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 Marathonas well as KCC res and activities.
Recreational Paddling Schedule: Tuesdays,Thursdays & Saturdays @ 6:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. Visitors and guests should come at 6:15 and 7:30. (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. 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. Donations are cheerfully accepted.
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: the first session organizes at 6:30, second session at 7:45. 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.
*We continue to seek another hull to give us two permanent double hulls.
KCC County Commendation recipients
Click for video of Paul's Paddling Lesson
A good explanation of the paddling basics by our own Paul Aguirre, coach and VP.
KCC placed fifth in the AAA Division in the 2013 HCRA State Championships for 13-20 crew entries. Makani Kai, the racing koa, continues to be the winningest gold medal canoe at state race. Over the past nine years we have produced four division wins at the Big Island Championships 15 clubs); six state championships in A, AA, AAA at the HCRA State Regatta Championship (75 clubs); gold, silver, and bronze medals at the 2012 IVF World Championships (international competition) 60's Women 2 silver and 70's women 3 silver and 1 bronze; Patti Eames an individual gold. Division medals in the 2013 Moloka'i Hoe (international 98 men crews--4th open and top Hawaii crew racing as Mellow Johnny; numerous long distance Big Island medals culminating in the 2013 Queen Liliuokalani World's Largest Long Distance Canoe Race(1st Men Overall OC-6 finisher in our koa canoe, Makani Kai (123 men crews and 133 women crews); Open Men racing as Mellow Johnny won Catalina North American Championship (48 canoes) at 30 miles, Pailolo Challenge Maui to Molokai (25 miles); 40+ Men won their age group at Henry Ayau Oahu race at 25 miles .
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 2013. Keauhou Canoe Club is proud to announce our two 2014 $1000 scholarship recipients of the James R. Rogers Academic and the Mike Haines Merit Achievement scholarships. Grant Nair is the first Keauhou Canoe Club James R. Rogers Academic Scholarship recipient from Parker School in Waimea. Grant’s academic scholarship credentials includes a senior year GPA over 4.42 and National Honor Society. Grant was also the freshman, sophomore, and junior class president as well as student body president in his senior year. He played several varsity sports including paddling, was involved in student council, local food drives & Habitat for Humanity. He will attend Ohio State University and pursue a career in engineering. Reid Daugherty received the Mike Haines Merit Achievement Scholarship at Konawaena High School. Reid was actively involved in Boy Scouts (his Eagle Scout project was renovation of the high school rifle range), Civil Air Patrol, JROTC, student government, and athletics. Reid paddled for KCC as a club member and the Konawaena high school team. Reid will attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa in meteorology and pursue a career as an Air Force pilot. He was also awarded one of the prestigious ROTC full-boat ride scholarships (out of 9000 national applicants). Coincidentally, Ryan Daugherty, our very first KCC scholarship recipient, is Reid’s older brother who went on to earn a degree in engineering and now works for Boeing. Congratulations to each of these fine young men 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.