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Saturday April 25, 2015 is our 2nd Annual San Diego Shaka Fest!

For more information on this event and others, please visit our Events Page...

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If you would like to try paddling please go to our Intro to Paddling page or contact us page and send us an email. Experienced and newcomers are welcome.

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Nā Koa Kai Canoe Club

Nā Koa Kai, “Sea Warriors”, Hawaiian words that describes our founding members and their passion for the Hawaiian culture and heihei waʽa (Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing). Our founding members were previously members of the first combined youth outrigger canoe racing & Hawaiian cultural immersion program on the U.S. Mainland at another San Diego outrigger canoe c club. This cultural immersion program was founded by Uncle Gus Cervantes in 2008. After four very successful years Uncle Gus decided it was time build a new club.  This new Hawaiian outrigger canoe club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to perpetuating the Hawaiian and Pacific Islander culture and fostering a lifestyle of fitness through competitive outrigger canoe racing. This website is dedicated to all of those Nā ʽŌpio (youths) who participated in his former program and all Nā ʽŌpio everywhere!



If you love a super fun atmosphere full of true aloha and your nā ʻŌpio (Youths) love the water then they should come out and try paddling a Hawaiian outrigger canoe.  We are the premier Hawaiian outrigger canoe club in San Diego for youths.  We are a one of kind Hawaiian cultural immersion program based around the Hawaiian canoe.  We teach and practice the Hawaiian culture.  You will learn all the commands to paddle an outrigger canoe in the Hawaiian Language.  You will learn outrigger canoe paddle chants.  You will also learn a great deal of history about the Hawaiian canoe.  We are an authentic Hawaiian cultural immersion program based around the Hawaiian canoe in San Diego and the U.S. Mainland. Come experiance true aloha and live the spirit of the Hawaiian culture through Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling in San Diego.

" I feel it is my kuleana (responsibility) to promote and support the nā ʽōpio (youths) at every opportunity.  It is truly a labor love."
-Uncle Gus