The mission for the Waimānalo Canoe Club is to serve the Waimānalo community by perpetuating the traditions, values, knowledge, practices and skills of Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe paddling through research, education and cultural activities.


Kū Waimānalo

Na:   Puanani Kama

ʻEa:  Kekoa Kama

Kū aʻe Makapuʻu kau i ka lewa   

Makapuʻu stands majestically in highest of places

He pali Kaulana i ka iʻa ʻuhu  

The famous cliff known for the ʻuhu fish

Mai Ke Alaula o Kaiona 

From the light of early dawn of Kaiona

a me ka Pāhonu no nā aliʻi

and the Pāhonu for all the chiefs

Kahe ke kahawai ʻo Muliwaiolena

The stream Muliwaiolena carves its way

me ka ua ʻo Apuakea 

with her daughter the rain Apuakea

Lua ʻole nō ʻo Waimānalo

There is no other place like Waimānalo

(2x) ma ka moku o Oʻahu a lua

in Oʻahu the place of the chief Lua


This oli was written for the Waimānalo Canoe Club in order to ho’ohanohano or glorify the majestic names of Waimānalo. Throughout the oli famous places, names, and people are used, which allow these place names, chiefly names, rain names, the koa canoe name or stream names to be featured in a melodic olioli style. All these names have stories and ʻōlelo noʻeau that can speak to the importance of these names to our ʻāina of Waimānalo. It also features the name Ke Alaula which is the waʻa koa name that is used in regattas. This oli also stays close to the ocean in order to show the reference of things and places that are important to the canoe club and its members.


Located at Waimānalo Beach Park, Waimānalo, HI

*Canoe Club practices are held at Kaiona Beach Park, Waimānalo, HI*

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