Our History

He’e Nalu was founded in 1994 by charter members Philip R. Siaris, Stephanie Ashe, Hovey Lambert, Steve Murphy, Mark Murphy, Steve “cuda” Sandavol and Les Scanlan. On a 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 were welcomed to their new home in Marin by the wake of the Larkspur ferry. Hence the name He’e Nalu O’ Marin: 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 and again in 2006. 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.