Kai 'Opua is a member of the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association and the Moku O Hawai'i Outrigger Canoe Racing Association.
The purpose of Moku O Hawai'i is threefold:
Kai 'Opua welcomes paddlers of all ages and experience levels. If you are an
experienced paddler, we also offer a spirited yet friendly setting to help perfect your technique and satisfy your competitive drive.
- to encourage, maintain and perpetuate authentic Hawai'ian canoe racing, and to foster the preservation of the Hawai'ian koa canoe and its components of hawai'ian woods in the State of Hawai'i, and participate nationally and/or internationally whenever possible.
- promote and encourage community participation in canoe racing activities.
- provide education services and opportunities to the community in regards to Hawai'ian canoe culture.
Practice for the season usually begins in March/April, with the Regatta season lasting from May through July. See our practice schedule below for practice dates and times.
If you are interested in a wonderful island sport and have questions, please fell free to contact us via email or come visit us,
we are located at Kamakahonu Beach next to the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel.
Practice Schedule - March through August (last Updated March 2019)
Novice Y - co-ed 8 - 11, start Tuesday, March 26 at 4 pm - Jo Ma and Jim Fairhurst.
Monday, Wednesday and alternate Fridays:
Girls - 15, 16 and 18 under Tiffany Stegehuis at 4 pm
Women - Novice B - 4:30 pm - head women coach Mel Kelekolio, Maile Leslie & Amy Young
Women's Program and Novice A - on the water by 5:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday and alternate Fridays:
Girls 12,13,14 under coach Kaho'okahi Kanuha - 4pm
Boys 12,13,14 under coach Lori Nakagawa - 4pm
Boys 15, 16, 18 under coach RJ Demello-Crampton - 4pm
Men - NB under Thiebert Lussia'a, TBA on the time.
Men's Program - March 19 - on the water 5:15 - 5:30 pm
"Mixed Maintenance" - September through March
Kai Opua is currently not offering Mixed Maintenance at this time. Please check back if this should happen to change.