The purpose of He’e Nalu Outrigger Canoe Club (HNOCC) is to provide to the membership an opportunity to perpetuate the sport and competition of Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing and the other related activities associated with outrigger canoe racing. As a proud member of the Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association (NCOCA), HNOCC hosts and participates in programs with other outrigger canoe clubs to encourage fitness and health for youth and adults. Beyond physical activities, we also use the outrigger canoe and its rich history and Hawaiian culture to promote respect for the ocean, community, family, and encourage teamwork. Membership in the Club is open to anyone regardless of age, gender, or paddling experience. Membership is valid after payment of dues and application, which includes accepting a membership agreement and waiver of liability form. Members receive club benefits in exchange for their payment of dues such as coached workouts and races for competitive paddlers, recreational sessions for non-racing paddlers, and use of HNOCC canoes and equipment. In return, members agree to abide by our club rules and responsibilities which are reflected in the club by-laws and membership agreement.
The mission of He’e Nalu Outrigger Ohana is to encourage and exemplify the culture and lifestyle of outrigger canoe paddling with integrity and respect for the community, traditions, and evolution of the sport. Key tenets of our mission include the following:
- Demonstrate and perpetuate outrigger canoe culture and competitive paddling;
- Teach, train, and mentor children and adults to the ancient art, craft, and history of outrigger canoe paddling;
- Provide the means and facilities for activities which foster strong and healthy minds, bodies, and spirits among all people;
- Be ambassadors of outrigger canoe paddling and represent the true expression of Aloha to the friends and family of HNOCC and the community and visitors to Northern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Marin County
He’e Nalu Outrigger Canoe Club has over 100 members and is a non-sectarian, non-partisan organization with non-profit status under Section 501(c)(4) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code (Tax ID# 94-322-2076). HNOCC is one of approximately 20 member clubs of the Northern California Outrigger Association (NCOCA), an organization that sponsors outrigger canoe races. HNOCC has been a member of NCOCA since 1994, making our club synonymous with the spirit of aloha.
He’e Nalu was founded in 1994 by the charter members Les Scanlan, Stephanie Ashe, Hovey Lambert, Cuda Sandavol, Mark Murphy, Steve Murphy, and Philip R. Siaris. One day, harboring northeast winds, a motley crew of courageous men paddled a canoe out of Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco. Through numerous perils around islands, flats, and tanker ships, they prevailed to experience the ferry waves into Larkspur Landing. Hence the name He’e Nalu O’ Marin or “Wave Riders of Marin.”
In 2006, He’e Nalu expanded its membership with a paddling site in Petaluma, Sonoma County. He’e Nalu is a member of the Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association (NCOCA) and actively participates in all NCOCA events, cultural and competitive, as well as a number of events in Southern California and Hawaii. Our club was privileged to be the Northern California Sprint Champion from 1997 through 2001, in 2006, and again in 2016-2017. He’e Nalu is also proud host of the Round the Rock Alcatraz Challenge race, coinciding with the Pacific Islanders’ Cultural Association’s (PICA) annual Aloha Festival in San Francisco.
HNOCC strives to create and embody the Spirit of Aloha during our paddling, training and socializing activities and events. All Club members are required to agree to a basic code of conduct as outlined in the HNOCC Member Agreement that promises respect for others including fellow club members and coaches.
Aloha means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. It is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. Aloha means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.
It is this concept more than any other that distinguishes the Hawaiian culture. It also allows an outrigger canoe club and its members to grow and thrive. He’e Nalu Outrigger embraces the Spirit of Aloha as a way to intertwine the cultural history and spirit of Outrigger Canoeing with today’s club members. We believe that by embracing, living, training with and respecting the Spirit of Aloha, members of HNOCC and their families are guaranteed a welcoming and comfortable place to join, participate, workout and race.
In the beginning A (pronounced “ahh”), the eternal light giver created Namaka O Kahai (the great power of the sea). But A saw the seas were alone, so he freed Pele. Pele created the lands and, even now, she constantly renews them. The people who found the islands of Hawai’i hailed it as a place of blessed “alo” or “aloha” meaning “in the presence of A”. Life in old Hawai’i was a spiritual experience. There was aloha everywhere; in the people, plants, animals, rocks and reefs. Even in the canoes and paddles and the tools used to make them.