Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long is the season?

A: The season starts at the beginning of March and completes at the end of October. Our end of season banquet is usually the 1st weekend of November.

Q: How long are practices?

A: Usually practices run from 8:30am to 12:30pm each Saturday.

Q: What can I expect at practice?

A: We usually have a 1/2 hour cultural lesson teaching from our Cultural Immersion Handbook. This includes Hawaiian oli (chant), moʻōlelo kahiko (ancient history), and ʻōlelo (language). Depending on the race we are training for, we will be on ke kai (the sea) practicing technique, sprints, race starts, etc. We also go over land workouts and movements such as push-ups, squats, etc. so that the keiki can do home workouts to get ready for races. Practices also consist of loading/unloading and lashing canoes. We are one of the few clubs that teach the ancient art of lashing the waʻa (canoe) with kaula (cord).

Q: As a makua (parent) am I expected to attend practice?

A: Absolutely. We are an ʻohana creating a positive and nurturing environment for the keiki in the program to learn and thrive. In order to accomplish this, mākua (parents) need to be present at the entire practices, involved in our fundraisers, and cultural workshops. We make a commitment to your keiki because they deserve every opportunity we can give them and that requires mākua (parents) to be a part of that experience. If neither makua can make the commitment this club may not be a good fit for you.

Q: How much does the program cost?

A: Compared to other youth programs, we believe you will find the cost of our programs very reasonable. For more details you can email us at membership@nakoakai.com.

Q: I have a keiki that may be interested, but can he/she try paddling a canoe before deciding to join?

A: Yes. We have designated Intro to Paddling Classes throughout the season that allows you and your keiki to meet our paddling ʻohana. This gives your keiki the opportunity to paddle with us and you the opportunity to understand how our program is structured and operates. You can RSVP for a class here.

Q: I have a keiki who wants to paddle but he/she is visually impaired. Can he/she still be a part of the program?

A: Absolutely. We have our Nā Koa Makapō (Visually impaired warrior) program. This program is specifically created to help those keiki who are visually impaired. Our visually impaired warrior’s receive one-on-one training with our coaches learning the basics of paddling and paddling safety. Once they complete the on-boarding program, they will be integrated into our main paddling program.

Q: Does my keiki need to purchase their own paddle or bring anything specific to practice?

A: We provide paddles for your keiki to use during practice if they don’t own one. If your keiki would like to purchase their own, we recommend waiting on purchasing a paddle until they have been measured for one. We usually do a bulk order of paddles at the beginning of season which helps keep your cost down. As for other equipment, keiki should wear non-cotton water wicking shirts or rash guards and board shorts. Pleases refer to the membership packet for a list of items you should either wear or bring with you. Also, don’t forget to bring your aloha when coming to practice, ya!

Q: Are the keiki required to purchase any club apparel?

A: Yes, we require your keiki to own a red club t-shirt or race Jerseys so that they can be easily identified at practices and events. If they plan on racing during the season, they are required to purchase a club racing jersey. These are a purchased at the beginning of season. Once we run out of jerseys, we won’t purchase anymore until the next season.

 

 

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