‘A’ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia
“No task is too big when done together by all”
If you have ever found yourself savoring the beauty and brilliance of a Kona sunset with a hint of green flash, then you perhaps you may have caught a glimpse of a slender canoe with six breaths meticulously working in perfect unison, gliding across your view.
What you can’t see from the distance, is the strength, control, and finesse in every stroke, no doubt, guided by the temperament of mother nature and the spirit of the island’s ancestors.
Outrigger canoe paddling is considered a cultural treasure and integral part of Hawaiian history, that provides the opportunity to bring people together and pass on local traditions. Today, canoe paddling is preserved through numerous clubs consisting of more than 2,500 competitive paddlers and over thousands of recreational paddlers throughout the state of Hawaii.
Six Seats, One team
Formed in 1929, Kai ‘Opua Canoe Club is one of the oldest outrigger canoe clubs in the State of Hawaii and is located in Kailua Kona on The Big Island.
Kai ‘Opua Canoe Club offers outrigger canoe racing to people of all ages, from keiki (children) to seniors. With teams ranging in ability from groups of novices to world champions, they provide activities for enthusiasts of all levels.
Kai ‘Opua Canoe Club is also host to the World’s Largest Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Races, “The Queen Lili’uokalani,” now in its 43rd year. Crews from around the world converge on Kona for this prestigious event every Labor Day weekend.
You cordially invited to the Kamehameha Day Regatta!
Come experience Hawaii’s official team sport and support your local racers.
Kai Opua will be hosting the Kamehameha Day Regatta at Kailua Pier on June 11th, 2022 and holding a fundraiser in support of the club. Over $7000 in raffle prizes are up for grabs (including 2 one-year Club Kona Memberships)!
Raffle tickets are available for purchase for $20 (email email@example.com). You DO NOT need to be present to win. Winners will be announced at the regatta and also contacted and posted on Kai Opua’s Facebook and Instagram.