Lahaina Canoe Club
President’s Note March 11, 2021
Due to the current status of the virus and it’s recovery in the United States, the 2021 Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association regatta season has been cancelled.
- At the root, it is a focus on community – the family structure of many paddlers on Maui is multi-generational and we do not wish to open the kupuna to risk because the keiki like paddle
- Large gatherings restrictions at a time when gathering is necessary most notably for traditional fundraisers and pre-season activities
- While a step in the right direction, the nation-wide vaccination rollout is incomplete and the threat of virus variants
- Family and financial considerations must take priority so as to prosper in 2021
Lahaina Canoe Club was the first canoe club founded on the Westside of Maui back in 1971 by founding committee heads George Paoa, Sam Kaai, Bob McDonald and Barbara Long. LCC is now a 501c3 ,nonprofit organization, located at Hanakao’o Beach Park (AKA: Canoe Beach, next to the Hyatt) in Lahaina on the island of Maui.
Our focus is on preserving the ancient Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. We continue to follow the founding members ideology of perpetuating these cultures by educating na keiki (kids) through proper technique of hoe wa’a (paddle canoe), ‘olelo Hawai’i (Hawaiian language), and community outreach programs.
Lahaina Canoe Club is a active member of the Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association and a associated club of the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association. We participate in the MCHCA regattas every Saturday from June to July with a total of 8 regattas every year. The season is finished off with the HCRA State Companionship.
Lahaina Canoe Club also participates in the long distance race season that starts after the HCRA State Companionship and includes local, national, and international races. Click here to see this years race schedule.
Lahaina Canoe Clubs members are as young as 8 years old and go up from there. Our main goals are to engage, promote, encourage participation, provide education and instruction in Hawaiian and Polynesian culture through hoe wa’a and other related activities on a local, national, and international level.
One of our most popular community outreach programs is assisting Maui Cultural Lands, Inc with their Honokowai Valley Restoration Project. Maui Cultural Lands primary goal is reforestation of the Honokowai Valley and the Ka’anapali area with native and endemic Hawaiian plant species. Click here for more information about Maui Cultural Lands, Inc.