Lahaina Canoe Club was the first canoe club founded on the Westside of Maui back in 1971 by founding committee heads George Paoa (chairman), Sam Kaai (vice chairman), Bob McDonald (treasurer) and Barbara Long (secretary).
They started the club with a focus on “developing community-wide cooperation and participation in a true Hawaiian sport” and “encouraging Lahaina’s youth to train and compete in a sport that requires individual stamina, coordination, precision, and teamwork.”
Lahaina Canoe Club is one of the smallest and tightest-knit canoe clubs on Maui today. LCC is committed to producing competitive race crews for keiki and adult divisions, as well as promoting community outreach programs.
LCC has perpetuated these main goals by furthering our community outreach by participating in Maui Cultural Lands Honokawai Valley Restoration project and we are always looking for new ways to involve our members in enhancing our community.
On the competitive front, we have also placed at states as recently as 2018 with a gold medal in the Boy’s 12 division. In 2022, five crews (2 keiki and 3 adult) competed following the cancellation of 2020 & 2021 state championships.
LCC’s main focus is to become known for our keiki and community outreach programs. Some of our long term goal’s include qualifying at least 2 keiki and 2 adult division crews every year for the Hawaiian State Championship Regatta Race and producing quality long distance crews.