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2023 ANNUAL MEETING!10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 11, 2023

The club invites new and returning paddlers, their families, and community members to our annual meeting at the HANALEI CANOE CLUB.

This is a time to sign-up for the 2023 paddling season, learn about the clubs, and elect the Steering Committee for HCC and the board for HHCC.

Membership registration forms can be downloaded here Membership Forms.

41st Annual

HA'ENA TO HANALEI

8 Mile Run or Walk

Half Marathon, 5K Run &

1 Mile Youth Run

Saturday June 3, 2023

photo: © 2019 Nancy Williams

Mission Statement

 
Purpose
To provide our community, young and old alike, with the opportunity to perpetuate the culture and art of Hawaiian canoe paddling.
 
Good Sportsmanship
We desire to create a positive environment based on mutual respect, rather than a win at all costs attitude. Our goal is to instill good sportsmanship in every facet of our club.
 
Open Registration
Our club is open to everyone from 8 years old and up. Interest, enthusiasm, and willingness to participate are the only criteria.
 
Positive Coaching
Through the use of positive encouragement and training, we strive to give everyone the opportunity to be the best that they desire to be.
 
Unity
Move our club forward as one, encompassing our Youth, Adult, and recreational programs.

The Hanalei Canoe Club paddling season runs from February through October, starting with long-distance racing.

The regatta or sprint races begin in May and culminate with the HCRA State Championship Race in August. The long-distance season continues with the Na Pali Challenge here on Kauai, the Queen Lili‘uokalani Race on the Big Island at Kona, and the biggest challenge of the season, the 41.8 miles race from Moloka‘i to O‘ahu. It's truly an experience to remember.

Our club comprises two divisions; the Youth Division comprises girls and boys 10-18 years of age, and the Adult Division includes women and men 19 years of age and up.

Each year we sponsor the Tai Hook regatta at Hanalei Bay. Our three major fundraisers to help defray operating costs, including annual insurance dues and the upkeep of our facility and equipment, are the Haena to Hanalei 8-Mile Run/Walk in June, Hanalei-Tahiti Fete in July, and the Luau at the end of July.

Being a Hanalei Civic Canoe Club member is a beautiful, unique experience. You can make friends, learn to work as a team, and strengthen your minds and bodies. Hopefully, we take all that we know and apply it to our everyday lives. We are truly blessed to be able to paddle our canoes in a place as beautiful as Hanalei Bay!

History

The Hanalei Canoe Club was founded in 1973 as a community outreach program of the Hanalei Hawaiian Civic Club.

The mission of the Hawaiian Civic Clubs is to serve in advocacy of the Hawaiian culture, health, economic development, education, and social welfare of its people. As such, when Stu and Shirley Kalama approached the Hanalei Hawaiian Civic Club to start the first canoe club on the north shore of Kauai, they agreed! Shirley and Stu generously lent the club its first canoe –the Po’okela, and the Hanalei Canoe Club was launched to help perpetuate the ancient art of Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe paddling.

The Hanalei Canoe Club was initially part of the Hui Wa’a Canoe Racing Association. Hui Wa’a allowed clubs without traditional koa canoes to belong and race in their canoe racing association. This opened the door for clubs in many communities that, unable to afford a koa canoe, would otherwise not have been able to paddle and compete.

The primary purpose of the Hanalei Canoe Club at that time was to provide an ohana for the youth of the north shore to learn the traditional Hawaiian sport of outrigger canoe racing. In addition to the youth team, the Hanalei Canoe Club also attracted adult paddlers. (In fact, in 1973, the men’s crew of Nick Beck, Francis Chandler, Jr., Kirk Chandler, Moku Chandler, Blakesley Conant, Tiger Espera, Wendall Fu, Kawika Goodale, Bito Hermosura, Togo Hermosura, Dixon Inouye, Christian Marston, and Kachi Yokotake, won first place in the Molokai to Oahu race!)

Kapeka Chandler was instrumental in the early days until she died, helping support and grow the club – actively fundraising to support the club so that the youth and their families could travel and compete.

In 1979 Hanalei Canoe Club acquired their first traditional koa canoe – the Kai’Opua, and joined the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association (HCRA). In 1982 the Hanalei Canoe Club caused the biggest upset in state history, becoming the first outer island canoe club to win the HCRA championships!

In addition to the Kai’Opua, Hanalei Canoe Club dreamed of obtaining a koa canoe for open ocean racing. This dream was realized in 1987 when our Hanalei men’s crew won first place in the Oahu to Kauai, Na Holo Kai Sailing Canoe Race. The first-place award was a koa log. Master Canoe builder Wright Bowman, Jr. designed and built to our specifications a koa canoe from that log named Na Holo Kai.

Initially, our canoes were kept at Black Pot Beach. Eventually, through the generosity of the Wilcox family, we moved to our first canoe hale on the Hanalei River. In 1989, again, with the generosity of the Wilcox family, the Hanalei Canoe Club was able to move to the land on the Hanalei River, where our clubhouse/hale is still located. After Hurricane Iniki devastated our original clubhouse, it was rebuilt in time for our 20th anniversary and is the beautiful clubhouse you see today.

In 2008, Hanalei Canoe Club sponsored the then-new West Kauai Canoe Club to help support and expand the art of outrigger canoe race on Kauai’s West side.

Over the years, HCC has been blessed with many wonderful, talented, and inspiring coaches. A special mention must be made to Kainoa Chandler Forrest, our Head Coach for the women’s team from 1990 to 2009. Unfortunately, Kainoa passed away too soon in 2010. Over several years the Na Holo Kai was completely rebuilt and refurbished by Bobby Puakea with the help of many Hanalei Canoe Club youth, paddlers, and coaches. It was completed in 2012 and renamed the Kainoa Hola Kai and continues to be our cherished koa racing canoe.

Kainoa’s daughter, Lilinoe Forrest, assumed her mother’s position as Head Coach for the Women’s Team and continues to coach today.

Throughout the years, Hanalei Canoe Club has continued to thrive and grow. The Hanalei Canoe Club has won every Garden Island Championship race, and youth, men’s, and women’s teams have won many HCRA State Championship medals – bronze, silver, and gold! Our men’s crews consistently place in the top 10 in the Molokai Hoe, and our women’s crews often place top 20 in the Na Wahine O Ke Kai. Our men’s and women’s crews have also won many gold medals at the Queen Liliuokalani race in Kona.

The Hanalei Canoe Club proudly participates in community outreach providing educational outreach with our local schools, Make A Wish Foundation experiences, and more.

Hanalei Canoe Club has participated internationally in Outrigger Canoe Races (6-man, 1-man, World Sprints, and Swan Boat), sending teams to Tahiti, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand.

Directions

Use the following map to locate the HCC clubhouse at the end of Weke Road.

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Ha'ena Directions
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Steering Committee

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President

Wilbert "Puka" Tai Hook
STEERING - LILINOE
Vice-President

Lilinoe Forrest Inanod
STEERING - GARY
Treasurer

Gary Rexrode
STEERING - MARY
Secretary

Mary Mair
PLACEHOLDER
Asst. Secretary

Louise Barnfield
PLACEHOLDER
Koa Rep.

Nancy Vaughn
PLACEHOLDER
Youth Coach

Kau'i Fu
PLACEHOLDER
Woman's Coach

Adam Roversi
STEERING - LILINOE
Men's Coach

Rick Ham Young
STEERING - JULIE
Morn. Practice

Julie Wallace
STEERING - CRAIG
Member at Large

Craig Miller
STEERING - JASON
Member at Large

Jason Ito
STEERING - NANCY
Member at Large

Nancy Williams
STEERING - Kapua
HHCC Rep.

Kapua Chandler