KAMALI'I O KE KAI OUTRIGGER CANOE
Lake Cunningham Regional Park, San Jose, CA
Aloha! and Welcome to Kamali'i O Ke Kai Outrigger Canoe!
Kamali’i O Ke Kai’s home is in San Jose, California at Lake Cunningham Regional Park. We are plenty strong and we always have room for plenty more. If you're interested in joining our Ohana, or want more information about our organization, please contact us.
Ohana and respect for oneself and for others are the foundation of our family of fun loving paddlers and we are proud to “JUST PADDLE”.
Kamali’i O Ke Kai (Ka-ma-lee-ee O Kay Kie), meaning “Children of the Sea”, has found its success by several island spirited individuals who have life lined their passion for the “aloha spirit” through the expression of paddling.
Kamali’i O Ke Kai offers a variety of levels of paddling, from beginners to the most experienced, from same sex teams to co-ed, and from young to the young at heart. Whether a season or a life of paddling – you can discover that this appeases the island spirit that lives stateside that was not so fortunate to live on the islands.
Kamali’i O Ke Kai is 1 of 20 Northern California Canoe Clubs that compete at diverse Lakes and Oceanside surroundings. Our mission is to spread the “Aloha Spirit” through outrigger canoe paddling and encourage the quality of many cultures through family oriented gatherings and at our competitions.
2016 Practice Schedule
We're right at the start of our 2016 sprint season. Woohoo!
We have plenty of room for anyone who wants to try their hands at paddling outrigger canoe. Starting Monday March 21st, we start our weekday practice.
Our practice schedule is as follows:
- Mon, Tues, Wed, & Thurs. 6PM (5:30 for first time paddlers)
- Sat. 9AM (8:30 for first time paddlers)
First time paddlers, pls. see Coach Marc for instructions. Wear comfortable clothing for the elements (shorts, tank-top, athletic top, etc.) but you may get wet, so bring extra, just in case.
All you need to bring is yourself and hopefully a friend to share the experience with and don't worry, we have club paddles for you to learn with. Before you get in a canoe, we'll go over a short training session after you read and sign the standard waiver like in all sports.
If you have any questions, best to visit our Facebook page (click on the Facebook link at the top) where you can ask all the questions you like while we work on building this site.
New Paddlers Are Always Welcome!
If you're interested in trying out the sport of Outrigger Canoeing, come out to the lake during our regular practice time. Come early for some 1-on-1 instruction with the coach and to fill out the traditional waiver form.
For new paddlers, we have a One Month Free Trial Membership so you can get your feet wet and give it a try. All you need to bring to the lake is yourself and maybe even a friend or family to try it with you.
If you do come by yourself, don't worry, Kamali'i prides itself on being a small club with lots of great members who will make you feel at home with the Aloha spirit.
All this practice isn't just for building good looks and a healthy body. Kamali'i is part of the Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association (NCOCA). The NCOCA is made up of dozens of other outrigger canoe clubs just like ours. And each year, our association holds 5 to 6 sprint regattas at different water venues through the summer and highlight the season with our championship races towards the end of July.
The NCOCA also hosts long distance open water races which range from 4 miles to 12 miles and even longer - like the race featured in the video above.
Crews that take 1st, 2nd and 3rd place get some awesome race bling (medals) while the clubs compete for overall trophies broken down by Small Club and Big Club.
Races are broken down by age and race categories. The different age categories are:
- Keiki - 19 yrs and younger
- Open - 20 years and up
- Master - 40-49 years old
- Senior Master - 50-59 years old
- Kapuna - 60 yrs and up
Race crews are broken into different categories (crew type and distance). Each crew consists of 5 paddlers and 1 steersman.
- Novice Men/Women - Paddling for less than two years
- Open - Paddling more than 2 years
- Men's crew - 6 Men
- Women's crew - 6 Women
- Coed Crew - 3 Men, 3 Women
Sprint race distances are:
- 250 meters - Keiki 12 and under - straight away
- 500 meters (1 turn on a buoy)
- 1000 meters (3 buoy turns)
- 2000 meters (7 buoy turns)
Where We Hang Our Paddles
Our club home is in the Lake Cunningham Regional Park in San Jose, CA, next to Raging Waters Water Park.
Lake Cunningham Regional Park
2333 South White Road
San Jose, CA 95148