OC1 Races and OC6 Underway

Some old business first: OC1 Races


On April 24, 2021 HIPA held the Yamagata Challenge. A long race but this year there was a short course (10) and a long course race (14). We had paddlers in both courses and it was a great finish to the HIPA race series. Good job guys!

  • Long: Jose, Jeff
  • Short: Keahi, Grant & Kawai, Greg, Niau (V1-Jr.), Eha (V1-Jr.) Brandi, O-shen Kawaihae (V1. Jr), Dalilah Martin (V1. Jr), Jason, Cother-McKeague La’a (V1 Jr), Malakai Laititi (V1 Jr.), Waiolukea Publico (V1 Jr.), Kwai-Chang, Tanoa Latiti (V1 Jr), Tanoa Latiti (V1 Jr)

Keokea Invitational

Due to Covid and the small launching point, only paddlers invited to do the Keokea run were able to race this 11 mile course which finished at the old Coast Guard Station with paddlers continuing another 3 miles to Kapa’a to haul out in the surf and rocks. This is a race around the northern tip of Big Island were strong currents and wild winds meet. Once you start, you’re committed as there are no places on shore to stop.

Some of the big name paddlers came out to race. Our Keaukaha guys did an awesome job of chasing them down.

  • Keokea Hammahs: Jose, Kama, Keahi

Aloha Unlimited Productions “Dash For Cache”

This was a unique downwind, heat style race with top winners walking away with $500. (Sorry about the formatting, keep scrolling down past the videos for more OC6 info)

OC6: Aloha Unlimited Kohala Coastline Race

Kohala Coastline is back in 2021. Teams of 18 from Kiholo to Kawaihae in unlimited canoes. Follow their facebook page for updates.

OC6: Practice and Scrimmage Races

Members have been putting crews together and organizing their canoes and being Corona Virus safe. And just in time for Kai O’pua’s 6-man fun race series. This race series is free (donations accepted) and they provide canoes. The divisions are created by adding up the ages of all your crew members. Total ages are used to divide up results. So grab your 300 year old steersman and go! Did I mention it’s free and they are providing canoes?

Here’s Kai O’pua’s flyer for the event starting tomorrow, May 22 to July 31 and to sign up visit here.


Art Extension And Start May Racing – Win a Paddle

April Art Show Extended to May 15

We’ve extended the April Art Show to May 15 because we understand you can’t just turn creativity on. So show us what you’ve got. Here’s a sample of some submissions.

Help, my banana tree is sick – Tree
Anthurium – Heart

New Event – May Racing

Starting today, May 1, we are having a series of 4 different time trial races. You can pick and choose which course you want to do and when. You can also pick a fake name (or several) and submit as much race results as you can (or delete your slower times as you go).

Lots of Prizes!

The main price will be randomly chosen from those completing all 4 courses: A donated hybrid paddle cut to the winner’s desired length from HI. Pressure thanks to Keola and Eric.

Top 5 Men and Top 5 Women also get prices, but you’ve got to complete all 4 courses to qualify! Login and get to racing! (After logging in look for the May Racing link or menu Events->May Racing.)

The courses are all inside the bay and use landmarks so no GPS needed or worries about conditions outside the wall. Just bring a watch and huki!


Prize Winners!

March Madness Awards

After we logged nearly 1100 miles here’s the final standings.

If you want to reveal your identity just login first and go to Events->March Madness and there is a checkbox and a button to turn off your privacy so others can see who they were chasing.

Prizes Already!

Yeah yeah a little late but here are our drawing winners:

  • Prize #1 Aloha splash bag – Major Tom
  • Prize #2: Snack basket – Leinoaikealohaaina
  • Prize #3: Dakine straps – Aaron Norris
  • Prize #4: Magpul dry bag – Uphill Stride
  • Prize #5: Hydroflask can cooler – N8
  • Prize #6: Keaukaha jersey 1 – DLV
  • Prize #7: Keaukaha jersey 2 – #2

Contact Kanoe via the Contact Page to get your goodies or track her down on the beach.

April Art Prizes

In case you’ve missed some of the master pieces of GPS spaghetti work, take a look the gallery by logging on and going to Events->April Art Show. If you’re inspired pick a theme (Bunny: Easter, Tree: Earth Day, Heart or Paddle) and upload your art.

Prizes for Artwork:

  • Kamanu hat
  • Tie straps
  • Kamanu leash
  • Hulislem polarized sunglasses
  • 2 phone bags

See the April Art Show page for photos of the prizes.

May Event

May’s events will be announced soon but we plan to have a bigger prize as well as a grand prize for the series of events! Stay Tuned….


Madness Ends and April Art Begins

The club reached an impressive 1099.76 miles logged for March, and that’s not including all the people who didn’t log their miles. The top 4 paddlers logged over half of the 1000 miles alone.

Reveal Your Madness

If you participated in the event you’ll know there was a lot of guessing about who was who. Participants can now choose to reveal themselves if they wish. Go to the March Madness page and at the top you’ll see a new option to allow you to display your name in place of the (Private) label that is in the table now. Only people who members of our site can view the the non-private version of the this table, so it’s still not exactly public.

One final note on March Madness. It was interesting to see how consistent some paddlers were with their training. The more consistant you were the more ramp shaped the mileage gain. Here’s the final composite graph and you can see top 3 “Umi Umi Kea”, “PHP” and “#2” had pretty nice shaped ramps meaning they trained in regular intervals.


The prices will be drawn and winners announced soon! Also the prices for the next event will be announced very shortly too. Read on.

April Art Show Is Open

Our latest event will focus more on your mind than your ability to hammer out a ton of miles. This is a test of your navigation and creative skills. We’ve given you 4 subjects to choose from and you, your canoe and your GPS will do the best to try to express your artistic skills.

This month your challenge is to create works of art on the water with your GPS tracks. The subjects you can choose from include: Bunny, Tree, Paddle and a Heart. There’s no limits. You can upload as many “attempts” or as few as you want. Participants automatically get entered in the prize pool and your artwork will be on display for members to enjoy.

Just like the last competition you can use a nickname and you can edit your own log as needed. There might be a few bugs early on as no one has really tested the code out much, so if you run into problems contact us and let us know.

You will need the ability to upload a screen shot of your GPS track. Android and iPhones can easily take screen shots for you. Here’s iPhone instructions and here’s how to do it on android.

Prizes are not based on subjective art quality, but randomized again for participants. When we have a full list of prizes and photos we will post them!

You must login to view club events and participate:


Final Days of Madness and EHC Results

The East Hawai’i Challenge race took place on Saturday and we are moving into the final days of March Madness.

March Madness Winding Down

Week 4 saw some new entries an some more shuffling on the leader board. Umi Umi Kea seems to have #1 locked in nearing a massive 150 miles! PHP is within striking distance only 7 miles behind. And ironically named #2 is still seeking their namesake, but stuck at #3 about 18 miles behind PHP. Oshun Addictshun almost 35 miles behind the leader and 11 behind #2. And in 5th we have Juan Barrientos who must be having a slow month of car sales as recent gains puts them in the #5 spot. What will the final days bring? Will there be be some last minute Herculean efforts to jump spots?

March Madness 3/28 Snapshot

Club miles padded total: 919.08. Lets break 1000!

East Hawai’i Challenge Race

Two courses were set and in classic EHC style they were long. The short course ran about 7 miles and the long course was about 10. The weather presented a “Kona-Style” beginning with a “Hilo-Style” finish. Short course racers lined the shore for a one foot on the sand start in hot calm weather. Their route was out the break wall, right to Onekahakaha and back with a quarter mile sprint along the beach to the finish.

Once the short course paddlers reached the tip of the wall the long course racers set out behind them. They had a similar course but out to Waiuli (Richardson’s Beach) and back.

The weather slowly switched from the Kona-like hot and flat to a light easterly breeze which slowly built. By the time the long course boats had reached the turning point a slight wind chop had started to form. While not a downwind sleigh ride, there were bumps to surf and a breeze to help push. The only downside was the easterly also meant the final 1/4 sprint up the beach to the finish was an arm burning upwind leg.

And naturally to close out the end of the race, a rain squall rolled in and dropped the temperature dramatically. Keaukaha paddlers represented well on all the courses with Jose the unchallenged long course leader with an amazing 3 minute lead. Honorable mention goes to Ali’i Youderian a Junior on the short course with a similar impressive 3 minute lead over the pack.

  • Long: Jose, Keahi, Eric, Jeff
  • Short: Grant & Kawai, Nahiena & Ryan “Kawika” Kekuawela, Greg, Kanoe, Lewis Fleishour (V1 Jr.), Brandi, Eha Kiyuna (V1 Jr.), Niau Paulos (V1 Jr.), Dalilah Martin (V1. Jr), Kwai-Chang, Kaui, Rena, Malakai Laititi (V1 Jr.), Cother-McKeague La’a (V1 Jr), Corrina, Waiolukea Publico (V1 Jr.), Tanoa Latiti (V1 Jr)

Over 650 miles and Kuuipo Race Results

March Madness: Week 3

Wow! Week 3 and our club has logged 672.16 miles! Umi Umi Kea remains #1 on the leader board. But we have a new challenger on the scene: PHP. It’s a good guess that PHP stands for a type of paddling style, probably something involving power and houses. Both of those two leaders haven’t logged many miles for the past week yet remain at the top. Most likely there are more miles to come from those two. Here’s how things look this morning:

Week 3 snapshot of results

It’s certain we’ll set some position shifts as people update their paddling logs and we’re seeing more shuffling on the leader board as positions 2,3 and 4 are tight. Juan made some gains and a few new players enter the game like Boneless Chicken, Olamon, Major Tom, Jake and Leinoaikealohaaina are adding miles.

Kuuipo Race Results

Keaukaha and KOYD paddlers made a great showing at the Keauhou Kuuipo Races on Saturday the 20th. The weather was calm and hot in spite of the high surf warnings and high wind advisories all around the state. Mauna Loa made a little pocket of clear skies and flat water. Some paddlers opted to skip the races in pursuit of more aggressive paddling conditions. But those who raced “enjoyed” the light south wind and north flowing current. The long course was 9 miles one way route and they got to enjoy the paddle upwind and up current whereas the short course got a little of both as they went south then north for about a 6.4 mile round trip.

Lots of junior paddlers out on the course thanks to Keahi borrowing Jun’s (from Hulakai) troop transporter able to carry lots of kids and canoes. Good job to all the paddlers out on the course!

  • Long: Jose, Eric, Keola, Jeff
  • Short: Keahi, Greg, Lewis Fleishour (V1 Jr. error in race category, no OC1), Eha Kiyuna (OC1 Jr. error in race category, not V1), Brandy, Niau Paulos (V1 Jr.), O-shen Kawaihae (OC1 Jr.), Dalilah Martin (V1 Jr.), Cother-McKeague La’a (V1 Jr.), Malakai Laititi (V1 Jr.), Nahiena Kekuawela (V1 Jr. error in race category, not 70+), Tanoa Laititi (V1 Jr.)

Can You Catch Umi Umi Kea?

First let’s talk MADNESS then donations raised by the Kaipalaoa Races.

Week 2 March MADNESS

March Madness is in full swing and in case you forgot: Prizes are not based on the miles you paddle, but if you don’t enter you don’t win. Login and see the prizes and enter your miles to qualify for the random drawing!

We’ve had more people join and a new top leader jump in the mix. Umi Umi Kea is in the lead, followed by Oshun Addictshun and #2 is in the #3 position. Batman is flying up the leader board, and you’d think with all this crazy weather Guy Hagi wouldn’t have time to keep up with Juan Barrientos, but they’re tied. Keep paddling! DLV, LXV and 012474 (Jan. 24th 1974?) are coming!

Over 295 miles padded by club members so far this month!

Results from Morning of March 13 (not live). Login to see the latest results.

I’m sure we’ll have some more surprises now that this past week of flooding is subsiding and the chocolate waters slowly clear out.

And to you mad paddlers out there paddling: no prizes if you don’t enter! You can enter your miles for any day in March so keep a log and update your online progress. Any questions contact us.

Want to track your miles electronically? Just grab an old cell phone with a GPS and put it in a waterproof bag/case with a tether (the old phone doesn’t even need service to work on wifi or GPS). Free apps like Relive will do the heavy lifting for you. Or pick up a used GPS watch off ebay for about $50.

Kaipalaoa Races Final Donation Totals

A big mahalo to Kwai-Chang and Corrina from So Juicy Hawaii for setting up and running the Kaipalaoa Races here in Hilo as the final totals roll in there was $882 donated by paddlers to support OSMD Hawai’i Foundation and their efforts to get people with muscular disease active again.

Also thanks to the other Keaukaha paddlers from the HUIA Surf Crew who helped with a lot of logistic work to run the race. Lots of people kicked in to help and we had lots of raffle winners. We even had one of the escort boats donate their costs and that went to OSMD too.

Next years race we’ll all be Corona Virus free and we’ll have a bigger race a little later in the season with fewer whales and more parties!


March MADNESS Begins

2021 OC Club Events

In lieu of the OC-6 season that may or may not happen (again) this year, the club is hosting an alternative 2021 OC-1 paddling program that will consist of monthly events or challenges that Keaukaha members may participate in. The Keaukaha 2021 OC-1 Series will run from March-October and will be open to current Keaukaha CC members ONLYThis means that members must register with KCC, sign their HCRA waiver, and pay their annual KCC dues of $100 prior to participating in any of the eventsKeiki 17 and under will not be charged dues but must still have their KCC registration and HCRA waivers completed. If you want to join in the fun contact us and request a website account and we’ll set you up.

We hope that this program will be something we all can look forward to that will encourage our members to stay active on the water, to keep healthy and follow physical distancing rules, have lots of fun, and even win some cool prizes!


We’re kicking off the Keaukaha 2021 OC-1 Series with our first event: March Madness. How many miles can you paddle in a month?! Keep track of all the miles you’ve hammered throughout the month of March. Entries must be submitted through the Keaukaha CC March MADNESS page (you must login first) where you’ll be able to enter your miles, track your monthly total, and see how you measure up with other club members on the leaderboard.

Don’t worry if you’re shy, you can choose to use a different public name and change it whenever you want. If you don’t have a GPS to track your miles, no problem! Take a look at the pre-measured courses on the bottom of the March Madness page to help determine your distances paddled.

Once you submit an entry (as well as for each event thereafter), you’ll be entered into the drawing for the prizes of the month. Monthly prizes will also be displayed on the KCC website.

The current and upcoming month’s event details will be posted on the KCC website. An e-mail will also be sent out a week prior containing the next month’s event details. Prize winners will be notified by e-mail.

We hope you enjoy the Keaukaha 2021 OC-1 Event Series! If you have any questions or concerns, you may direct them to Kanoe (Malani) Lee Loy via the contact page.