Pa'a Ka Waha, Hana Me Ka Lima







Kailua Canoe Club is happy to announce the return of the Makalei Canoe Club season for our youth paddlers for the 2021-22 season.  There are many new rules and guidelines that we will be following to address COVID protocols, including vaccination requirement, on line registration and number of paddlers.  If you did not attend the October 19, 2021 Makalei Informational Zoom Meeting, you will need to watch the meeting video which will give you important information before registering your youth paddler(s).


Click here to begin online MAKALEI REGISTRATION ONLY (WAIT LIST)






While the official Kailua Canoe Club 2021 season has concluded, some adult crews of experienced paddlers are continuing to paddle through the winter season.  We are not accepting brand new paddlers at this time.  If you plan on attending practices with any of those crews and have not completed the 2021 registration process, please begin the registration process (registration form, HCRA waiver and payment) by Click here to being online KCC WINTER SEASON REGISTRATION.


Winter dues are $100 per paddler and cover the period November through March.


We optimistically look forward to a more normal 2022 regatta season with registration for all new and returning paddlers starting in March 2022.




Download  the Updated KCC General Covid Rules & Procedures


We greatly appreciate your patience as we navigate this new normal, but we are SO excited for the opportunity to get back to 6-man paddling again! Let's make the most of this year, work on our technique and training, and come back stronger for the next race season.


Hā Kailua!



As Kailua Canoe Club prepares for the 2020 season, we are embraced with reflection on an important ōlelo noʻeau, or proverb - ka wā ma mua, ka wā ma hope - the time in front is the time behind.  This narrative emphasizes the importance of our history and how the lessons we've learned over the years can be applied to our success as we move forward.  Since our beginnings within the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club, and then our formal founding and first season as Kailua Canoe Club in 1972, our purpose has always been to represent and perpetuate the rich canoe history of Kailua and to create an atmosphere of family, learning, and passion which our founding members instilled upon us through the years. This historical reflection brings us to a remembrance of club founder Cliff Ornellas who recently passed during this last offseason. Uncle Cliff set a foundation of pride for our community and the area we paddle in, while being competitive, yet humble.  These values hold true within our Club ‘til this day and it is an important lesson for us to embrace as we move into the new paddling season and beyond into the future.  Uncle Cliff, you will be missed, but your spirit lives on within each of us at Kailua Canoe Club.


As always, Kailua Canoe Club strives to be a model community organization and continues to look for ways to providing for the best experiences in canoe paddling, ocean education, and promoting a healthy lifestyle.  We hope that current members continue to express their ideas and enthusiasm and those looking to join feel welcomed by our commitment to our values and history.  We look forward to meeting new faces, welcoming back old friends, and perpetuating the vision of our founding members this upcoming season.  See you on the water.


Me ka ha‘aha‘a,


Brad Kaaleleo Wong


Welcome from KCC’s Head Coach derek kahale


Aloha Paddlers


Welcome to the 2020 paddling season! My name is Derek Kahale and I am grateful and excited to be continuing on as Head Coach for the upcoming season. I am following in the footsteps of some great coaches and will continue to follow in the rich traditions of our club. I look forward to seeing familiar and new faces for this new year. Last season went by too quickly.. as with any season the best part is time spent with special people, all focused and committed toward achieving a common goal. Now we begin a new season and will build upon the strong foundation of our youth program, expand on the successes of our adult program, and dedicate ourselves to fostering open and clear communication. The coaching staff will be looking forward to working with all of you by showing their passion and cultural aspects of outrigger canoe paddling which we all hold dear to our hearts.


Thank you and Aloha,


Derek Kahale




Kailua Canoe Club

PO Box 177

Kailua, HI 96734

Since 1972