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Queen Lili’uokalani Canoe Race

Saturday was the start of the 40th annual Queen Lili’uokalani canoe races which is the world’s largest long distance outrigger canoe race.   People fly in from all over the world to compete in what I heard called the “Ironman of canoe racing”.  I think there were something like 150 women’s teams and 180 men’s teams.

In the one race we went to, a team of 6 women raced from Kona to a bay 18 miles away.  Then a team of 6 men raced the canoes the 18 miles back.  We went down to see the men’s teams finish.

On Sunday the kids (teens) compete and there is also a stand up paddle-board race and then Monday there was another race.

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