Kai ‘Ehitu ’24 Regatta

Thanks to the Kona Low we had nice stable weather in the lee of the island’s mountains for the regatta. This past Saturday saw 1,228 paddlers in 322 crews out for a nice day of just smashing it.

In the AAA division the clubs battled it out with a handful of points separating the top 5. Our metal count was boosted thanks to all the heavy metal our youth paddlers won with a 5 in a row gold metal streak.

Sunday Post Regatta Paddle

We are hoping to revive our club flotillas by having everyone jump in a canoe (OC6 or OC1) on Sunday mornings (5:45 am) for an easy run around the bay. It’s a good chance to paddle with other members and have a nice paddle around the bay.

Upcoming Events

2024-05-25KEAUHOUKailua BayLD*Keauhou Canoe Club
2024-06-01HUI WAʻA O WAIĀKEA/IRA&BARBARA KEKAUALHilo BayLD*Hui Waʻa ʻO Waiākea
2024-06-08KAI ʻŌPUA/KAMEHAMEHA DAYKailua BayLD*Kai Opua Canoe Club
Next 3 races are Long Distance in Kona

Want to Film?

Crabbie Paddle captured this regatta in all its glory:

But Mike is looking to pass the baton. Anyone feeling inspired to take it over full time from him? Please let him know.

Keaukaha Crew Results

As a benchmark going into this season, here’s each event our club raced along with the place, times and crews.

Event 1: Girls 12
9th (2 pts) Lane:7 2:48.62: Melia Alcain, Taydee Lynn Alcosiba, Kamo’Ipunahele Harbottle, Milan Hauanio, Nyiva Pacheco, Nahi Warfield

Event 2: Boys 12
3rd (6 pts) Lane:2 2:29.11: Koaia Aiona, Kahalekulu Asing, Tava Kahalioumi, James William Kamaka-Mauhili, Stone Schaber, Jacob Yung

Event 3: Mixed Boys and Girls 12
2nd (8 pts) Lane:2 2:24.19: Melia Alcain, Kahalekulu Asing, Kamo’Ipunahele Harbottle, Tava Kahalioumi, Makamae Kailiwai, Jacob Yung

Event 4: Girls 13
5th (8 pts) Lane:7 2:21.99: Taydee Lynn Alcosiba, Makamae Kailiwai, Jordyn Osorio, Alaulani Roback, Breeze Romero, Bailey Uyeshiro

Event 5: Boys 13
1st (10 pts) Lane:5 2:07.54: Laakea Ahu, Tala Koehnen-Su’A, Manoalii Publico, Mystiq Rosario, Reigan Shimahara, Zyan Subica

Event 6: Women Novice B
6th (5 pts) Lane:6 2:37.48: Katie Graham, Hailey Lucia, Shae Massie, Sarah Rice, Jessella Thornton, Kelsey Whitaker

Event 7: Men Novice B
8th (2 pts) Lane:5 2:05.95: Tyler Bergman, Kali French, Leland Kubo, Jerome Paguirigan, Bryan Stanley, Jake Sykes

Event 8: Girls 14
3rd (11 pts) Lane:5 2:25.80: Kalena Harbottle, Jordyn Osorio, Alohi Paulos, Alaulani Roback, Breeze Romero, Bailey Uyeshiro

Event 9: Boys 14
1st (9 pts) Lane:3 2:04.31: Kahanuola Behr, Hilo Paliku Roback, Reigan Shimahara, Jett Tsubamoto, Kasen Vise, Treyston Yung

Event 10: Mixed Novice B
5th (6 pts) Lane:4 2:17.55: Tyler Bergman, Kali French, Leland Kubo, Hailey Lucia, Shae Massie, Jessella Thornton

Event 11: Girls 15
6th (3 pts) Lane:2 5:09.48: Aimani Abraham, Nahe Ehrhorn, Malu Kauahi, Jillian Lum, Alohi Paulos, Stormi Prieto

Event 12: Boys 15
3rd (8 pts) Lane:3 4:17.05: Kealohanuiakealii Alcain, Evan Obrien, Kotah Prudholm, Hilo Paliku Roback, Mystiq Rosario, Treyston Yung

Event 13: Girls 16 & Under
1st (9 pts) Lane:2 4:46.47: ZOE Aoki, Tati Dunhour, Kalena Harbottle, Olena Harbottle, Jillian Lum, Brandy Uyeshiro

Event 14: Boys 16 & Under
1st (10 pts) Lane:2 3:58.79: Eleu Awong, Tanoa Laititi, Talan Nicolas, Reid Okazaki, Jett Tsubamoto, Ulu Yung

Event 15: Girls 18 & Under
1st (7 pts) Lane:2 4:41.16: Tati Dunhour, Pua’ena Estocado, Pualani Estocado, Olena Harbottle, Waiolu Publico, Kaliko Uyeshiro

Event 16: Boys 18 & Under
1st (7 pts) Lane:2 3:46.81: Eleu Awong, Eha Kiyuna, Talan Nicolas, Reid Okazaki, Ali’I Youderian, Ulu Yung

Event 17: Mixed 18
1st (11 pts) Lane:2 4:15.43: Malu Kauahi, Eha Kiyuna, Tanoa Laititi, Kotah Prudholm, Waiolu Publico, Kaliko Uyeshiro

Event 18: Women Novice A
5th (4 pts) Lane:5 4:54.25: Lisa Eller, Makanalani Guillermo, Haunani Miyasato, Linda Santiago, Kirie Santos, Keala Stant

Event 19: Men Novice A
4th (3 pts) Lane:4 4:09.13: Francis Alcain, Lukela Chin, Ryan Lucia, Casey Morris, Patrick Parker, Jonah Villiarimo

Event 20: Women Freshmen
4th (3 pts) Lane:3 4:33.68: ZOE Aoki, Kawena Brooks, Pua’ena Estocado, Aunty Tammy Henson, Dalilah Martin, Brandy Uyeshiro

Event 21: Men Freshmen
1st (7 pts) Lane:2 3:31.04: Brawn Albino, Rusty Crabbe, Kama Leeloy, Mario Mausio, Robert Whitney JR., Ali’I Youderian

Event 22: Women Sophomore
3rd (3 pts) Lane:2 4:30.93: Whitney Dahm, Pualani Estocado, Nahiena Kekuawela, Lisa Lucia, Amy Mcbride, Brianna Ninomoto

Event 23: Men Sophomore
1st (8 pts) Lane:5 3:40.66: Keale Cachola Jr, Rusty Crabbe, Kama Leeloy, Tyler Makaiwi, Mario Mausio, Robert Whitney JR.

Event 24: Women Junior
4th (3 pts) Lane:4 9:42.29: Kawena Brooks, Pakela Ka’au’A, Kanoe Lee Loy, Dalilah Martin, Amy Mcbride, Brianna Ninomoto

Event 25: Men Junior
5th (1 pts) Lane:2 8:44.52: Clinton Alexander, Loren Pabila, Denis Perdomo, Noah Pila, Kwai Chang Publico, Kainalu Steward

Event 28: Women Masters (40)
7th (1 pts) Lane:6 5:08.04: Jayce Hiduchik-Nakayama, Kawai Kauahi, Karmen Kealohi, Rena Kiyuna, Lisa Lucia, Liz Wilson

Event 29: Men Masters (40)
2nd (3 pts) Lane:3 3:47.31: Francis Alcain, Grant Ka’au’A, LaʻA Kamakawiwoʻole, Guy Loa, Tyron Nicolas, Denis Perdomo

Event 31: Mens (70)
1st (5 pts) Lane:5 4:26.49: Warren Dela Cruz, Eric Hagiwara, Jeff Harman, Greg Kane, James Mckeague, Ben Smith

Event 32: Woman (65)
0th (0 pts) Lane:6 : Crew Names not Provided

Event 33: Men (65)
2nd (4 pts) Lane:3 4:18.30: Warren Dela Cruz, Greg Kane, James Mckeague, Mike Shintaku, Ben Smith, Egan Tasaki

Event 34: Woman Masters (60 yrs)
0th (0 pts) Lane:8 : Crew Names not Provided

Event 35: Men Masters (60 yrs)
8th (3 pts) Lane:5 4:33.80: Jeff Clemenson, Eric Hagiwara, Jeff Harman, Clem Kawai’ae’A, Al Konishi, Mike Shintaku

Event 36: Women Golden Masters (55)
0th (0 pts) Lane:5 : Scratched

Event 37: Men Golden Masters (55)
3rd (2 pts) Lane:5 4:01.48: Dave Hafele, Grant Kauahi, Axel Kratel, Rick Myers, Mark Panek, Kalani Spain

Event 38: Senior Women Masters (50)
8th (1 pts) Lane:7 5:11.10: Kauilani Marquez, Michelle Melendez, Crystal Nicolas, Hoku Pihana, Corrina Publico, Lisa Spain

Event 39: Senior Men Masters (50)
3rd (6 pts) Lane:3 3:49.19: Eric Baicy, Keone Chin, Grant Kauahi, Nicholas Marr, Nathan Osorio, Rob Silbanuz

Event 40: Mixed Masters (55)
0th (0 pts) Lane:5 4:38.02: Jill Dawrs, Axel Kratel, Rick Myers, Mark Panek, Sophia Sotelo, Jeri Lynn Spain

Event 41: Mixed Masters (40)
2nd (6 pts) Lane:4 4:05.31: LaʻA Kamakawiwoʻole, Kawai Kauahi, Karmen Kealohi, Rena Kiyuna, Guy Loa, Tyron Nicolas

Event 42: Women Open Four
6th (4 pts) Lane:3 5:01.63: Kalisi Faanunu Mausio, Aunty Tammy Henson, Jayce Hiduchik-Nakayama, Pakela Ka’au’A

Event 43: Men Open Four
5th (6 pts) Lane:5 4:02.38: Brawn Albino, Tyler Makaiwi, Loren Pabila, Keahi Warfield

Event 44: Mixed Men and Women
4th (7 pts) Lane:5 4:05.94: Keale Cachola Jr, Whitney Dahm, Kalisi Faanunu Mausio, Grant Ka’au’A, Kanoe Lee Loy, Noah Pila


Time Trials Results & Ohana Day

May 5th

Don’t forget May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) is our annual clean up and family paddle day.

To all parents and club members: we will have a cleanup and BBQ day on Sunday May 5th! Help spread the word!

  • Clean up – 10am to 1pm (mostly adult members’ Kuleana)
  • BBQ/Potluck 1:30pm (Friends and Family please join us)
  • Ohana paddling (we’ll have 1 OC6 for family, friends and kids to learn 3 at a time, along with 3 experienced paddlers + life jackets supplied)
  • OC6 Ama flying contests (2 canoe show down, 3 to 6 man crews, audience decides who advances to final)

For the cleanup:

If you have materials that could be donated it would help.

  • Some minor projects / supplies:
    • Need sections of galvanized chain link to close up the broken areas
    • Repair saddles (Fire hose padding will be available)
    • Sand removed around OC1 Halau 1 & 2 gates and under some of the canoes (check with stall owners)
    • PVC repair or replacement of the OC1 stands
    • Repair county hose valve by OC1 Halau 3 (If county hasn’t fixed it by then, need a valve NPT threaded)
    • Trim back trees and bushes from Halaus
    • Weed and Trash removal (need buckets and bags)
    • OC6 cleaning
    • Trucks to haul away trash
  • Things that will help
    • I’ll bring my pressure washer again for the shower area – might be nice to paint it too and maybe some lettering (“ALOHA”, “WORLD SPRINTS”, “2024”) – anyone have some colorful paint to spare?
    • Shovels, rakes, gloves, trimming equipment (take a look around now to see what you might be able to help with)
    • General tools for repairs
    • Clean OC6 canoes (buckets, rags, glycerin-based soap – without detergents which are bad for waterways, brushes, etc.)
    • Clean OC1 locks and lubricate
    • Repair your OC1 stall pads (personal responsibility)
    • Just cleaning and fixing stuff in general.


Mahalo nui to all the people who helped out on Saturday and Sunday. The event was a huge success because of the volunteers that keep the canoes going and the paddlers ready to race. Our club contributed about 95% of the non-HCRA volunteers and it wouldn’t have been a success without all of you.

We will be opening up a larger volunteer signup sheet and sending announcements for August soon for the world wide event. But our club will remain the central leader in making this event successful.


Congratulations to all the paddlers who trained and raced. We had some of the top paddlers from all over the islands show up to compete. It was a great experience racing against some of the fastest paddlers around.

These are not the official results, I’ve tried to extract the events where we had club members or teams qualify. Keaukaha had 10 total qualifications with Ali’i qualifying in both U19 and Open Men. It appears Kai ‘Ehitu managed to pull in 16 qualifications and Lanikai got 18.

QUALIFIED4 – Aaron Norris
QUALIFIED35 – Tiriston Kahookele-Santos
QUALIFIED53 – Ali’I Youderian
V6 – MEN 70
QUALIFIED53 – Makule Men
QUALIFIED10 – Waimanalo
QUALIFIED31 – Hawaiian 70 Men
QUALIFIED8 – Outrigger (Makules)
QUALIFIED58 – Keauhou
QUALIFIED87 – Namolokama M70
V1 – U19 MEN
QUALIFIED53 – Ali’I Youderian
QUALIFIED4 – Jaemon Foti
QUALIFIED4 – Castle Foti
V6 – MEN 40
QUALIFIED5 – Leeward Kai
QUALIFIED59 – Kana-40
QUALIFIED53 – Keaukaha (Kaaua)
QUALIFIED59 – Team East
QUALIFIED4 – Lanikai White
QUALIFIED51 – Kawaihae (Men 40)
V6 – MEN 50
QUALIFIED59 – Kana5-0
QUALIFIED3 – Uhane O Kailua M50S
QUALIFIED4 – Lanikai White
QUALIFIED4 – Lanikai Green
QUALIFIED53 – Wa’a Fitness
QUALIFIED86 – Kilohana Hoe Wa’A
QUALIFIED57 – Puna 3
QUALIFIED31 – Aloha Unlimited
QUALIFIED50 – Kai Opua 1
QUALIFIED57 – Puna 1
QUALIFIED53 – Keaukaha Wahine
V6 – U16 WOMEN
QUALIFIED86 – Kilohana Hoe Wa’A
QUALIFIED31 – Hawaiian 16 Girls Blue
QUALIFIED84 – Hui O Mana Ka Puuwai
QUALIFIED53 – Keaukaha (Koyd)
QUALIFIED50 – Kai Opua U 16 Women
QUALIFIED31 – Hawaiian 16 Girls White
V6 – U19 MEN
QUALIFIED59 – Kai Ehitu Tane 19
QUALIFIED4 – Lanikai Green
QUALIFIED53 – Keaukaha (Koyd)
QUALIFIED84 – Hui O Mana Ka Puuwai
QUALIFIEDH – Lokahi- Imi Ola Blue
V6 – U19 WOMEN
QUALIFIED86 – Kilohana Hoe Wa’A
QUALIFIED53 – Keaukaha (Koyd)
QUALIFIED4 – Lanikai
QUALIFIED84 – Hui O Mana Ka Puuwai
QUALIFIED64 – Paddlers Of Laka (Klk Black)
QUALIFIED7 – Keahiakahoe
QUALIFIED59 – Big Island Va’A 3
QUALIFIED4 – Lanikai Green
QUALIFIED53 – Keaukaha
QUALIFIED5 – Leeward Kai
QUALIFIED39 – Wailea
QUALIFIED59 – Big Island Va’A 2
Who’s charging in August? Team Hawai’i

Official Times And Results for All Heats:

Day 1 results

Day 2 results

World Sprints Planning

There are multiple events that your V6 crew qualifies for in addition to the 500m. There’s a 1000m and a 500m double hull race. For the 500m, 4 out of 6 paddlers must be the same as your trials crew. The additional races I believe you’re not restricted on your use of alternates. However they must be approved paddlers and have paid all registrations fees along with proper paperwork (passports, etc.)

Familiarize yourself with your events, rules, fees, deadlines, etc. as there is still more to do prior to the race.


Halau Cleanup – May 5 and more.

To all parents and club members: we will have a cleanup and BBQ day on Sunday May 5th!

  • Clean up – 10am to 1pm (mostly adult members’ Kuleana)
  • BBQ/Potluck 1:30pm (Friends and Family please join us)
  • Ohana paddling (we’ll have 1 OC6 for family, friends and kids to learn 3 at a time, along with 3 experienced paddlers + life jackets supplied)
  • OC6 Ama flying contests (2 canoe show down, 3 to 6 man crews, audience decides who advances to final)

For the cleanup:

If you have materials that could be donated it would help.

  • Some minor projects / supplies:
    • Sections of galvanized chain link to close up the broken areas
    • Repair saddles (Fire hose padding will be available)
    • Sand removed around OC1 Halau 1 & 2 gates and under some of the canoes (check with stall owners)
    • PVC repair or replacement of the OC1 stands
    • Repair county hose valve by OC1 Halau 3 (If county hasn’t fixed it by then, need a valve NPT threaded)
    • Trim back trees and bushes from Halaus
    • Weed and Trash removal (need buckets and bags)
    • OC6 cleaning
    • Trucks to haul away trash
  • Things that will help
    • I’ll bring my pressure washer again for the shower area – might be nice to paint it too
    • Shovels, rakes, gloves, trimming equipment (take a look around now to see what you might be able to help with)
    • General tools for repairs
    • Clean OC6 canoes (buckets, rags, glycerin-based soap – without detergents which are bad for waterways, brushes, etc.)
    • Clean OC1 locks and lubricate
    • Repair your OC1 stall pads (personal responsibility)
    • Just cleaning and fixing stuff in general.

Goodbye to Jeannie

Jeannie’s celebration of life was not surprisingly a very crowded affair. Friday’s gathering at the Yacht Club had over 250 guests and the Paddle out was just as well attended. We had help from other clubs to provide additional seats for friends and family as Bill spread her ashes in the bay she loved to paddle in. If you would like to share your photos or videos with others, look at her memorial site:

She was a positive force on the land as well as the ocean and she’ll be missed by many.

Beanie Heen Race

Due to Dave Yamagata unable to fully run the Yamagata Challenge this year, the Beanie Heen is the last OC1 until fall.

Long Course Results

Way to represent, Tyron!

PlaceBibNameCategoryGenderFinish timeGap
1521Grocholski Jr, NathanOC-1, JuniorM1:48:06.3
265Ho, Kala’eOC-1, JuniorM1:50:55.0+2:48.7
31801Foti, JaemonOC-1, JuniorM1:53:04.6+4:58.3
4111Team Capri-OC-2, 60+F/M1:53:17.7+5:11.4
5551Napoleon, MauiOC-1, 19-39M1:53:47.3+5:41.0
6238Pj & AlexOC-2, 60+M1:54:31.1+6:24.8
71787Hayward, EddieOC-1, 50-59M1:55:37.7+7:31.4
81669Bertaina, ToaOC-1, JuniorM1:56:14.3+8:08.0
939Grocholski, NathanV-1, 40+M1:56:56.7+8:50.4
101829Bess, JerryOC-1, 50-59M1:57:20.3+9:14.0
111668Becerra, CharlesOC-1, 50-59M1:59:22.1+11:15.8
128Ogata, TheronOC-1, 50-59M2:00:29.4+12:23.1
131811Nicolas, TyronOC-1, 50-59M2:01:25.2+13:18.9
141701Woods, LeoOC-1, 40-49M2:01:48.8+13:42.5
1569Old, DavidV-1, 40+M2:02:59.5+14:53.2
1626Daniels, JudeV-1, JuniorM2:03:11.8+15:05.5
171463Meyer, PatrickOC-1, JuniorM2:03:14.2+15:07.9
18882Team TanOC-2, 19-49F/M2:03:17.8+15:11.5
19626Free, MartinOC-1, 50-59M2:05:04.3+16:58.0
201768Ward, MakaylaOC-1, 19-39F2:05:23.9+17:17.6
2125Kilgore, JimV-1, 40+M2:05:28.5+17:22.2
221741Ho, KonaOC-1, 40-49M2:06:09.2+18:02.9
231411Hunter, BrianOC-1, 50-59M2:07:54.1+19:47.8
241662Daniel, DarcyOC-1, 50-59F2:08:01.9+19:55.6
251704Pucong, MalakaiOC-1, JuniorM2:08:30.4+20:24.1
261413Lee, ZalynOC-1, 19-39M2:09:32.7+21:26.4
271809Heiss, MikeOC-1, NoviceM2:10:02.0+21:55.7
281692Sticks And Tiny BubblesOC-2, 19-49M2:10:20.6+22:14.3
2937Powers, OliverOC-1, JuniorM2:10:30.7+22:24.4
30888Anderson, SusanOC-1, 60-69F2:11:33.0+23:26.7
311705Kahulamu, NolenOC-1, 40-49M2:12:47.4+24:41.1
32300Benavides, KarlosOC-1, 40-49M2:13:00.0+24:53.7
331752Parker-Bailey, TroyOC-1, 60-69M2:14:49.8+26:43.5
341750Heiss, BrennaOC-1, JuniorF2:20:03.8+31:57.5
3599Morris, LouiseOC1, 70+F2:33:24.4+45:18.1

Short Course Results

Great Job Casey, Talan, Greg, and Crystal!

PlaceBibNameCategoryGenderFinish timeGap
157Gladden, KekaiOC-1, 19-59M1:13:09.8
21515Ohana Va’aOC-2, 19-59F/M1:13:47.1+0:37.3
31803Farmer, TroyOC-1, 19-59M1:14:31.5+1:21.7
44430Lai, JrOC-1, 60-69M1:14:52.1+1:42.3
521Leyva, DanielOC-1, 60-69M1:14:57.9+1:48.1
61816Kamauoha, GaryOC-1, 60-69M1:15:10.6+2:00.8
7199Morris, CaseyOC-1, NoviceM1:15:33.6+2:23.8
81716Axelson, MarkOC-1, NoviceM1:15:53.4+2:43.6
919Orosco, SylOC-1, 19-59M1:16:07.4+2:57.6
101691Nicolas, TalanOC-1, JuniorM1:16:20.3+3:10.5
111719Huli ChickensOC-2, 19-59F/M1:16:30.0+3:20.2
12543Watters, R.D.OC-1, 19-59M1:16:40.2+3:30.4
1371Kane, GregOC1, 70+M1:16:52.9+3:43.1
149Elliott, JimOC-1, 60-69M1:17:28.4+4:18.6
15171Roth, ShaunV-1, 19-59M1:18:22.7+5:12.9
161656Akau, KaeaeaOC-1, JuniorM1:18:49.0+5:39.2
17279Mama & Papa BearOC-2, 19-59F/M1:18:57.5+5:47.7
181817Vondrak, VladimirOC-1, JuniorM1:19:10.2+6:00.4
1914Muin, JosephOC-1, 19-59M1:19:38.3+6:28.5
2049Thompson, ChuckOC1, 70+M1:19:47.3+6:37.5
21239Spirit Of ScottyOC-2, 19-59F1:20:36.7+7:26.9
221663Bertaina, Giovanni OnosaiOC-1, NoviceM1:20:48.8+7:39.0
231620Tan, Hina’EaOC-1, JuniorF1:22:07.7+8:57.9
24721Green, Jene’OC-1, NoviceF1:22:23.1+9:13.3
251416Martin Ekings, SamOC-1, 60-69F1:23:48.7+10:38.9
26294Cheyenne And PeriOC-2, JuniorF1:24:48.0+11:38.2
271679Kaiawe-Zager, He’EnaluV-1, JuniorM1:26:06.9+12:57.1
281753Learned, BrodieOC-1, JuniorM1:26:24.6+13:14.8
29162Jarvinen, SuzanneOC-1, 60-69F1:26:41.0+13:31.2
301441Martinez, CrystalOC-1, 19-59F1:26:59.2+13:49.4
31711Hodges, LoisOC1, 70+F1:27:24.5+14:14.7
32808Kukua, CheriseOC-1, NoviceF1:31:02.4+17:52.6
3318Shaw, SusanOC1, 70+F1:31:56.3+18:46.5
342743Solomon, MatthewProne Board, OpenM1:36:54.6+23:44.8
351767Ecker, KaetiOC1, 70+F1:44:06.5+30:56.7

Businessman Regatta

Always a fun pre-season race hosted by Kamehameha Canoe Club. The Businessman Regatta was held Sunday on the 14th. It’s a good way for new people to get a high energy introduction to paddling and a fun community event.

Hopefully you got to see some of the fun or got to race this year.



Both Adults and Keiki dust off those paddles. The week of March 4 we will start to meet up with the coaches and hit the water. Schedules may end up adjusting based on crew needs and canoe availability.

Adult Paddler Dues & Paperwork

Make sure you’ve logged in and paid your dues and finished your paperwork before getting in a canoe. Coaches will be checking.

New Paddlers

Request an account on our website if you don’t have one.


  • Novice A/B: Eric H. – Tuesday/Thursday 4:30pm, Sunday 2pm
  • OPEN/W40: Keahi – M/T/W/Th 5-6:30pm, Sunday 6-8am
  • W50/W55: Tito – Tuesday/Friday 5-6 pm
  • W60+: Join W50/W55 with Tito Tues/Fri 5-6pm


  • Novice A/B: Kwai – Tuesday/Thursday 4-6, + 1 weekend day (TBD)
  • OPEN/M40: Kama – M/W/Th 4:30pm
  • M50/55: Tito – Tuesday/Friday 5-6 pm
  • M60+: Warren – M/W/Fri 3pm

Keiki Forms and Schedule

Parents – Please fill out the forms for your paddlers:

Filling out the form will add you to a separate contact list from the adults.

  • Menehune (under 12) – Friday 4-5 pm
  • 12-18 – M/T/W/Th 3-5pm

Bonus: Monday Madness

For those looking for some extra water time, Monday will be an open day to all levels/ages of paddlers who have OC1’s. Let’s go for a 4:30pm fleet departure from the beach, or join up on the water if you can’t make that time.

If you can’t keep up, that’s fine. Here’s some rules of thumb.

  • Stay on the same line as the other paddlers.
  • If in trouble, hold your paddle blade above the water to draw attention. (This signal can also be used by leaders to tell the group to stop/regroup).
  • If you don’t feel comfortable with the route or conditions, turn back and let others know you’re heading back.
  • Also before the paddle out, if you’re not sure about conditions or leaving early, let others know you might turn back early.
  • If you’re outside the wall and see the faster group stopping, then stop unless the plan is to regroup. When they turn around and start paddling, start heading back too. This helps keep the group from spreading out.
  • Keep your equipment in good condition and know your limits.

2024 Schedule

It seems likely that Kona will not get their racing permits in time for the 2024 season, but this is still Moku’s published schedule. Races are expected to all be in Hilo again this season, updates to the link above will be made as the dates get closer.

2024-05-04HOEMANA KAI KUKINISpencer Beach ParkLD*Hoemana
2024-05-11KAWAIHAEKawaihae HarborLD*Kawaihae Canoe Club
2024-05-18KAI ʻEHITU/PAPA KIMITETEHilo Akiona CourseRG*Kai ʻEhitu Outrigger Team
2024-05-25KEAUHOUKailua BayLD*Keauhou Canoe Club
2024-06-01HUI WAʻA O WAIĀKEA/IRA&BARBARA KEKAUALHilo BayLD*Hui Waʻa ʻO Waiākea
2024-06-08KAI ʻŌPUA/KAMEHAMEHA DAYKailua BayLD*Kai Opua Canoe Club
2024-06-15KAILANAHilo Bay (1/4)RG*Kailana Canoe Club
2024-06-22KEAUKAHAHilo Bay (1/4)RG*Keaukaha Canoe Club
2024-06-29PUNAHilo Akiona CourseRG*Puna Canoe Club
2024-07-06KAMEHAMEHA HILO/JOHN KEKUA JRHilo Akiona CourseRG*Kamehameha Canoe Club – Hilo
2024-07-13PADDLERS OF LAKA/NA WAʻA HANAKAHIHilo Akiona CourseRG*Paddlers of Laka
2024-08-10MILOLIʻIMiloli’i BayLD*Miloliʻi Canoe Club
2024-08-17KEŌUA/CALVIN KELEKOLIOHonaunau BayLD*Keōua Hōnaunau Canoe Club
2024-08-24WAIKOLOA/GREAT WAIKOLOA RACEAnaeho’omalu BayLD*Waikoloa Canoe Club
See for updates

*RG is a sprints regatta

*LD is a long distance race


Contact us if you have some specific questions or need more information.


Memorial For Jeannie

Dear friends of Jeannie,


As you may already know, our beloved Jeannie Sakovich left us on Saturday, January 13, 2023 after a short battle with cancer. 

We would like to extend this invitation to the paddling community to join the makule crews and Jeannie’s family on Saturday, April 13, 2024 7am at Bayfront as we assemble to remember and memorialize her in a paddle out to spread some of her ashes in Hilo Bay.  She loved paddling; more accurately, she loved paddling in Hilo Bay with Keaukaha Canoe Club so itʻs appropriate that we release a portion of her ashes into the bay with her friends and family being a witness to her new found freedom. We will gather at 7 a.m. for pule and spiritual guidance; Jeannieʻs makule crew will begin the paddle out and we invite you to be present as we paddle out towards Moku Ola where family members will be able to gather and experience the spirit of aloha as we lay her to rest. It is our hope that you will join us on your oc-1, SUP, or kayaks. Following the sprinkling of her ashes, we will have a few pop up tents in the lower parking lot and a selection of pupu’s and would like you to join us in celebrating her life and remembering her smile, her thoughtfulness and her willingness to be there for the team. Will you join us?  If youʻd like to bring something, please bring loose bio-degradable flowers. 

Also, Jeannieʻs family is hosting her Celebration of Life the day prior, on Friday, April 12th, at the Hilo Yacht Club from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All family and friends are welcome to attend. 

Ua pau kona luhi, ua maha (She is at peace)

The Sakovich Family


2024 Dues Due. Do It.

It’s that time again. OC1 stall holders need to renew their 2024 rental prior to Feb. 1 when we change keys. Paddlers need to also pay dues for OC6 Canoe use and get your HCRA waivers signed.

New HCRA Waiver Process

Login into your account, sign the forms and pay the dues owed. You will be required to print an HCRA waver, sign it, then scan or photograph it, then upload it to our website.

This is a new process but it will allow coaches to access your signed waiver for regattas and long distance races without having to repeat this multiple times.

Dues $100 / year, OC1 stalls are $120 with $50 refundable deposit.

Lost a Key?

If you need to replace a key, log into the website. Go to the menu->Halau->waitlist. There you’ll see a button “REQUEST REPLACEMENT KEY”. Click this ONCE. It will send a notification to us and it will reset your deposit.

Go to menu->Aloha->KCC BILLING SUMMARY and you should see the $50 deposit is due. Once this deposit is paid you can pick up your replacement key (instructions will be emailed).

Technical Difficulties?

You might experience a problem with getting your account renewed. If you do, take careful note of the details and explain it when you Contact Us for help (screenshots can help). Remember we are just volunteers, so patience and understanding is appreciated.

No Website Account?

If you’re interested in joining the club, use the Contact Us page. Please let us know some general information about yourself:

  • Why you want to join
  • Previous Experience (None is fine, but any water sports related experience is nice to know about)
  • Gender and age group (<40, 40-49, 50-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+)

We will discuss options with you and try to find a fit.

Team Jerseys

We plan on using the same blue 2023 jerseys and they can be found on our Store. There has been a few additions to the options including a couple other styles of synthetic jerseys and a black background version too for variety on non-race days.


World Sprints Time Trials


Hilo Bay will be hosting World Sprints August 13th to 24th but before you setup your training plan, you’ve got to qualify. Hawai’i Time Trials will be held in Hilo on April 27 and 28 of 2024.

Time trials will consist of V1 and V6 canoes. Trials are 500m course which is one length and no turns. You’ll have to stay in your lane (marked like swimming pool lanes with floats). And you can have a boat holder if necessary (sometimes strong winds require holders).

If you’re interested in putting together a crew or going V1 here’s the requirements.

The following summary is NOT official and extracted from HCRA Documentation which is the primary reference. LET ME KNOW IF YOU FIND AN ERROR.

Multiple Crews = Lower Fees

UPDATED: 11/27/2023

To file an intent, you do not need your crew roster. If you want to just do V1, you still have to pay $20. If you and a buddy want to just to race V1 then $40 ($20 each). This seems counter to what the instructions say, however 2 people have now verified this is how the charges are working.

Where you save is if you want to do V6 or V12 (no V12 for time trials, V6 teams that qualify can build V12 crew), you can sign up those slots and split the $100 and other fees with other V6/V12 teams. The problem is 1 person will need to be responsible for those crews and getting payments and informing them of dates and requirements and submitting all their papers. So be aware of how this system works.


  • Passports for all paddlers, no exceptions
  • File and Pay for your Intent BEFORE Dec. 2 2023.
    • $100 per intent and $20 per V1 paddler
      • update: If you just do V1, it’s $20.
    • File intent for V1/V6/V12 crews (no roster needed)
      • update: $100 covers 1 or multiple V6/V12 entries
    • 50% more charge if filed late
    • Clubs can file multiple intents ($100 if 1 or more V6/V12 and $20 each V1)
    • Payment is done on-line when submitting your form
  • FORM: (
    • Our Club Contact is whoever is organizing your crew
    • You do not need to provide a roster list for crews until April.
    • Pay close attention to deadlines as materials are time sensitive and may sometimes require immediate attention.

Key Deadlines

  • December 2, 2023 – Submit Intent to Race
  • January 31, 2024 – Last Date to Add/Remove Crews
    • Roster not needed.
    • Crew changes must be made through your intent to participate form edit link – don’t submit a new form.
  • April 19, 2024 – Crew Rosters Due and Paddlers must be HCRA Validated
    • Paddlers may be from different HCRA Clubs
    • Passports are required for all paddlers. (If you need to renew or apply, start that process now).
    • Headshot photos (clear, front facing, no shadows, clear backgrounds, no hats, sunglasses, etc).
    • Proof of residency. (Required for foreign passport holders).
    • $40 / paddler dues to be paid


Place in top 6 in 500 Meter at trials for V6 or in the top 3 for V1. Here’s what to expect for next steps:

  • April 28, 2024 $240 – Refundable up to 50% on a case-by-case basis. Amount paid out and time to sprints race will be a factor.
  • April 28, 2024 Order uniform. All Hawaii participants must wear the Team Hawaii Racing Uniform while competing and during any medal presentations.
  • May 15, 2024 TUE’s, Anti-doping, and any other IVF required paperwork must be turned in
  • August 13-24 RACE!

World Distance 2023: Never Tell Me the Odds

A hot week of racing in Samoa filled with some jaw dropping action and finishing with a heart stopping V6 Open Men race. But First let’s start with Day 1 Race 2.

Waiolu Publico was the first Big Island Jr. paddler to test the waters in a V1. Live coverage primarily focused on the top 4 paddlers and crews, which made for some frustrating viewing but due to the large race course coverage was limited.

Live action with crowd participation on the live youtube comments.

Waiolu gave a good chase on the first lap only to get pulled from the course along with 2 other paddlers who didn’t make the time out limits for each lap. For those watching the stream it was unclear why some paddlers seemed to disappear, but to keep the races flowing quickly paddlers were kept to strict time limits

You can watch the replays from the live stream from Waiolu’s race here:

Results from all the events can be found on webscorer. Just search by race name an type in IVF.

That same day Race 3 had the Men’s V6 40 crews with Keahi and Tito for Team Hawai’i and Nik for Team Germany.

Men’s 40 Start

They paddled to an impressive 6th place only 9 seconds behind Tahiti and 6:40 behind 1st. Impressive finish for a crew that had to be pieced together quickly due to Lanikai dropping out and passport issues limiting crew members. And Germany finished 11th, 12:53 behind 1st place.

Mens 40 V6

Day 2 Race 3 were Men & Women J16 V6 with a Koyd crews in both races. The Men J16 finished 5th 14:12 behind first and the Women J16 crew finished 4th 14:41 behind first place. Catch the action here.

Men & Women J16 V6 Race

Day 3 had Ali’i in the V1 race 1 and it was a wild ride. The leading paddler from Tahiti had a huli by a reef and that set him back a couple of positions and Ali’i fought hard to gain ground on the leaders. In a wild finish Ali’i managed to out-surf the Tahitian paddler crossing the line 3rd by 0.009 seconds over 4th place. It was an amazing finish to watch. Check it out.

Men’s J19 V1 Race

The Heart Stopper

The last race of the week is the mens open division and Jose was paddling with Team Hawai’i along with Chase, Trey, Avans, Jack, and Keakua.

Boat wake through the start line caused some issues and maybe collisions

The camera crews focused primarily on the top 4 teams and Tahiti and New Zealand looked unstoppable. They hammered out to the front early. But there was some action in the mid-field as Hawai’i began to slowly pull up and pass crews in the large chop and spray.

By the end of the 2nd lap they had moved into 3rd when they pulled an amazing move to push out New Zealand at the turning mark.

Avans forces themselves inside of New Zealand moving into 2nd

Tahiti still had a sizable lead, but there was a full lap to go and it was a full on battle. The video was amazing to watch from start to finish but here’s the spoilers.

In an unbelievable push, Hawai’i kept gaining on Tahiti. Then the Tahitian stroker had a massive cramp approaching the finish line. He looked like he might have been suffering from a heart attack he was incapacitated but you can see in this still as Hawai’i pulled up next to them he’s trying to recover (Red Jersey) and keep his team in the game. He fought hard to keep paddling and was in obvious pain.

Team Hawai’i had speed and desire and in the end put a 28 second gap on them to win gold from a massive deficit off the start. The odds won’t be spoken.

Putting it all on the line to become world champs.

If you do one thing, take some time to watch this race. It’s better than any Superbowl.

There were a lot of other great paddlers out there and Hawai’i teams that placed high, including more 1st places. Browse through the results pages and see how strongly they finished in a world class event.


Miloli’i and World Distance

Saturday’s race was 9 miles in beautiful weather. There were 2 crews from Keaukaha an open mix and open women’s crew. Due to our trailer missing some padding and the difficulty of towing down the steep hill, we were lucky to be able to borrow a couple of canoes

The open mix placed 18th over all and 3rd in their division! and open women were 30th over all and 6th in their division.

Open Women – Mix Plate Crew, ages 32 to 68 in the “Ohana Wa’a”
Open Mix Crew Hammahs

Great job paddlers!

You know who was there too!

IVF World Distance 2023 Live Stream

Two races today – Sunday! Wai’olu V1 and 40’s V6. Keahi and Tito are paddling in 40’s together taking the place of Lanikai’s crew who were unable to attend. And Nik Dahm who is paddling with the German team in both Open and 40’s V6 events.



Schedule and Events:

Samoa is 1 day ahead of us and then 1 hour behind.

Sunday Hawai’i time:

  • 12:15pm Wai’olu V1 – 10 miles
  • 2:30 pm 40’s V6 – Keahi & Tito (Hawaii), Nik Dahm (Germany) – 15 miles


  • 2:30 pm Both Girls and Boys 16, 6 man – 10 miles


  • 8:30 am Ali’i V1 – 10 miles


  • 2:30 pm Nik Dahm (Germany) & Jose (Team Oceania}- Open 6 man – 15 miles

Time Out

A surprise to many racers is there’s a hard time limit on your first lap. If you are beyond that time, they pull you off the course and don’t allow you to complete the full circuit, even if you’re doing well against the paddlers around you. During the first couple V1 races many paddlers were pulled from the course. While this is less likely to happen to the faster V6 teams, it’s a disappointment for those who don’t get to complete the course.


AAAA all the way

It’s not a type of battery. Enter the States Regatta with more than 20 qualified crews and you’ll find yourself in the top division. With 21 crews qualifying for the first time ever, we joined the battle with Puna against the big ‘Oahu and Maui clubs.

At the halfway mark Keaukaha was in 4th ahead of 3 other clubs and only a few points behind 3rd. Then we hit our dead zone with 5 empty races followed by 3 more empty races. This allowed other clubs to keep climbing and create a gap.

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AAAA Division Points throughout the day

The bigger picture is we had more points than 50 clubs and we finished in the top 5. In the AAAA we beat 2 clubs with significantly more crews racing: Manu O Ke Kai had 35 events and Kailua Canoe Club had 29 events to our 21.

The battle for the top was also very heated with Hawaiian Canoe Club who was strong all day long got slowly edged out in the adult events with only a 3 point separation at the end of the day.

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Top 3 divisions by Number of Qualifying Events

Compare this to AAA which is 20 events. We had just 1 more event than AAA, but pulled in 64 more points than the first and second place AAA clubs (226 vs 162).


Primarily powered by the kids, our medal count was impressive. And all our crews placed high, even if not on the podium.

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Medal Totals

Ranked by number Golds, then Silver then Bronze we were #3. In totals we were #4. This puts us at #3 right behind the biggest 2 clubs in Hawai’i and ahead of many other larger clubs. So while we might not have had as many points or events, we ran a strong game in every event.


Special mention needs to go to our very own George Thomas. He was the oldest hammah in the entire regatta racing in the 70’s crew at 85.

Crews Dues

We couldn’t have gotten into AAAA without the help of all the club paddlers who paid their dues in training hard and racing hard all season. There were ups and downs and mistakes that were made, but if we stick together and try to work out problems we’ll understand each other better and come out stronger together even if the process can be messy at times.

Remember the first time each of us dipped our paddles into the water it wasn’t pretty; I proudly held my paddle backwards. It takes a lot of training and practice to paddle well even more to paddle well together.


Full regatta results can be found here:

Impressive podium finishes:

  • 1st Boys 12
  • 3rd Mixed Boys and Girls 12
  • 1st Girls 15
  • 3rd Boys 16 and under
  • 1st Boys 18 and under
  • 2nd Mixed Boys and Girls 18 and under
  • 2nd Mens Junior

Hard Work

Thanks to the Novice Men who manned the food sales as well as Kwai and Corrina who made it all possible. Thanks to coaches who always tried to keep the wheels turning smoothly in their many hours of working and planning. Thanks to everyone who donated items, time and money. Thanks to all the volunteers to setup, tear down, clean up, held boats and cheered everyone on.

With World Sprints coming to Hilo next year, 2024 is going to be an amazing time to be a paddler. We’ll see some of the best in the world battle it out in our bay. Keep training and let’s show them what can do.

2024 Team Jersey

The men’s 40 crew were happy to give the paddling community a sneak peak at our 2024 jersey. They definitely caught the crowds attention.

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2024 Jersey – Choice of Red or Blue – only available in button up with cut sleeves