Challenge to be held August 21st

One week after the Hilo World Sprints is an opportunity for kane (men) & wahine (women) to come together for a race down the enchanting Na Pali Coast of Kaua'i. Teams consist of 6 kane and 6 wahine taking turns in the canoe, making water changes every 30 minutes.
It's a great fun race, for more info see

[2003 Results & Photos]

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