Welina me ke aloha e nā hoa waʻa,
Welcome to the 2018 season! My name is Brad Kaʻaleleo Wong, and I am the new president of Kailua Canoe Club. I am incredibly humbled to have this opportunity to lead our ʻohana for the next 3 years. During this time, I look forward to working with the Club Board of Directors to create opportunities for this club to kūlia i ka nuʻu, or strive for excellence, and to continue to shape our youth and community. Here is a little bit about myself: I have lived in Kailua my entire life and have been paddling for this club for the last 20 years (since I was 12 years old). Growing up with this club, I have always admired the family atmosphere and strong leadership that has led us to be one of the largest and consistently competitive canoe clubs in this paeʻāina.
For this upcoming season, I would like to emphasize our commitment to Lōkahi, our unity and family atmosphere, that has made this club incredibly special to myself and many others in this community. Very fittingly, we will welcome back one of our beloved koa waʻa, Lanakila Mau o ka Lōkahi (With our unity we will always prevail), after a year of refurbishing. I also hope to honor the ahupuaʻa of Kailua, which is the source of life and inspiration for our club.
I look forward to meeting new faces, welcoming back old ones, and perpetuating the vision of our founding members. I hope to paddle with you all soon.
Me ka haʻahaʻa,
Welcome from KCC’s Head Coach Hank Leandro
Welcome back and mahalo for your loyalty to Kailua Canoe Club.
We hope that you enjoy your time with us. You have found the perfect place to make new friends, to work hard, and to have fun. A club rich in island history, we are a club made up of many crews that paddle with passion, excellence, and a common love for the ocean. We strive to represent the values represented by the word Aloha.
We are fortunate to have an outstanding coaching staff at KCC, the most passionate and dedicated coaches you will find anywhere. The coaches are expecting you to start the season in good shape, so get on your OC-1, start your run/swim workouts, get in the gym, and come ready for a successful season. This year the state championships will be at home on O‘ahu and we are counting on all crews to qualify. With your hard work and determination, I am confident we can achieve that goal.
Our Board of Directors, headed up by President Brad Wong, has worked hard over the winter, planning events and tuning up our canoes and equipment to provide you the best paddling experience possible. We hope you will also keep an eye out for ways you can contribute this season to make Kailua Canoe Club even stronger than we were last year. It takes all of us, many hands, to be successful. Come and be a part of that success.
We are Kailua Canoe Club:
“Pa’a ka waha hana me ka lima”
(We allow our actions and our paddling to speak louder than our words)
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