Recreational Program KCC has the strongest recreational program in the State of Hawai'i whose members enjoy non-competitive paddling several times a week. They also enthusiastically volunteer their support for diverse local community causes including GEMS, Ironman, Ultraman, Lavaman, Kona Marathon as well as KCC res and activities.
Recreational Paddling Schedule:
On Tuesdays,Thursdays & Saturdays visitors and new paddlers need to come at 6:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. for a safety briefing and to organize. Announcements for members and all at 6:30 and 7:30. We have paddles available for visitors. (Note: the last Thursday of every month is our potluck birthday breakfast, so no 8:00 a.m. paddle those days). All paddling opportunities depend on safe weather conditions and having club steersmen available. If no steersman--no paddle. If you have a group of 3 or more visitors, talk to a steersman in advance or contact us via email to make arrangements to paddle outside our normal program. If too many guests show up unannounced, we have too many paddlers, too few seats, and too much disappointment. The Mon, Wed, Fri. group organizes at 6:15 and is not for first timers. They do a more strenuous workout than the T, Th,S group. Youth under 13 must go in a double hull and wear a life vest unless racing.
The paddler loading process is managed by Steersmen/Captain and not on a "First come First serve" basis.
•No paddles are to be placed in the canoes to reserve seats.
•Keep your paddle in your hand while the Steersmen organize the crews. The Steersmen balance the crews by assessing the number of qualified steersmen, paddling experience, size, age, seniority, pleasant dispositions, swimmers, strength, balance of members and guests, endurance, and expected pace of the crews.
•The double hulls are organized first: If we have more than twelve paddlers who want to be in the double hull, the Steersmen will decide whether to double shift, try to move folks to single hull, or some other creative solution.
*Single hulls will be filled according to the individual steersman's same criteria as above. It is important to have as many full boats as possible--e.g. four 5 man hulls is preferable to three 6 man and a 2 man. That is why we do not load 6 mans first nor leave the bay until all hulls are on the water.
KCC County Commendation recipients
Click for video of Paul's Paddling LessonA good explanation of the paddling basics by our own Paul Aguirre, coach and VP.
Paddling with group on Big Island for wedding
In 2015 Keauhou placed second to Puna Canoe Club in the AAA Division in the HCRA State Championships. Makani Kai, our racing koa, placed second (7 gold medals won by Waikiki Beach Boys and KCC) in this year's gold medal race table compared to Hawaiian's 9 golds. Over the past eleven years we have produced seven state championships in A, AA, AAA at the HCRA State Regatta Championship (75 clubs); 2015 Queen Liliuokalani World's Largest Long Distance Canoe Race (1st place Overall/Open Men/glass; 1st place 40+Men Iron koa MOKU ama; 1st place Men Open Iron koa HCRA ama; 1st place 40+women Iron Koa MOKU ama; 2d place Keauhou/Kai Opua Iron Koa HCRA ama; 1st place Men 60+glass; 3rd place Open 9 Man glass): 2015 Moloka'i Hoe (Open Men 4th place overall/Highest Hawaiian Islands finisher; Men 40+ 1st place/19th overall): Pailolo Women 40+, 4th place overall:
Keauhou Canoe Club is located at Keauhou Bay, whose name means "a new beginning". The club was founded in 1980 as Kauikeaouli Canoe Club, named for the birthname of Kamehameha III who was born on the site.
The bay has long been used as a site for sport and recreation, from the mile long holua leading down to the bay to the big water surf break off the cliffs to the north of the bay.
MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Keauhou Canoe Club is to educate our youth, our membership, and the community at large about Hawaiian culture, values, and traditions and to promote competitive and recreational outrigger canoe paddling and other water sports in historic Keauhou Bay. Adopted by the Keauhou Canoe Board, October 2009
Keauhou Canoe Club Scholarships awarded $2000 in high school graduation scholarships in 2015.
Keauhou Canoe Club is proud to announce our two 2015 $1000 scholarship recipients. Reiko Ikeno of Konawaena High School received the James F. Rogers Academic Scholarship recipient Reiko's academic scholarship credentials includes a senior year GPA over 3.9 while competing in paddling and water polo. Student government, the Blood Bank, and Leadership round out her profile as an outstanding student. She will attend Portland State University as an undeclared major. Bethany Batangan from Konawaena High School received the Mike Haines Merit Achievement Scholarship. Bethany maintained a 3.7 GPA while taking Honors and AP classes and was a key member of the Leadership team. She organized the Blood Bank drive, many assemblies and motivational activities like "Feel Good Fridays." As captain of the paddling team she led the Varsity Mixed Paddling Crew to the BIIF Championship win and third place at state championship. She plans to attend Olympic College and major in business. Congratulations to each of these fine young women and KCC is proud to help them along on their academic journey.
Your tax deductible donations support these scholarship opportunities.
Very interesting history of our area.
Here is a link to a few Kohala Center productions. You can actually watch the shows on your computer via this link to their website.