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The Race for the Queen

The Race for the Queen

Slick wooden paddles cleave through the choppy ocean waters, all in unison, and all toward the same goal: race for the queen.

This race was named in honor of Queen Liliuokalani, the Kingdom of Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, the kingdom’s only queen regnant (a female monarch who reigns in her own right, opposed to the wife of a king). The Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race falls on or near the Queen’s birthday, September 2.

The Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race began in 1972, although the sport of canoe racing dates back much further, to ancient Hawaii. While modern races today test the cohesion of paddling teams, uniting them toward a common goal in an air of good sportsmanship, canoe races of the past were often quite a serious means to settling disputes, and, in extreme cases, could even cost a man his life. Read More
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