E Komo Mai
Hui Wa‘a is organized exclusively for the following purposes:
- To maintain and perpetuate Hawaiian culture through the promotion of Hawaiian water sports;
- To teach, train, instruct, and expose children, men and women in the ancient art, craft and history of Hawaiian canoeing;
- To provide means and facilities for activities tending to foster the development and maintenance of strong and healthy minds, bodies and spirits among all people;
- To provide opportunities for the interaction and communion of people in the interest of mental and social well-being; and
- To promote international canoe racing competition. Hui Wa‘a is organized exclusively as a social welfare organization engaged in the promotion of an amateur sport, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.
President: Elias “Eli” Nakahara
Vice-President: Ka‘ili Moikeha
Treasurer: Teresa “Trace” Ballesteros
Secretary: Sandie Freitas
Race Chair: Desmond “Desi” Ishii
Asst Race Chair: Steve Silva
Director: Pua Ajifu
Director: Faith Craycroft
Director: George Waikoloa
Nā ‘Ohana O Nā Hui Wa‘a
P. O. Box 2279
Honolulu, HI 96804
2017 Long Distance Race Schedule
Long distance races range in length from the 18 mile Queen Lili‘uokalani Races to the 41.6 mile Ka‘iwi Channel crossings. Most races involve water changes, in which up to 3 paddlers at a time are rotated in and out of the canoe while the rest of the crew continues paddling. Water changes add a level of complexity to distance racing, making it important that each crew is able to perform fast and efficient changes for the duration of the race.
The Ka‘iwi Channel races from Moloka‘i to O‘ahu, Na Wahine O Ke Kai for women and Moloka‘i Hoe for men, involve paddling in open ocean conditions, for which the Hawaiian outrigger canoe was designed. These races allow our canoes and crews to perform at their limits. Canoes are rigged with spray covers (“canvas”) and must have escort boats to carry extra crew members, coaches and helpers.
2017 Hui Wa‘a Pre-season Distance Schedule
Hui Wa‘a distance races are between about 6 and 12 miles in length and average from about an hour to an hour and a half to complete. These races are all “iron,” that is, there are no water changes required.
As well as kicking off the season, these races serve as fundraisers for the clubs sponsoring them. All Hui Wa‘a member clubs are required to enter at least as many crews as there are races in the current season. For example, if there are nine pre-season distance races in a season, then each club must enter at least nine crews over the course of the season. A club’s obligation could be met by racing nine crews in a single event or by entering one crew in each event of the season.
2017 Hui Wa‘a Regatta Schedule
All Hui Wa‘a regattas for 2017 will be run on Saturdays.
Keep in mind that parking and traffic may be difficult at many regatta sites. Ke‘ehi Lagoon generally has ample parking, but other locations can be very congested. Be sure to allow yourself enough time for travel and to find parking.
We have a responsibility to keep our race venues clean and in good repair. When you are setting up and taking down your tents, please make sure you do not drive on the grass, especially at Ke‘ehi Lagoon. Remember that dogs are generally not allowed on our beaches. During and after each regatta please ensure that your area is clean.
Lane drawing for regattas is scheduled for the Tuesday prior to each regatta. Club reps draw lanes for the events they plan to enter. Competitive divisions are based on the number of events a club enters:
• “A” for 6 to 12 events,
• “AA” for 13 to 24 events and
• “AAA” for 25 or more events.
Trophies are awarded to the top three clubs in each division. In the event of a tie, a coin toss will determine which club receives the trophy.
Hui Wa‘a Member Clubs
Docs & Forms
Updated August 29 2017