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Racing/Practice Information

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. promote and encourage community participation in canoe racing activities.
  3. provide education services and opportunities to the community in regards to Hawai'ian canoe culture.
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.

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

Coaches will be selected prior to March 1 race practice sessions, and their names posted.

Novice Y - co-ed 8 - 11, start Tuesday, March 27 at 4 pm .

Monday, Wednesday and alternate Fridays:
Girls - 15, 16 and 18 at 4 pm
Women - Novice B - 4:30 pm
Women's Program and Novice A - on the water by 5:30 pm

Tuesday, Thursday and alternate Fridays:
Girls 12,13,14 - 4pm
Boys 12,13,14 - 4pm
Boys 15, 16, 18 - 4pm
Men - NB, 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 offering Mixed Maintenance Monday & Thursday afternoons, on the water at 5:20 P.M.. Up to 36 paddlers will be allowed to practice each session.


Kai 'Opua Canoe Club welcomes donations from individuals, corporations, trade associations and others interested in our organization and community services. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations to the Kai 'Opua Canoe Club are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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