What we're about
PADDLE AND STRUM EVERY SUNDAY
Outrigger Paddling, Hawaiian Music, and Lots of Fun
The Hana Hou Outrigger Canoe Club welcomes everyone who has an interest in the beach, outrigger canoe paddling, hula, ukulele, and all aspects of Hawaiian / Polynesian culture.
Our focus is on fun, fitness, and friendship. We offer a safe, non-intimidating environment in which all are treated with warmth and respect, no matter what their level of paddling experience or physical ability.
It's recreational outrigger canoe paddling - not racing - in a warm, welcoming, no-pressure atmosphere. Hana Hou members have the opportunity to paddle picturesque Newport Bay in beautiful six-man outrigger racing canoes.
No prior outrigger canoe paddling experience is necessary. We're glad to show you how it's done.
Experienced paddlers will have fun, too, paddling with other Hana Hou members with similar experience levels. And if you ever feel the urge to kick things up a notch and try your hand at racing, it’s an easy transition into one of several local racing clubs.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Every Sunday, in addition to the paddling, we enjoy our weekly hukilau - a combination beach picnic and kanikapila (a Hawaiian jam session).
It’s a great playing opportunity for beginners and also for more advanced players. You'll receive free ukulele mini-lessons and lots of great playing tips.
Don't want to paddle or play ukulele? That's okay, too. Just come down to the beach and hang-out with your new friends. Picnic, talk-story, listen to the music, or maybe even to sing-along if you feel like it. You're perfectly welcome to join the club, even if you never pick-up a paddle - we're glad to have you with us!
There are no dues or other membership fees for non-paddlers. You’re welcome to come and joins us for our beach activities every week at no change whatsoever. However, if you do choose to paddle, it only costs $10 for a full month of paddling. That’s an absolute bargain! Four guided paddling sessions each month - complete with paddles and expert coaching for only $2.50 per session. Captain John will make sure you’re safe and that you have a great time on the water with your new paddling buddies.
It's easy to get-in on the action. Just sign-up online and then come down to the beach and join us in-person. We'll be there every week for Hawaiian-style fun.
Please scroll wa-a-ay down the page - past the pics - for the actual meeting announcements.
P.S. Here's an important tip: Owing to weather and other factors - some of them occurring at the last-minute - it's always a good idea to check below to make sure that our Paddle and Strum will be held before you make the trek down to the beach. We update the Meetup announcement each Sunday morning by not later than 10 AM - and usually earlier than that.
Hope to see you soon!
Once again - we do meet virtually every Sunday, year-round but please ALWAYS check the site on Sunday morning before coming to the beach. Occasionally, inclement weather or some other factor intervenes to force an unanticipated cancellation. It doesn’t happen often - just a few times a year - but we’d hate to see you make the trip to beach only to be disappointed. So please do check-out this site for the latest update every Sunday AM.