Lahaina Canoe Club was the first canoe club founded on the Westside of Maui back in 1971 by founding committee heads George Paoa, chairman, Sam Kaai vice chairman, Bob McDonald treasurer and Barbara Long secretary.
They started the club with a focus on “developing community-wide cooperation and participation in a true Hawaiian sport” and “encouraging Lahaina’s youth to train and compete in a sport that requires individual stamina, coordination and precision teamwork.”
Lahaina Canoe Club is one of the smallest and tightest-knit canoe clubs on Maui today. LCC is committed to producing competitive race crews for kid and adult divisions as well promoting community outreach programs.
LCC has perpetuated these main goals by recently building an ocean awareness summer camp for kids called Camp Kuleana. We also further our community outreach by participating in Maui Cultural Lands Hoonokawai Valley Restoration project and we are always looking for new ways to involve our members in enhancing our community.
On the competitive front we have also meddled at states as recently as 2011 with a gold medal in the Master Men’s division.
Lahaina Canoe Clubs main focused is to become known for our keiki and community outreach programs. Some of our long term goals include qualifying at least 2 keiki and 2 adult division crews every year for the Hawaiian State Championship Regatta Race and producing quality long distance crews.