Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long is the season?

A: The season starts at the beginning mid May and completes at the end of August. There are events and activities outside the season that you may be contacted to support as members. Usually weekends that consistent of holidays are No Practice weekends due to the level of activity on the bay.

Q: How long are practices?

A: Practices run from 8:30am to 11:30am each Saturday.

Q: What can I expect at practice?

A: Members are expected to be on time to support unloading wa’a at the beginning of practice and loading wa’a at the end of practice. We are one of the few clubs that teach the ancient art of lashing the waʻa (canoe) with kaula (cord). Once wa’a are unloaded and rigged, team and upcoming practice changes will be announced. Then it will transition to a short cultural lesson, then to a land warm-up introducing new movements for working out, and then to paddling in the wa’a. The cultural lessons will be taught from our Cultural Immersion Handbook. This includes Hawaiian oli (chant), moʻōlelo kahiko (ancient history), and ʻōlelo (language).

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 require an intro to paddling prior to potential new members joining the hui. This allows you and your keiki to meet our paddling ʻohana, and understand how our program is structured and operates so that you can decide if it’s a good fit for you and your keiki. Please feel out the Intro Paddling form if the Membership Orientation has already passed.

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: When you join and pay for membership of the season, the fees include a jersey for your keiki. There are additional club apparel available if a makua (parent) would like to make additional purchases. Once we run out of jerseys, we won’t purchase anymore until the next season.