Kapolioka'ehukai (Heart of the Sea) Outrigger Canoe Club - San Diego, CA

Kapolioka'ehukai (Heart of the Sea) Outrigger Canoe Club - San Diego, CA
PADDLE WITH A PURPOSE

Have you ever wanted to try paddling outrigger canoe? Have you paddled before and want to start up again? Come paddle with us! Meet new folks, get a great workout, and connect with the water and Hawaiian culture!

Aloha and mahalo nui loa for visiting our website. Our San Diego based outrigger canoe club (hui) is moving full speed ahead with positive energy and enthusiasm towards wonderful causes and equally wonderful canoe time! If you are interested in supporting us and our efforts, we'd love to share our sport, our story, and most importantly, our aloha with you!


Check out our 2015 Molokai Hoe Kane Video!!!

Please click the picture below and you will be taken to Vimeo to watch.
It's more than racing and competition. Kapolioka'ehukai CC is about culture, unbelievable mana (spirit/strength), ohana (family), and most of all...TRUE ALOHA SPIRIT!

Kapolioka'ehukai - Moloka'i Hoe 2015 from user6843127 on Vimeo.

Thank you Justin for this amazing video.


Check out our 2014 Race Season Video!!!

Mahalo Lisa N. for the epic efforts to create this video, and all those who contributed photos and video to it.

Upcoming Events
  • Practices
    6pm Tuesdays, Thursdays
    9am Saturdays
    1750 Fiesta Island Road, San Diego (map)
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Paddle with a Purpose

Our uniqueness is driven from more than just paddling. Each stroke we pull helps:

  • Cancer Research
  • Environmental Education
  • Helping youth through water-related activities
  • Perpetuating the Hawaiian culture

More about our paddling and community efforts.



January 2016 We are a member of SCORA!



2015 Highlights show / hide

October 11, 2015Moloka'i Hoe. Forty-two miles across the Ka'iwi Channel, from Moloka'i to O'ahu - More photos in our Gallery!



August 29, 2015 Angel Island Race. Racing in NorCal! - More photos in our Gallery!



June 6, 2015 Volunteering at Survivor Beach - More photos in our Gallery!



May 30, 2015 Marina del Rey Race. Our keiki were honored to race with TAZ (Team Arizona) and Ikuna Koa paddlers. Sharing da aloha! - More photos in our Gallery!



May 9, 2015 Crystal Pier Race, San Diego. Our keiki were honored to race with TAZ (Team Arizona) and Ikuna Koa paddlers. Sharing da aloha! - More photos in our Gallery!



April 25, 2015 Shakafest! Our keiki first race of the season. More photos in our Gallery!



February 28, 2015 - New paddler orientation. E komo mai, welcome, to all our new members! More photos in our Gallery!



2014 Highlights show / hide

November 9, 2014 - Luau & Movie Screening Fundraiser. Learn about and celebrate the life of Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn with a movie screening fundraiser: Heart of the Sea! More photos in our Gallery!



October 12, 2014 - Moloka'i Hoe. Forty-two miles across the Ka'iwi Channel, from Moloka'i to O'ahu. More photos in our Gallery!



September 6-7, 2014 - Catalina US Champsionships 9-man race. One wahine crew and one co-ed crew paddled from Newport Dunes to Avalon, Catalina Island on Saturday. Two kane crews paddled back on Sunday. Epic race!! Congrats to our Open Co-ed crew for their 3rd place win! More photos in our Gallery!



September 30, 2014 - Queen Lili'uokalani Outrigger Canoe Race in Kona, HI. The world's largest long distance canoe race. We have several wahine paddling and mixing it up with other crews at this inspiring race. More photos in our Gallery!



August 23, 2014 - Oceanside Paopao 9-man race. Congrats to our Open Kane crew for their 3rd place win! More photos in our Gallery!



August 17, 2014 - We had some dedicated paddlers volunteering at the Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational, an event to raise funds for UCSD Moore's Cancer Cener. Each year the Rell Sunn Award is "Established in 1998 to honor the memory of Rell Sunn, the "Queen of Makaha," this perpetual trophy is awarded each year to the person who displays the qualities shared by Rell and the Moores UC San Diego Cancer Center Luau & Legend of Surfing Invitational – who has made a difference in the battle against cancer and embodies the aloha spirit." More photos in our Gallery!



August 9, 2014 - Whitey Harrison Classic 9-man. First 9-man race of the season! Congrats to our Open Co-ed crew for their 3rd place win! More photos in our Gallery!



July 19, 2014 - Kahakai 9-man Sprint. The best of both types of racing! More photos in our Gallery!



July 12, 2014 - Noah Kalama Outrigger Classic, our first sprint race of the season! More photos in our Gallery!



June 28, 2014 - Iron Champs. Congrats again to our Open Masters Co-ed for 2nd place! More photos in our Gallery!



June 15, 2014 - Survivor Beach was created in 2007 as a way to bring together individuals in the community to show their support for cancer research and to honor all individuals in their fight against cancer. Mahalo to our paddlers who volunteered their time! More photos in our Gallery!



June 7, 2014 - Ventura Outrigger Challenge. Congrats to our Novice Co-ed for 2nd place! More photos in our Gallery!



May 31, 2014 - Marina del Rey, Kahakamoku Klassic. Congrats to our Open Masters Co-ed crew for 3rd place! More photos in our Gallery!



May 17, 2014 - Race numbah two! Santa Barbara Rig Run. Congrats to our novice wahine crew for their 3rd place win! More photos in our Gallery!



Photo courtesty of Chris Silvester

May 10, 2014 - Our first official race of the season, Crystal Pier. A great time was had by all, what a way to start the season. Keiki, Novice, and Open paddlers all on the water. More photos in our Gallery!



May 3-4, 2014 - Working and playing at the San Diego Ho'olaule'a. www.sdhoolaulea.com. More photos in our Gallery!



April 9, 2014 - We teamed up with Kanaka OCC to introduce outrigger paddling, and other great waterman sports, to Point Loma High School Surf Team. It's about the kids!



April 5, 2014 - What an amazing day on the water. We are honored to have been part of the first OC-6 canoes racing at the Olympic Training Center here in San Diego. A BIG mahalo to San Diego Canoe Kayak SUP Team for having us at the Silver Blade Regatta. Great job USA Outrigger on a wonderful day as well. Fly Ama Fly!



Hoku O Kamalani

April 3, 2014 - Welcome Hoku O Kamalani, the newest member of our hui. Read about the history behind our newest canoe here About Outrigger Canoe. And check out the Gallery for more photos.



Orientation

February 22, 2014 - New paddler orientation. E komo mai, welcome, to all our new members! Check out the Gallery for more photos.



2013 Highlights show / hide
Moloka'i Hoe

October 2013 - Moloka'i Hoe kane crew seeing the finish line in sight! First time Kapolioka'ehukai represented in this magnificent crossing.



Run to Fight Children's Cancer

October 2013 - Several Kapolioka'ehukai members participated in the Run to Fight Children's Cancer which helps "to create awareness in the community for childhood cancer while also providing support to the families and children affected by the disease."



Queen Lili'uokalani Race

September 2013 - Our club's first Hawai'i race! Queen Lili'uokalani Race in Kona – We were honored to have been able to compete in the world's largest long distance outrigger canoe. Both kane and wahine crews finished strong and enjoyed paddling in Hawaiian waters. Also with great pride competing in our first ever double hull race.



SCORA 9-man Season, Catalina

August 2013 - SCORA 9-man Season. These long distance races use nine-person crews for the six-person canoes. Paddlers jump out while other paddlers jump in to the moving canoe. We started strong and finished stronger and enjoyed our second year at the U.S. 9-man Championships at Catalina Island.



Survivor Beach

August 2013 - Kapolioka'ehukai members volunteering at Survivor Beach and the Luau and Longboard Invitational. These events, put on by UCSD Cancer Center, help raise money and awareness for cancer research. The Rell Sunn Award "is awarded each year to the person who displays the qualities shared by Rell and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational - who has made a difference in the battle against cancer and embodies the aloha spirit."

27th Annual Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp - Kapolioka'ehukai was there representing and being human seatbelts, kids of all ages enjoyed the outrigger canoes!!



SCORA Sprint Season

July 2013 - SCORA Sprint Season. Kapolioka'ehukai entered kane, wahine, and keiki in these races as well.



Keiki Racing Honu Room

Our Keiki doing community outreach and racing!!! Proud of these kids!



SCORA Iron Race Season

May - June 2013 - SCORA Iron Race Season. Our kane, wahine, and keiki competed in these epic races all over Southern California. Our Novice Wahine were undefeated!!!



2012 Highlights show / hide

September 11, 2012 - Our canoe club completed its SCORA racing season this past weekend with its greatest challenge met, the Catalina Crossing. Saturday our co-ed 9man crew raced 28 miles to Avalon, Catalina. Sunday morning our men's 9man crew raced 31 miles back to Newport Dunes. Congratulations to everyone. This race followed wonderful 9man races in Dana and Oceanside in August.



July 16, 2012 - We had our first sprint race of the season in Long Beach. Our wahine and keiki paddlers did great! The race was hosted by Imua Outrigger, and named in honor of Uncle Noah Kalama, who has selflessly perpetuated the aloha spirit, this amazing sport and the paddling culture to all the clubs in Southern California. Mahalo to all those that came up to support and cheer for us this weekend. What a fun day! Check out a few more picts!



July 3, 2012 - This past weekend we entered 5 races at the Iron Champs race in San Diego, CA. It marked the conclusion of our long distance season. Now we shift gears to sprints and 9-man races.

We were joined by the Sunn ohana for the day as they were able to meet all of their extended paddling ohana here at Kapolioka'ehukai and enjoy good food and paddling time. A very very special day for all of us.

It also marked our first "Menehune o Ke Kai" program. Kids who brought a piece of trash to our tent signed a poster and were given a Heart of the Sea button to show they helped care for our beaches!



Volunteering and bringing boards for Survivor Beach

June 10, 2012 - Kapolioka'ehukai volunteered at Survivor Beach. Helping break the world record for consecutive surfboards, nose-to-tail, our paddlers brought over 20 surfboards, helped carry boards for others from their cars, as well as help with event setup. Put on by the UCSD Cancer Center, in coordination with the Luau & Longboard Invitational event which will take place in August to help raise money for cancer research. Each year they award the Rell Sunn Award to the person "who best embody the true aloha spirit and display the qualities shared by Rell and the Luau & Longboard Invitational – the battle against cancer, combined with unselfishness, compassion and a dedication to helping others."

Our Keiki (Children) at Marina Del Rey Race

June 2, 2012 - Our month of June has barely started and the wonderful milestones continue. Big congratulations to the keiki of our club for competing at Marina Del Rey in their first mini-iron race. You all did great! Hats off to all the adult teams as well including the Men's Novice who competed at Marina Del Rey Short course and brought home awards, 1st in their divisions respectively! Way to paddle with purpose!

Our Makua (Adults) at Crystal Pier Race

May 2012 - What a great month! We completed our first keiki regatta (Keiki Heihei Waʻa) and first SCORA race of the season (Crystal Pier)! All the paddlers gave everything they had out on the water and represented so wonderfully. The race season is just getting started as we will now be heading to Santa Barbara, Marina Del Rey, Ventura, Avila and back to San Diego in the next two months for our Iron (long distance season)!

February 2012 - We are excited to start the 2012 OC6 paddling season for men, women, co-ed and keiki (children)! After getting our two canoes prepped and painted, it is time to enjoy them on the water. Thank you to all the great clubs, companies, groups and individuals who have helped support us. Now its time to paddle! IMUA!

2011 Highlights show / hide

November 2011 - Be sure to get the scoop on the Menehune Surf contest and Aloha Jam. The details are on RellSunn.com. Two awesome events!

Paddle 4 A Cure

October 2011 - Thanks to everyone who came out for the Annual Mission Bay Paddle for a Cure. We had paddlers racing for a great cause! Afterwards, everyone paddled around the bay and hung out for a beautiful sunny day with ono grindz. View an amazing slideshow of the day, courtesy of the talented Edmund Gaila!

September 2011 - Our first two canoes! Be introduced to these beautiful wa'a...

August 2011 - We were written about in the La Jolla Light San Diego newspaper!
"Outrigger canoe club focuses on giving back to community."