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Ho’okahi Pu’uwai Outrigger Canoe Club (HPOCC) exists to encourage, maintain and perpetuate outrigger canoe racing for the Bay Area community. We teach, train, instruct and educate keiki (children) and adults in the ancient art, craft and history of Hawaiian canoeing. We foster the development and maintenance of strong, healthy minds and bodies for all participants through paddling and encourage the greater community to join us in these endeavors.

HPOCC was founded in 1998 to promote outrigger canoeing and related Hawaiian and Pacific Island paddling sports. Based in Foster City, CA, HPOCC is a 501c non-profit organization, which supports itself through modest membership dues, tax deductible contributions from individuals and fundraising activities in the community.

Ho’okahi Pu’uwai means one heart, one goal in the Hawaiian language and is a sentiment we perpetuate throughout our ohana. We are one of the largest outrigger clubs in the Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association (NCOCA), currently with over 100 members ranging from ages 6 to 70+ who compete on a consistent basis. We hold our practices in two locations – Coyote Point Yacht Harbor for open water training and the Foster City Lagoon for flat water training.

HPOCC believes the local community benefits in a variety of ways from our activities. Hawaiian tradition states that our future is in the hands of our keikis, and we strongly uphold this belief. Our club created its identity around this belief and developed a program which reflects these values. We provide the local community with an alternative activity for keikis to learn about teamwork, discipline, leadership, and to appreciate different cultures under the mentoring and guidance of an experienced keiki coaching staff.  Children are provided a safe and fun outlet to form positive friendships, stay active, and develop physical strength and mental toughness as they learn to work together to propel a 45-foot, 400lb outrigger canoe.

Ho’okahi Pu’uwai also strives to increase awareness of the Pacific Island cultural heritage surrounding the outrigger canoe as well as enhance interaction between all groups of people and walks of life who are drawn to outrigger canoe racing.

If you are new to paddling and would like to come out and try (or even just watch), contact us here.