Kapolioka'ehukai (Heart of the Sea) Outrigger Canoe Club - San Diego, CA

About the Club - Overview

With our warmest Aloha...

Thank you very much for your time and interest in Kapolioka'ehukai Outrigger Canoe Club. The unique name of our club, Kapolioka'ehukai, is Hawaiian for, "Heart of the Sea". Our club is proudly named after the late Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn. Aunty Rell, as we affectionately refer to her, was a Hawaiian legend in her own time (along the ranks of Duke Kahanamoku and Eddie Aikau). She was the pioneer of women's surfing the first female lifeguard in 1977 in the state of Hawai'i. She was the ultimate Hawaiian waterwoman - surfer, free diver, lifeguard, and outrigger canoe paddler. Most of all, she was a woman who gave back to her community in countless ways such as inspiring troubled youth the positive benefits of ocean-related sports. Sadly, Aunty Rell passed away from breast cancer in 1998 after fighting it for 14 years. She left behind a legacy that we as an Outrigger Canoe Club, follow every day of our lives. A legacy we hope to share with you.

We are dedicated to spreading the Aloha Spirit and teaching the Polynesian Culture to all who are interested. It is this culture that surrounds the sport of Outrigger Canoe Paddling. By partnering with our club, you are not only supporting a canoe team, you are contributing to something much more special. You are enhancing a club that is truly unique and full of "Mana" (Spirit) and Aloha. A club that is dedicated to giving back to the community through education, fitness and outreach events.

When you support or join Kapolioka'ehukai Outrigger Canoe Club, you are backing a unique club based on dedication, honor and aloha. You can't lose. We welcome you to be a part of our "Ohana" (Family).

Mission Statement

To promote and perpetuate the sport of Outrigger Canoe Paddling and the Pacific Islander culture that surrounds it. To strive to uphold a high moral standard and character as a paddler and as a citizen of the community of which we live and play. To fiercely compete with honor and courage on the water and express our aloha with one another on and off of the water. To educate the importance of our environment and encourage others to do the same so that our future watermen and waterwomen will always have a place to learn and play. To give back what we take, whether it be from the ocean (ke kai) or the land (aina). To always honor the memory and legacy of Rell Kapolioka'ehukai Sunn and share our aloha with everyone we meet as she always did throughout her life. To live our lives to the fullest every day with honor and the aloha spirit, no matter what obstacles in life try to overcome us.