Canoes

Paddlers are encouraged to know the names and the style of our canoes, and where each one stays when out of the water. LCC Canoe Map

Contact Carson Perry to report canoe damage at equipment@lanikaicanoeclub.org

WE HAVE EIGHT TYPES OF CANOES.

KOAKoa canoes are not used for practice. These canoes are our premier regatta racing canoes and are often used in the Koa division in long distance races.

MOKULUA – Built in 1963 by George Perry. Refurbished in 1972 by Phillip Naone. Refurbished again to OHCRA specs in 1991/1992 by Paul Gay and Kalani Irvine. First race as refurbished canoe in the Waimanalo Regatta 1992. Named by George for the Mokulua islands offshore of Lanikai.

HOKULELE – Built in 1966 by George Perry for Cliff Weaver. Named for Cliff’s daughter Heather “Starr” Weaver. The Hokulele was raced in for one season by the Lanikai kids and then hung in the original Barefoot Bar at the Queen’s Surf till it was torn down. Loaned to Lanikai in 1970 and donated to the club in 1972. Refurbished in 1981 by Philip Naone of Waianae, and by Paul Gay and Kalani Irvine in 1999/2002. First race as refurbished canoe in the Kailua Regatta 2003. Drastically overhauled before the 2007 regatta season by Kalani Irvine. She now has a unique ama and back manu hope, which reflects the fishing canoe heritage as a fish hook is carved into the manu. Both of our koa canoes are stored in the Long House.

FIBERGLASS

HAWAIIAN CLASS RACER – first “long” canoe, designed and built by Walter Guild. Over 40 feet long. We have three of these canoes. All Hawaiian Class Racers have a small triangle shaped piece where the back manu hope connects to the hull. This was found on old Hawaiian fishing canoes and honors that tradition. Also known as “Bullets.”

HE MAKANA ‘AWIWI‘the gift of speed’. Purchased in 1981, named by Lani Kalama, to show our thanks to all who donated money or supplies for the canoe, and with some prize money won by our long distance paddlers. The He Makana ‘Awiwi was one of the first 10 Hawaiian Racers made. She was our premier racing canoe for years.

‘ELEU MIKI – ‘quick and lively’ – purchased in 1990. Named by Cory Mehau.

MANA O KA’OHAO – ‘the power of Ka’ohao (the tying or binding together), Ka’ohao being the ancient name for Lanikai. Purchased in 1992. Named by Cory Mehau.

FORCE FIVE – designed and built by Walter Guild. The Force Five canoes can be identified by a notch in the back manu hope. They are between 40 and 45 feet long.

KAI ʻOLENA – ‘the water of purification’ (Olena is a tumeric or type of ginger used for religious and medical purposes, and as a dye for kapa)– purchased in 1997. Named by Kahuna Pule RMK Freitas.

E’Ō LILI’U – ‘Yes, here I am Lili’u’, named in honor of Queen Lili’uokalani – won by Lanikai’s men at the 1996 Queen Lili’uokalani Race hosted by Kai Opua Canoe Club of Kona. Named by Mauliola Olds Aspelund.

POHAIKEALOHA – ‘circle of love’, formerly owned, and named, by Harvest Keala and loaned to Lanikai since the early 1990’s, now owned by Lanikai. Pohaikealoha has won many Molokai to O’ahu Canoe races with Australia’s top teams paddling her. BRADLEY – designed and built by Sonny Bradley. These canoes can also be identified by a more rounded manu.

KA ‘OLELO PA’A – ‘the promise’ – purchased in 1993 in California by Colin Perry and Karel Tresnak and sold to the club. Refurbished in 1994 and renamed by Mauliola Olds Aspelund, in honor of George Perry, who died the same day the her name was given. She is one of our premier fiberglass racing canoes and the canoe in which our upper division men won the Molokai Hoe Race in 1995 and 1996.

WAILEA – ‘water of Lea’ (goddess of canoe makers) – named for the point on the Waimanalo side of Lanikai – purchased in 1996. Named by Michael Smith

MAHOAHOA‘to travel as companions and friends (in many canoes)’ named in honor of George “Toby” Mahoahoa Medieros, who was very instrumental in the masters 50+, 55+, 60+ programs. Purchased in 2006-07 by the LCC’s masters paddlers.

POHĀKO’ELE’ELE – ‘to burst forth like a crack of thunder’ – purchased in 2010. Named by Mauliola Olds Aspelund.

MOKU NUI OLA HOU – purchased in August 2012, named by Leimomi Kekina Dierks. MIRAGE – designed and built by Karel Tresnek, Sr.

KAMEHANAOKALA‘the warmth of the sun‘ – purchased in 2000. Named by Kahuna Pule RMK Freitas.

KUALI’I – ‘Royal Ku’, reflects being born into the highest natural chiefly rank; named to honor our families’ ancestor the great King Kuali’i, who was born at Kalapawai in Ko’olaupoko and dedicated at the Alala fishing shrine and natural heiau. Purchased in 2001, Named by Ali’i Napoleon.

HUIHUIAKOLEA – ‘to gather together like a flock of Kolea birds (or to help one another in a time of trouble)’. Purchased in 2003. Named by Kahuna Pule RMK Freitas.

POINA’OLEWAIWAI‘remember me’ – named in honor of Willis Rich, active LCC member and grandfather of the Dolan boys. Purchased in 2007. Named by Kahuna Pule RMK Freitas.

NALEHUAOLANIKAI – ‘the flowers of Lanikai’ – Purchased in 2008. Named by Mauliola Olds Aspelund.

OPEN CLASS

TAHITIAN – designed and built in Tahiti

HINA HEI – ‘Hinaʻs Lei’ – Hina is one of the most well known goddess of Polynesia. Among other things, her better-known connections are to the moon, Kamapuaʻa, the god Kū, and to Wākea (the ancestor of all Hawaiians). Hina is the mother of the island of Molokai.