Kai Elua History

Kai Elua Outrigger Canoe Club is an Amateur, non-profit athletic club based in San Diego, California. We have been in San Diego, on Mission Bay, since 1978. Our club members are athletes who commit their time to be proficient paddlers; and to be competitive with other clubs in California and throughout the Pacific Rim. The club members compete in the Outrigger World Championship in Hawaii as well as in various other international-level events.

Jimmy Ako, Alejo Hao, and Greg Nee founded Kai Elua Outrigger Canoe Club (KEOCC) in 1978. The formalized objective of the club is “to encourage the study of Polynesian culture and to maintain and perpetuate outrigger canoe racing”.

Kai Elua in Hawaiian means “two oceans”. This name was selected to symbolize the uniting of the Hawaiian culture and ocean. Slowly through the years Kai Elua has grown in membership and equipment. We now have over 200 active members and are continuing to expand our team base.
A big part of Kai Elua Outrigger is Ohana, which means family. Kai Elua Outrigger Canoe Club prides itself on our team unity and togetherness. We are always looking to increase our member base and would love for you and your friends to come out experience Kai Elua Paddling.