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  Updated: 8/19/2019


Kihei Canoe Club was established in 1973 by Moki Kalanikau, Ben Abierra, and George Ferreiera and is one of the 4 oldest canoe clubs on Maui. Our first coach was Dutchy Kino who led us to county titles in 1976, 1978 and 1979. Dutchy's innovations and contributions to outrigger canoe paddling made him legendary in the sport.

Expanding from those early days, we now have over 20 canoes, over 300 members and several coaches. We continue to be one of the most innovative clubs in Hawaii. We have strong programs for Na Opio (youth), racers and recreational paddlers - all steeped in Hawaiian tradition and culture. We offer many educational opportunities including - stroke technique in our training tank and on the water, classes for ho`okele (steersman) and strokers, paddle making, Hawaiian navigation techniques and much more.

Canoes lined up for the Paddlers Open
Explore our website and learn more about our club and it's programs. Join us for a enjoyable introduction to outrigger canoe paddling with our members during our bi-weekly visitor paddle. Regardless of whether you are a full or part time resident, become a club member and enjoy the beauty and camaraderie of paddling. We look forward to seeing you at our club.

Mahalo and A Hui Hou

Mission Statement

The mission of Kihei Canoe Club is to revive, develop, perpetuate and promote the Hawaiian traditions. This will be accomplished through educational, recreational, cultural and competitive Hawaiian outrigger canoeing programs for youth and adults, in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment


To have our ohana be recognized as a world class canoe club, by promoting the Hawaiian culture, traditions and the development of our youth as future leaders.

Kihei Canoe Club • P.O. Box 1131 Kihei, HI 96753 • 808-879-5505