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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our youth program has been suspended until further notice. Please check back here to see when we are able to offer it again.  Mahalo for your understanding.

Paddling Season runs from April 1 to July 31, 2020.

Practice times are:
  • 11 to 18 years old (Na Opio), Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:00-5:00pm, Saturday 7:00-9:00am
  • 8 to 10 years old (aka Manini) will start on April 27, 2020 with practice on Monday and Wednesday 3:00-5:00pm
  • After May 29, 2020, all practice times will shift to 9:00-11:00am
The mission of the Na Opio 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 youth learn proper paddling technique, physical fitness and water safety. The season runs from the months of April through August, All paddlers compete in the Maui Canoe Racing Association's weekly regattas every Saturday morning in June and July. The top paddlers then compete at the Hawaii Canoe Racing Association's State Regatta in August. For more information, contact Coach Vanessa Weiss

Kihei Canoe Club proudly supports our youth with the Na'auao I Na Opi'o O Maui Culture and Racing Program, as well as hosting and sponsoring Maui High School and Kihei Charter High School for the Maui Interscholastic League's Paddling Program.

Dues: $50 (includes rash guard)

Please bring all completed forms (2020 KCC Na Opio Application, 2020 KCC Waiver, 2020 HCRA Waiver), along with a photocopy of your child's birth certificate to the first practice. 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.

Learn the Culture

Na Opio Cultural Enrichment Program (included in the cost of the paddling program) Fridays from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. Our Na Opio understand and practice these basic Hawaiian principles:
  • 'Imi Loa - to seek their path, their roles & responsibilities
  • 'Imi 'Ike - to seek knowledge
  • Na 'au Pono - to nurture a deep sense of justice
  • Lokahi - working together
  • Lokomaika'i - to share with each other
  • Malama - to care for each other
  • Ola kino maika'i - to live healthy
We want the children to see that cultural practices and values are still relevant in today's modern world. The youth will learn the culture and history of paddling, along with Hawaiian chants, hula, haka and appropriate protocol. They will learn relevant Hawaiian terms, make Hawaiian tools and visit cultural sites on the island. They will have the opportunity to visit the Mo`okiha O Pi`ilani sailing canoe, see Ulalena, work in a lo`i and other cultural experiences.

Have FUN

Along with paddling competitively and learning our culture, our youth are able to learn and still have an amazing time. Our activities include camping, voyaging to neighboring islands, and participating in fun community events. At the end of the season, it is always amazing to see the bonds that are created and the ohana that continue to grow.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs featured our program in its July 2011 Ka Wai Ola newspaper. Entitled "Cultural pride - Kïhei Canoe Club youths ride the waves to cultural enlightenment", you can read the article on line here and viewing pages 16-17.

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