Club News

Hana Regatta

05.17.2012 0

The highly anticipated annual Alau Island Race & Hana Regatta is May 19 & 20 at Kapueokahi (Hana Bay).

The HCC ‘ohana is welcomed to camp at Old Hana School on Friday and Saturday night.  Please let Coach Paul Ka’uhane Lu’uwai know if you plan to eat with the group.  The cost is $15/person and includes Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast, and Sunday lunch.

Keiki paddlers:  the bus will depart HCC at 2:00pm on Saturday.  Please have your camping gear and personal belongings neatly packed.  Coach will meet you all in Hana.  The bus will pick up keiki paddlers at Old Hana School (NOT Hana Bay) at 2pm on Sunday.  Please, no wet or sandy clothing on the bus. Parents, please pick up your keiki at HCC promptly around 4:30pm.


OC1 entry form

Long distance entry form

Regatta OEL

Order of events

Lane draw sheet



Register and train for summer paddling

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We are accepting keiki 11 years old and up.  We are full in the 10 & under division but will take names for the waiting list.   See Kamali’i page for forms and details. Practices begin Tuesday, May 1.

Ages 10-13: Monday through Friday 2:45pm-4:00pm
Ages 14 & up:  Monday through Friday 4:00pm-5:00pm.

MEO Bus Transportation available.  See forms and schedule at the Kamali’i page.  Turn in MEO forms to HCC.

Novice practice
Novice Bs (1st year paddlers) & Novice A (2nd/3rd year paddlers) practice Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 5:00pm. Email for details or just come on down!

Open & Master 40+ Paddling
Practice schedule posted on Practice page.  Call your coach with questions: Aaron Brummel 268-9657 (open women/40 master women), Johnny Mac 281-6285 (open men/40 master men), Paul Lu’uwai 268-1755 (Master 50, 55, 60 & 65)

HCC Coach & Paddlers honored by the MIL

02.23.2012 0

The Maui News 2012 MIL Canoe Paddling All-Stars
Lu‘uwai, Firmignac named year’s best
February 22, 2012
The Maui News

The girls and mixed crews from Seabury Hall each claimed four spots on the MIL All-Star canoe paddling first teams after each squad went unbeaten in the Maui Interscholastic League and placed third in the state regatta.

Kaulupono Lu’uwai was named girls paddler of the year by the league’s coaches, and teammates Mikaela McDaniels, Ali Hoeck and Marina Sanchez were also chosen for the first team.

The other girls first-team All-Stars are Kelsie Tanabe and Natalia Levi of Molokai, Lilinoe Bal and Kara Frampton of Kamehameha Maui, Lahainaluna’s Halii Vierra and St. Anthony’s Katlin Kim.

The Spartans’ Paul Lu’uwai was named girls coach of the year.

The Seabury mixed crew’s first-team All-Stars are Kamaile Lee, Isabela Hamilton, Mogul Lu’uwai and Alden Simmer.

Frampton was also named a mixed first-teamer, along with Kamehameha’s Maleko Lorenzo. The other mixed first-teamers are Baldwin’s Kristi Kim and Phillip Brugger, King Kekaulike’s Kristin Cabanting and Lahainaluna’s Bronson Kaina.

Justin Firmignac, who helped Baldwin win three MIL races and the boys title, was named boys paddler of the year, and was joined on the first team by the Bears’ Xavier Leon, Vili Tolutau and Vetekina Malafu, with Alika Atay earning coach of the year recognition.

Maui High, which won two league regattas, put Regiemar Cadang and Kory Garangaza on the first team. Lorenzo was one of two Kamehameha selections, along with Palani Santos, while Seabury’s Alex Chapple and King Kekaulike’s Victor Raglund also made the team.

Girls honorable mentions went to Kanoe Delatori of Lahainaluna, Eunice Park of Baldwin and Hiilei Casco of Kamehameha. Boys recipients were Lahainaluna’s Mark Ventura, Baldwin’s Jeffery Tokanang, King Kekaulike’s Pono Hueu and Kamehameha’s Noah Harders.



HCC paddlers include Kaulu Lu’uwai, Mikaela McDaniel, Ali Hoeck, Marina Sanchez, Bela Halmilton, Mogul Lu’uwai, and Alex Chapple (Seabury), Lilinoe Bal, Kara Frampton, Hi’ilei Casco, and Maleko Lorenzo (Kamehameha-Maui), and Xaiver Leon (Baldwin).  Paul Lu’uwai is HCC’s longtime keiki coach.  He also coaches the HCC 50, 55, 60, and 65 women.



Join us for ‘Ohana Day

10.17.2011 0

Come down to Hawaiian Canoe Club on Sunday, November 13 for ‘Ohana Day from 10:00am-3:00pm.

The day will include live music, Hawaiian games, food, paddling, canoe rides, keiki activities, and fun for the entire ‘ohana.

Bring your favorite lawn game, SUP boards,  OC1/OC2, kayak, beach blankets, chairs, and umbrellas.

All members of your ‘ohana are welcomed, even if they don’t paddle.

We hope you will join us for a day of no work and all play!

Aloha ‘Aina 20th Anniversary

09.04.2011 1

Aloha ‘Aina 20th Anniversary: Stopping the Bombing of Kaho‘olawe

Thursday, September 8, 2011

6:30 pm Student Lounge, Pilina Building UH Maui College


The parallel stories of struggle to free Kaho’olawe from the U.S. Military and the challenge of re-establishing inter-Polynesian voyaging by the Polynesian Voyaging society through Hokule’a

Sponsored by the PKO & Hawaiian Studies & Language, UHMC


Saturday, September 10, 2011

4:30pm to 9:30pm Hawaiian Canoe Club, Kahului Harbor

Music & Entertainment

Poetry | Film: “Mai Ka Piko Mai, A Ho’i: Return to Kanaloa” | ”All our Aloha in One Kanaloa Uniting” in a commitment to Aloha ‘Aina and Kanaloa- Kaho’olawe | Silent auction and fundraising | ‘Ono Food and drinks

Sponsored by the PKO & Hawaiian Canoe Club



Information for Parents

07.20.2011 0


Friday is the last day for the Kamali‘i Program and end-of-the-summer Lu‘au.  Saturday is the last Maui County Regatta in Lahaina. Sunday is ‘Aha ‘Aina Dinner & Culture Show which closes the summer activities.  Below are the details.  Please read carefully.


Wednesday, July 20

‘Aha ‘Aina dinner and raffle ticket money is due.  Parents can buy extra tickets by calling 893-2124 or stopping by the office.  Kids who are dancing DO NOT need to buy a ticket.  We will feed them pizza in the changing tent.  If you need an additional ticket please call the HCC office 893-2124 or stop by 8am-4:30pm.


Friday, July 22 End-of-the-Summer Lu‘au

Coach Ka‘uhune will be cooking lunch for the all the kids.  The Lu‘au begins at 12:30pm.  Hula practice for ‘Aha ‘Aina will be from 1-3pm and practice from 3-4pm/4-5:30pm.

*Regatta food item is due (see below).


Saturday, July 23 MCHCA Championship Regatta

The Keiki Division is in charge of lunch at the Regatta.  We are looking for parents to prepare and serve sandwiches.


By Friday, please bring the following:

  • 13 & under girls: one loaf of bread
  • 13 & under boys: two cans of tuna
  • Teenager girls: fruit or healthy chips
  • Teenager boys: 12 pack of juice or water


Sunday, July 24 ‘Aha ‘?ina

Keiki must be at the Dunes at Maui Lani by 3:30pm.

Dress code

  • Boys-aloha shirt, black pants, yellow plumeria lei
  • Girls-aloha wear, if shirt with black/brown shorts/skirts, yellow plumeria lei


General Announcements

  • Left over Kamali’i t-shirt are available for $5. See Aunty Mary.
  • We need 30-40 parent volunteers to work  the HCC food booth at the State Race on August 6, 2011 in Lahaina.  We are selling ahi poke bowls.  We will assign you a shift that will allow you to see your keiki race.  Please contact Tobi Fisher at 808-960-4993


Parent Survey

We value your option.  Please complete the Parent Survey.  There are only 5 questions.

Kalua Turkey Sale

05.20.2011 0

HCC will hold their famous Kalua Turkey Sale on Sunday, June 5 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Tickets are available at the HCC office at Kahului Harbor or through HCC keiki members.  HCC is asking for a $7 donation for a 1 lbs bowl.

All proceeds of the HCC Kalua Turkey Sale support HCC’s paddling programs.

The mission of HCC is to perpetuate and preserve the art of Hawaiian canoe paddling by providing an environment rooted in traditional Hawaiian values that promote personal growth, character development, and achievement in physical fitness.  For more information on this or other HCC programs, please visit or call 893-2124.

Fun in the Sun

04.19.2011 0


Fun in the Sun – HCC Ohana Comes Together for A Great Day on the Water


Fun in the Sun – “Kala for da Keiki!”

Over 200 paddlers turned out Sunday, May 8th for a great day of racing and fun.

Thank you to all our club members and their families who helped out.

Mahalo to local businesses for sponsoring racing teams –

Whole Foods Market – Hawaii Paddle Sports – Aloha Remodeling and Construction, Inc. – Emerald Club Realty – Mama’s Fish House – Kanaka Construction – Allegiance Excavation – Keele Ohana Builders

Mahalo to our sponsors –

Hawaii Fueling Network – Mancini Welch & Geiger LLP – Fergus & Company – Kent & Polli Smith Foundation – Bendon Family Foundation – Jac & Susan Kean – Peter & Deborah Martin Foundation – Sporting Club of the Pacific – Paragon Sailing Charters – Maui Oil Company – Carlsmith Ball

Summer Kamali’i & Paddling Program Registration

03.23.2011 0

Registration for the 2011 Summer Hawaiian Kamali’i Enrichment Program & Regatta Season

Open to keiki born on or before 12/31/1999.  Our 10 and under division is full.

Practice for the 2011 regatta season runs May 2-August 5.  The Hawaiian Kamali’i Summer Enrichment Program runs June 7-July 30.

Registration checklist:

  • 2011 HCRA Waiver (download here)
  • 2011 HCC/Kamali’i Program Membership Form (download here)
  • Copy of birth certificate (or any other government document verifying the keiki’s age and sex)
  • $80 regatta dues (cash or check payable to Hawaiian Canoe Club)
  • Keiki will also need to take a picture at registration for their paddling ID card

Bus Transportation

Hawaiian Canoe Club partners with MEO to offer free bus transportation to and from our canoe hale to neighborhoods in Central, South, and Upcountry Maui. Complete the MEO form below and return it to HCC.

Clikc to download 2011 MEO Youth Trans Application (please complete Youth Trans application AND Privacy Practices sheets)

Click to download 2011 MEO School Bus Schedule

Click to download 2011 MEO  SUMMER Schedule

Kamali’i Program

For more information on HCC’s Hawaiian Kamali’i Progam, please check out our Kamali’i page here.

Contact Us

Office 893-2124 /  Email

Spring Paddling Season for Keiki

01.18.2011 0

Spring Season includes Maui Invitational Keiki Regatta plus races on O’ahu

Practice begins Monday, February 7

Grades 4-8: Monday through Friday, 2:45pm-4:00pm

Grades 9-12: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm

The Spring Paddling Season season is free, but keiki are responsible for airfare to O’ahu plus entry fees (total cost TBA).

HCC partners with MEO Youth Transportation to offer free bus transportation from most public schools and St. Anthony to HCC.  To get an MEO bus pass download the application here and return to HCC. Download the MEO bus schedule here.

Download an enrollment form here.

Questions? Call 893-2124.

The mission of Hawaiian Canoe Club is to perpetuate and preserve the art of Hawaiian canoe paddling by providing an environment rooted in traditional Hawaiian values that promote personal growth, character development, and achievement in physical fitness.

Winter Break paddling for keiki

12.15.2010 0

Join Coach Paul Ka’uhane Lu’uwai this Winter Break for OC2 paddling at Kahului Harbor.

This FREE program for keiki grades 6-8 will be offered from 12pm-3pm on December 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, and 30.

Experienced and new keiki are welcomed.  Keiki will paddle, participate in Hawaiian culture activities, and learn Hawaiian oli (chants).

SIGN UP: Call the HCC office at 893-2124.  Space is limited so sign up today!

Keiki paddlers happy after their race

Spanning generations

07.26.2010 0

Archived from

Hawaiian Canoe Club celebrates 50 years of growth, in and out of the water

By KEKOA ENOMOTO, Staff Writer |POSTED: July 25, 2010

KAHULUI – Fifty years ago, a Central Maui police officer and his wife spearheaded the start of Hawaiian Canoe Club at Kahului Harbor to get youngsters off the streets and into Hawaiian outrigger canoes.

“All these kids heard about it,” Joan Lake Farren, daughter of founders John and Kealoha Lake, said by phone last week from her home in Las Vegas. “It started out with 10 kids. Pretty soon it just kept growing.”

Charter ohana included the Alau, Anakalea, Kailihiwa, Kawaakoa and Lai families.

Farren said her dad, a police lieutenant, also collaborated with members of the Marciel, Uwekoolani, Wilmington and other families to kokua, or support, other canoe clubs on Maui.

“Four guys from Lahaina, Kahului and Kihei came to my father,” she recounted. “They all sat down and worked together to expand into different clubs. . . . We helped one another because we were close.”

The Maui island paddling community “grew into what it is today. I am so happy all the members are going with their canoe clubs,” she said.

Kealoha Lake helped with the younger children, logged Hawaiian Canoe Club members’ names and assiduously recorded the club’s history through 1980.

“She was given the title of First Lady of Canoe Clubs on Maui,” said Miriam Lake, also a daughter of the co-founders.

Veteran head coach Diane St. Sure Ho said the late 1970s saw the club “making a commitment to success in all aspects” and ascending “from last in the Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association in 1979 to first in 1984.”

She indicated that the club has benefited from a tradition of great coaches, who “have been with us for long periods of time and/or come through the program; so they’re always on the same page.”

“They have bought into the big picture of the club, the needs of club. They come to weekly meetings and understand what we’re doing. They make decisions based on what the club needs and not necessarily on what a crew needs,” she said.

They are “open to criticism and growth, that’s important. . . . I think the strength of Hawaiian Canoe Club coaching is a lack of egos and a willingness to put our club first. That’s the biggest difference I see from other groups,” Ho said about the selflessness of the coaches. Their ranks include names like JB Guard, Guy Helm, Ka’uhane Lu’uwai, Johnny McCandless, Dane Ward and new-generation coaches Kekupa’a Nae’ole and Kaikaika Nance.

Lu’uwai added that the last-to-first arc was also a result of the continuity of club membership from the keiki to adult ranks.

“We were a really small, close-knit club. When the kids started becoming adults, that’s when our club really started getting stronger and better,” said Lu’uwai, who’s coached club youth to 15 keiki (youth) division state championships, including six straight, in 26 years as keiki coach.

“That was the big turnaround in winning the state championship, I believe, when most of our kids became adults. . . . I never thought we would ever win it. We were second, third, fourth for years and years. All of a sudden, it started with the men, then our women, and then here we go nine state championships later. I feel really good about that,” he said.

Nevertheless, Lu’uwai said one of his greatest coaching achievements was guiding club keiki as young as 10 years old in a ka’apuni, or circumnavigation, of Molokai last weekend to celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary as part of a summerlong project. They paddled 114 miles in 20 hours over three days, from D.T. Fleming Beach at Kapalua, around Halawa to Hale O Lono, and back to Hanakaoo Beach at Kaanapali, he said.

He recalled “paddling past Pelekunu with waterfalls and mountains. . . .The ocean was rough as a skunk out there. Eight kids were throwing up at one time. . . . They lost fluids, they lost food, but they were out there cranking. It was a long trip.”

The ka’apuni is a microcosm of the club’s legacy of youth development, water sports and cultural context.

“My focus has never changed. It’s always been about our kids, to make them good people; to teach good ethics, good morals, Hawaiian culture and, of course, to paddle good,” Lu’uwai said. “To make good people more than good paddlers, but they became good paddlers too.”

In the tradition of the club founders, a formerly single mother with six children helped start, and for many years ran, Hawaiian Canoe Club’s keiki programs to fill a community need. Mary Akiona – former longtime executive director at Hawaiian and a part-time auditor, who now serves as board treasurer – looks to the club Kamali’i, or youth, Program to foster the next generation in her own family.

“I want to bring my grandson from Oahu to Maui, to come next summer and paddle. It’s an awesome program.”

Three of her own children: “Kimo, Dorothy, Richard – they all went through the program, and all were junior leaders in the program. . . . They all had this opportunity.”

Hawaiian Canoe Club incorporated in 1992 as the nonprofit Kamali’i Inc., and five-year club President Dave Ward called the club’s Kamali’i Program “so exceptional. I don’t think there’s anything like it nationally that offers the opportunities with this leadership program.”

“They come through, and each kid has responsibility as they get older, and the older ones lead the younger kids down the line. So the older kids have a summer job, and there are classes to learn how to write a resume, to interview with a company – all are taught and performed.”

Farren, who arrives Friday from Vegas for the 50th-anniversary festivities, noted, “There’s so many kids. My father would be astounded at the interest of the kids, the discipline. There’s character in it as well as bodybuilding, working together and growing.

“Oh Dad, you started more than you thought.”

* Kekoa Enomoto can be reached at She is a member of Hawaiian Canoe Club.

The late Kealoha and John Matthew Lake are credited with having founded Hawaiian Canoe Club in 1960.

Fact Box


* HALE BLESSING: of a 50-by-30-foot traditional Hawaiian hale, or structure, 5 p.m. Friday, Hoaloha Park, Kahului; free to the public. Hale to be used as a site for community and cultural events and activities, such as hula instruction.

* CULTURAL WORKSHOPS: Celebration of Canoe Culture from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Hawaiian Canoe Club hale, Hoaloha Park, Kahului; free to the public.Cultural practitioners Ray Bumatay and Kalei Tsuha Nu’uhiwa lead workshops and demonstrations in canoe building, cord-making, rigging techniques, and Polynesian seafaring and navigation.

* LUAU CELEBRATION: 50th Anniversary Luau 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Maui Tropical Plantation; tickets $40, children under 12 free. Open to “the whole community, not only Hawaiian Canoe Club paddlers (present and past), but all paddlers.” No-host bar 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m., show 6:30 p.m. Entertainment by Halau Hula Ka Malama Mahilani, under the direction of kumu hula Pueo Pata; halau Na Hanona Kulike ‘O Pi’ilani, led by na kumu hula Sissy Lake-Farm and Kapono’ai Molitau; and Hawaiian Canoe Club keiki. Also, silent auction and club logo wear for sale. For tickets, call 893-2124.

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