As the ancient Hawaiians believed, a strong wall is built one stone at a time. Each pohaku (stone) has a different purpose, to fortify the base or create leverage for other stones. Our programs are much like these stones, each fulfilling a different job but all playing a part in the mission and ultimate goals initially established by our kupuna.
Our Kamalii Program is the heart of HCC, it is for our children that we have purpose. Through this program, our youth are able to experience paddling with a strong focus on Hawaiian culture and values. They are able to embark on paddling adventures to Lana’i, Kaho’olawe, and Moloka’i, and much more. Additionally, we have partnered with other non-profit organizations to provide educational and recreational services at our hale. These experiences help our keiki learn respect for themselves and our community.
Let’s have fun! All work and no play makes a very dull student they say! Regattas are very special to us as it is a day where young and old, 6 year old keiki to 60 year old tutus gather for a day of racing that starts at 8:00 in the morning and completes in the late afternoon. Food and festivities also accompany regattas, and fun is had by all.
Competition is fierce, and as we push ourselves physically and mentally we learn a great deal about ourselves and our kupuna. Hawaiian Canoe Club has been fortunate to bring home the gold in both Maui and State Regattas, with a total of 8 state championships. We are humbled to have been able to represent Maui as a state Champion for those years.
For many paddlers long distance training and competition is what drives them and is a big part of their life. Around Maui, in Kona, from Maui to Molokai, and Molokai to Oahu, distance season is about endurance, teamwork, and physical and mental strength and stamina. The rewards of distance racing are well worth the challenge!
For those who want to be out on the water but prefer not to compete, we have a recreational paddling program available as well. Join our recreational paddling ohana, and partake in the comradery, passion, and exercise it provides.