Visitor Paddling ProgramVisitors and Maui residents
often ask about paddling when they see our bright red and gold wa`a's (canoes)
in the waters off Kihei, Wailea, Makena and Maalaea. In answer, we offer a
visitor paddling program which includes an introduction to Hawaiian Culture,
instruction in outrigger canoe paddling, and discussion of the local sea life.
Paddling sessions usually begin with E Ala E, a traditional chant to welcome
the rising sun. This is followed by paddling instruction. Canoes launch about
8:00am and return approximately 9:00am. Depending on conditions, we may paddle
to an outer reef to see large sea turtles, venture out to observe whales or
head north toward Kealia Pond and Sugar Beach. After returning we end the
program with a Mahalo chant to give thanks to the land, the sea and to Hawaiian
deities such as na kupuna (ancestors) and na aumakua (family gods.)
Green sea turtles (honu) abound in close proximity to the club and
paddlers are very likely to see them up close. Theres also a chance to
see dolphins and large rays. The biggest thrill comes during whale (kohala)
season (December-April) when we encounter these gigantic creatures. We make no
promises, but we see whales most days in February and March. We are extremely
careful to respect the creatures who inhabit these waters, creatures recognized
by the Hawaiians as family gods, the living embodiment of their
The visitor program is offered on Tuesday and Thursday year
round, conditions permitting. Adults and children over the age of 9 are welcome
to paddle with experienced club members in single or double hull outrigger
canoes. We do not take reservations, so plan to be at the club early. Sign-in
begins at 7:00am. This is a very popular activity and is strictly first-come,
first-served. No previous experience required.
A tax deductible
donation of $40 per adult is suggested and is used to support the various
education and paddling programs the club offers.
We will provide you a
paddle if needed and a place to store your car keys. Wear a bathing suit and
bring a towel for after the paddle. Remember to bring your camera to capture
the beauty of Maui in the early morning. While you may not be in the water,
objects in the canoes may get wet so do not bring anything in the canoe that is
not water proof.
- KCC Members - KCC members are encouraged to bring
one guest per month to visitor paddle sessions. The Club member must be present
at guest sign-in. Donation of $40 per person is suggested for additional
- Maui Residents - Any Maui resident is invited to
enjoy 1-2 visitor paddle sessions as guests of KCC.
- Other Outrigger Canoe Club Members - If you are an
experienced, active member of another outrigger canoe club, you may join KCC
members during any scheduled recreational
paddling session, subject to available space. Suggested donation is $40 for
first paddle, nominal donation for additional paddling days. See the ho`okele
(steersman) on the these days for more information.
Visitors learn E Ala E chant
single hull wa`a launches with visitors
sea turtle (honu) swims under our wa`a