Race / Club Background:Â Kailua Canoe Club host the annual King Kamehameha Regatta at Kailua Beach. The race was originally sponsored by HCRA in the 1950s and Kailua took over sponsorship when OHCRA was created. The regatta title remains the same and honors the state holiday. Kailua Canoe Club continues to recognize the day as a remembrance for our Kupuna and Ali`i, as well as the ahupua`a we paddle in. Back in the 1960s the regatta was entertained by kanikapila and Auntie Bella Richards hula dancers. The regattas were finished before 2 pm and programs were printed with crew names.
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