What we're about
The unique name of our club, Kapolioka'ehukai, is Hawaiian for, "Heart of the Sea". Our club is proudly named after the late Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn (http://www.heartoftheseacanoeclub.com/rell-sunn.html). Aunty Rell, as we affectionately refer to her, was a Hawaiian legend in her own time (along the ranks of Duke Kahanamoku and Eddie Aikau). She was the pioneer of women's surfing the first female lifeguard in 1977 in the state of Hawai'i. She was the ultimate Hawaiian waterwoman - surfer, free diver, lifeguard, and outrigger canoe paddler. Most of all, she was a woman who gave back to her community in countless ways such as inspiring troubled youth the positive benefits of ocean-related sports. Sadly, Aunty Rell passed away from breast cancer in 1998 after fighting it for 14 years. She left behind a legacy that we as an Outrigger Canoe Club, follow every day of our lives. A legacy we hope to share with you.
We are dedicated to spreading the Aloha Spirit and teaching the Polynesian Culture (http://www.heartoftheseacanoeclub.com/about-culture-aloha.html) to all who are interested. It is this culture that surrounds the sport of Outrigger Canoe Paddling. By partnering with our club, you are not only supporting a canoe team, you are contributing to something much more special. You are enhancing a club that is truly unique and full of "Mana" (Spirit) and Aloha. A club that is dedicated to giving back to the community (http://www.heartoftheseacanoeclub.com/about-community.html) through education, fitness and outreach events. When you support or join Kapolioka'ehukai Outrigger Canoe Club, you are backing a unique club based on dedication, honor and aloha. You can't lose. We welcome you to be a part of our "Ohana" (Family).
Come check us out at one of our meetups!