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Paddling Season runs from April 1 to July 31, 2024.

Practice times, subject to change, are basically:

April and May
  • 11 to 18 years old (Juniors), Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 3:00-5:00pm
  • Saturday 7:00-10-:30am for Regattas in June/July and special coaching clinics
May only
  • 6-10 years old (aka Maninis) will practice on Wednesday only 3:00-4:30pm
  • All practice times will shift to 9:00-11:00am for Summer month and meet on the same days as above.
The mission of the Junior racing program is to provide a well balanced, competitive sports and cultural program that will teach, develop and nurture the youth of Kihei Canoe Club.

The Juniors/Maninins will learn proper paddling technique, physical fitness and water safety. The season runs from the months of April through August. In addition of the Regatta Season, Kihei CC also encourages the older divisions to participate in Pre and Post Season Long Distance races.

All paddlers compete in the Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association's (MCHCA) weekly regattas every Saturday morning in June and July. The top paddlers then compete at the Hawaii Canoe Racing Association's (HCRA) State Regatta in August.

For more information, contact Coach Vanessa Weiss
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Dues: $50 (includes one race jersey)
Paddles are supplied for practice and racing, although Manu Juniors end up purchasing their own.

For the First Practice:
Parents or Guardians will need to 
  1. fill out 2 waivers for participation
  2. complete an information form for communication between coaches and family
  3. provide a photocopy of your child's birth certificate to verify age of competition
  4. $50.00 due to Kihei Canoe Club, cash or check
  5. coaches will be taking a face picture for their racing ID's
Paddlers are expected to make a commitment to the program by attending practice on a regular basis, and attending all regatta races during the summer season.

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Learn the Culture

We want the children to see that cultural practices and values are still relevant in today's modern world. Kihei youths will learn the culture and history of paddling, along with Hawaiian chants, hula, haka and appropriate protocols. They will learn relevant Hawaiian terms, and learn about sites on the island of Maui and around the state.

Imua Kihei Junior and Manini's!!!  


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