About

Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club is a small-sized club with about 100 active members. Located in South Kona at beautiful Honaunau Bay, next to Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, we welcome new paddlers of any age to join us.

We are honored to paddle in some of the most pristine, splendid and sacred waters in all of Hawai‘i. Our fleet of canoes includes practice boats, racers, and three custom-built koa canoes, Honaunau, our first koa,  Ka’ahumanu, an HCRA-approved racing koa and a seasoned veteran of several Moloka’i channel races – the Moloka‘i Hoe and Na Wahine O Ke Kai, and our newest Koa racer, Ale’ale’a.

Many club members also participate in the OC1/2 & Va’a racing season, or paddle OC1/2’s & Va’a recreationally.  Storage for these boats are available at the halau to club members only. (membership dues plus boat storage rack fee)

Club dues are $60 per year for adult membership and $15 for ages 7-11 and $30 for ages 12-18, per child. OC-1/2 & Va’a storage dues are $60. Dues must be paid in full before the member can race or store canoes. Priority on the racks go to active (participating or racing) Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club members. Racks are assigned.

2017 Board of Directors

  • President: Rafael Ramirez
  • Vice President: Felipe Galieto
  • Treasurer: Kawika Spaulding
  • Asst. Treasurer: Joshua Allen
  • Race Secretary/MOKU Rep: Jene’ Green
  • Secretary: Stephanie Amick
  • Cultural Affairs & Protocols: Kawailehua Domingo & Mina Elison
  • Fitness & Cross-training: John Little

Coaching Staff 2017

  • Head Coach: Rafael Ramirez
  • Men’s Coach: Joshua Allen
  • Women’s Coach: Justin Udovch
  • Youth Coach: Jene’ and Trey Green

About Practice

Men: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 4:45PM
Women: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4:45PM
Youth 8-18: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 3:45PM

Practice begins March 6th to prepare for regatta season, which opens May 20th this year. Practice paddles are available for children as well as adults.

Club Fundraisers

Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club will host two major fundraisers this year: the Mac-a-Thon 5K-10K running event (Hawai‘i Island’s oldest foot race!) and Mac Nut Pancake Breakfast, held on April 15th, the Saturday before Easter, and the annual memorial Calvin Kelekolio Long Distance Race and Luau, held August 19th, 2017. All club members are expected to help at every fundraiser.

We also welcome your recycles, which are used to finance expenses for the Youth program. (Drop-off bins on halau grounds.)

For more information about joining, please feel free to call Jene’ Green at 808-443-4670 or send an email to contact@keouacanoeclub.com.