Hui Lanakila Canoe Club
Honolulu, HI


Frequently Asked Questions


Where are you located?
We are located near Waikiki next to the Ala Wai Community Park across of Mcully Shopping Center. Our site is closest to the soccer field along the canal, where you'll find our red/blue/yellow striped canoes.

Ala Wai Community Park
2015 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96826

When and where are practices held?
Practices are held during the weekdays with men and women/kids practicing on different days. Practice runs are generally held within the Ala Wai canal and out into Waikiki Beach up until Diamond Head. Please show up promptly.

More practice info here.

Is it safe to paddle in the Ala Wai canal?
Please be aware the Ala Wai is notorious for not being the most sanitary water (especially after stormy weather). We encourage paddlers to take extra precaution if they have open wounds. Always be sure to shower down (with soap if necessary) after practices. Otherwise, it is generally safe to paddle in, for us and many of the other paddle clubs that use the canal.

What if I've paddled for another club?
Please contact or inform Kim Martinez when you register so she can transfer you before you start racing.

Is paddling physically demanding; Do I need to be in shape?
At the very least, you must be able to swim. Even if you are not in the best of shape, our coaches will help ease your transition into paddling etiquette and form. Don't be intimidated - everyone who paddles come in different shapes and sizes. We accept everyone - and most importantly, we have fun!

How long are practices?
Practices are usually 1.5 - 2 hours long but may vary.

What do I wear/bring to practice?
Wear light, comfortable clothes that can get wet. For men, boardshorts or compression pants with a dri-fit/active-wear shirt will suffice. For women, athletic leggings or ladies boardshorts with an active-wear top will suffice. Bikinis bottoms are not recommended.

Also, bring a paddle, slippers, running shoes (only if your coach requests), sunscreen, and a bottle of water.

What if I don't own a paddle?
If this is your first practice, a coach or fellow member may lend you a paddle. However, if you plan to commit to paddling, we encourage that you purchase a used paddle for yourself before purchasing a brand new paddle.

Craigslist is a good starting place to find a used paddle. Island Paddler (on Kapahulu Ave) sells new paddles.

Can I attend a practice before I commit?
Absolutely! However, for your safety, you must first fill out a waiver.

What if I can't make every practice?
Paddling is a commitment - it's very important that you make it to your practices. However, if there are unavoidable reasons that you can't make certain practice days, we recommend that you communicate with your coach as soon as possible.

How much is membership?
See our Membership page. Note that membership dues include a mandatory fundraising responsiblity. If you have a fundraising idea, let us know!

What is the different between Distance racing and Regatta racing?
The Oahu Hawaii Canoe Racing Association (OHCRA) schedule splits race paddling into 3 seasons: Pre-Season Distance (March - early April), Regatta season (early April - early August), and Long-Distance season (late August - September). Together, Regatta and Long-Distance are considered Regular season. Paddlers are NOT required to participate in all seasons.

Pre-season Distance races are generally 4+ miles long and only require one crew of 6 paddlers for entire race.

Regatta races are sprints between two flags (1/4 of a mile long) where competing koa canoes make (depending on division) 1-5 turns on the flags at each end of their lanes. Regatta crews are made up of 6 paddlers. See more info about Reggatta racing here.

Long-Distance races, much like pre-season, are longer distance races generally 20+ miles long from one location to another, usually requiring an escort boat to make crew changes in the water. Long-distance crews are made up of 6 paddlers + 3 extra paddlers to change out with.

When and how long are races?
OHCRA regatta races generally take place on Sundays during Regatta season, usually lasting most of the day to complete all divisions. Pre-Season/Long-Distance races take place on a Saturday or Sunday depending on the race and can last anywhere between 3-6 hours.

See our Calendar.

What division do I fit in?
First year paddlers are considered "Novice B" division and eventually graduate to "Novice A" the following season. For a more detailed breakdown on divisions, ask your coach.

What seat will I sit in the canoe?
Each seat in a traditional 6-man canoe has its own specific vital responsibility. Your coach will ultimately determine which seat you will sit in and may even switch you up between practices/races. Ask your coach if you have questions about a seat responsibilities.

Who is my coach?
Coaches are listed here.

But I have a very specific question that I can't find the answer to?!
Contact us!