Hawaiian Canoe Club Wa‘a Names

Type: Koa
Explanation: “Swift winds of Waikapu” – winds originate from Waikapu, (birthplace of Uncle John Lake’s mother) and land in Kahului Harbor – originally carved by Uncle John M. Lake – first canoe of Hawaiian Canoe Club.

Pahili Kiu
Type: Koa
Explanation: “Swift winds of Kipahulu” – winds that originates from Kipahulu (where the log for Pahuli Kiu was harvested) wrap around the east end of Maui and ends in Kahului Harbor, where the winds of Kokololio and Pahuli Kiu meet – the home of Hawaiian Canoe Club.

Type: Racer
Explanation: Wife of Kaiko whom was part of Lihiliho’s established household.  Also means pride – to cherish with pride –
as we should our wa‘a.

Type: Bradley
Explanation: Wife of Kekaulike, mother of Namahana, grandmother of Ka‘ahumanu, aunt of Kamehameha I.  She relayed advice from the wise man Kapoukahi to Kamehameha I to build the heiau at Pu‘ukohola which would result Kamehameha I’s rule over all the islands.

Type: Mirage
Explanation: Sacred chief of Maui, son of Kekaulike, father of  Kamehameha I.  He ruled Maui and O‘ahu from 1766 to 1790 after death of Kamehamehanui.  A formidable competitor, unbeatable in sports and expert in strategy and leadership as a ruler.  He tattooed half of his body black possibly in reference to Kanehekili “kane, god of thunder”.

Type: Bradley
Explanation: Favored wife of Kamehameha I, above Ka‘ahumanu. Married Ulumaheihei Hoapili whom had been entrusted
with the bones of Kamehameha I. Started a school in Lahaina where reading and writing Bible texts were taught to women of rank and influence.

Type: Mirage
Explanation: Named for Corey Kawaiaea, Marko’s and Margie’s Daughter.  One of our former keiki paddlers who has grown up among our Hawaiian Canoe Club ‘ohana from “babytime”.  Two youth named canoes should ‘play’ together in the ocean.

Type: Lighting
Explanation: First and favored wife of Kahekili.  A noted wahine warrior.  Kahekili and Kauwahine canoes should always be close together as presented by Kahu Keola Lake during the blessing of Kauwahine.

Type: Lighting
Explanation: son of Kahekili, name means ‘our day of poverty’, during his reign Maui was prosperous, had a son named Pi’ilani who married Kelea’s daughter Laielohelohe. Pi’ilani and Laielohelohe had two children, Pi’ikea and Kihapi’ilani.

Type: Racer
Explanation: Named for Diane L. Ho, a strong continual driving force who has brought Hawaiian Canoe Club to where it is today.  Diane is a woman of great resource, strength, and has a deep pride for Hawaiian Canoe Club.

Type: Force 5
Explanation:  Named after Auntie Kealoha Lake, who co-founder our club with Uncle John.  She use to tell stories of the first races in Kahului Harbor in flat bottom boats.  Such were the “old” days of canoe racing.

Type: Bradley
Explanation: Ruling chief of Maui, descendent of Kamalalawalu. With his half sister Keku‘iapoiwanui he fathered Kamehamehanui and Kahekili. He was the highest-born royalty of Maui in the 18th century.  His rule was of peace and prosperity with the exception of waging war against his cousin Alapa‘inui in support of the chiefs from Kona & Kohala.

Type: Striker
Explanation: Named for Kekupa‘a Nae‘ole, one of our former keiki paddlers who has been recognized for his perseverance and positive growth in our Kamali‘i program.

Type: Lighting
Explanation: surf riding Maui princess, Kahekili daughter, abducted by Kalamakua, cousin of Lo-Lale (an O’ahu cheif), to be Lo-Lale’s wife. Kalamakua sent off in his canoe to Hamakuapoko. There he saw Kelea in the surf break. He invited her to join him in the canoe for surfing. Requiring great skill, she surfed the canoe gallantly onto the beach, again and again. He then restrained her in the canoe and set forth to O’ahu to meet Lo-Lale. Lo-Lale and Kelea married, had 3 children. They divorced, and she then married Kalamakua, which they had a daughter Laielohelohe, who later married Pi’ilani, Kelea’s nephew (son of Kawaoka’ohele).

Type: Striker
Explanation: Named for Marko Kawaiaea who passed in 2004.  Marko was deeply loved, admired and respected for his positive and calm manner in and out of the canoe by many paddlers who knew him.

Type: Bradley
Explanation: Named after our founder Uncle John M. Lake, whom along with his wife Auntie Kealoha, recognized the need of the children in the community to be kept active and  started what we now call the Kamali‘i Program.

Type: OC-6
Explanation: First wife and niece of Kamehameha I. Born of higher mana (rank) than Kamehameha I She bore his sons  Liholiho (Kamehameha II) and Kauikeaouli (Kamehameha III).  Partnered with Ka‘ahumanu in breaking the tabu of free eating and welcomed the missionaries.  She was the first to have her children taught letters and accept the Christian way of life.She was baptized Mary Keopuolani before she died, interned in Lahaina.

Type: Racer
Explanation: Daughter of Kekaulike and Ha‘alou. She was sister and wife of Kamehamehanui until his death.  Also mother of  Ka‘ahumanu and Kaheiheimalie by Ke‘eaumoku.

Lei o Ka‘ahumanu
Type: Malia
Explanation: Ka‘ahumanu, the favored wife of Kamehameha I.  She was the regent of Liholiho (Kamehameha II), She followed Keopuolani in accepting Christianity and played a key role in breaking from the kapu system to embrace Christianity

‘Alanui o Lani
Type: Mirage
Explanation: The place where two winds converge in Upcountry, Maui. Meant to remember  those who have gone before us.  Canoe of Seabury Hall.

Kala‘i o Maunalei
Type: Lighting
Explanation: the peace of Maunalei.  Maunalei is the name of Seabury Hall’s campus in Makawao.  Canoe of Seabury Hall.

Type: Unlimited canoe
Explanation: Built by Mike Giblin in 2012, Kumuali’i is an unlimited canoe weighting only 130 lbs. Kaumuali’i  was the last independent king of the islands of Kaua?i and Ni’ihau before becoming a vassal of Kamehameha I of the unified Kingdom of Hawai’i in 1810.

Type: Lighting
Explanation: means blessed.  Belongs to Neightborhood Place of Wailuku which is a non-profit whose mission is to prevent child abuse & neglect by building strong roots in the ‘ohana and in the community by promoting safe and nurturing environments for our children and families

Wa’a Name History

In the Hawaiian culture, the giving of a name to anyone or anything is a serious consideration. Our canoes are a life force that are a part of our crews and should be loved, respected and treasured. Names have influence and impact because they have mana; spiritual power, prestige, history, as well as, authority, strength and honor. The names of our canoes have each been carefully chosen in respect for our island ancestors, individuals associated with the spirit of our club and significant winds of Maui.

Both of our koa canoes have been named by members of the Lake family. John M. Lake (our founder) named our first koa canoe Kokololio (Swift winds of Waikapu). The name was given in memory of the birth place of his mother, Mary Kaheiheimalie Enos Lake. Waikapu was an area he knew and loved. The canoe was blessed in August, 1961 at the Lake beach home in Oluwalu by the Rev. Moses Moku of Kaahumanu Church. Kokololio was loaned to Kahului Canoe Club in 1970 to facilitate the formation of Na Kai Ewalu. Kokololio was returned to Hawaiian Canoe Club in 1980. Hawaiian Canoe Club won its first State Championship in 2001 on Kauai exactly forty years after Kokololio was first blessed.

Hawaiian Canoe Club’s second koa is made from a koa tree found by club members Kauhane Luuwai, Sydney Spencer, Marge Kawaiaea, Lee Poston and Dave Carlson in the Kipahulu Rainforest on Kaupo Ranch property in 2001. Various groups of canoe club members had been hiking the forest once a month for eight months looking for a tree large enough to build a canoe from. After the tree was found, club members began the arduous task of preparing for the initial blessing, cutting the tree down and roughly shaping it in the forest. Tahitian canoe builder Fafa was asked to build the canoe. Fafa directed the cutting of the tree and did the initial shaping in the forest. Groups of club members, primarily our keiki, were responsible for carrying necessary equipment, from a staging area graciously donated by Jonathan Starr, miles uphill into the forest. Traditional protocol was followed in the blessing by Kumu Keli’i Tau-a. In July, 2001, over 100 club members undertook the monumental task of bring the roughly shaped canoe down from the forest by hand. Pahili Kiu was completed at the HCC hale by Fafa and his crew.

Pahili Kiu was named by Kumu John Keola Lake (son of John M. Lake) for the wind that wraps around east Maui from Kipahulu to Kahului. Pahili Kiu Makani is the entire name of our koa. It means means literally: blow strong like the Kiu winds. An interpretation provided by Kumu Keola was to hold the course against the Kiu winds. He wrote a chant for the canoe, the words to which are provided below. The canoe was blessed again in a traditional ceremony over a two day period in 2001. Her first race was in Hilo 2001 when Hawaiian Canoe Club won its second State Championship, in a driving rain, to the chanting of Pahili Kiu Makani.

Our fiberglass canoes are led by Keoni and Kealoha, both named after our founders, John and Kealoha Lake. One tradition HCC continues is naming our canoes in honor of Maui ali’i. Knowing our island history through our ancestors provides a sense of place, time, responsibility and respect. We honor Kaahumanu, Namahana, Ha’alou, Kaheiheimalie, Kahekili and Kekaulike. Another tradition is to recognize individuals in the club who represent contribution to our club and continuity of Hawaiian values. Those canoes are Keola, Kamalei, Kekupa’a and Keahiokeola. The canoe Ha’aheo represents the spirit of pride and strength of our club.

Blow strong like the Kiu winds

Oli inoa by Kumu John Keola Lake – July 2002
In memory of his father John M. Lake

Aia ka nahele i uka o Kanehekili
There is a forest uplands above Kanehekili

Kilikiliwainoe ke kappa a Laka
Moistened by Laka’s gentle rain

Ku waena o ka lae o Kanemalohema
Standing between the ridge of Kanemalohemo

Hemohemo iho i ka he‘e o Kanaloa
(The log was) Loosened into the embrace of Kanaloa

Lanalana ke kai o Kohala pehu
Floating on the sea of Kohola pehu (from ‘Ahihi-Kina‘u to Huelo)

Pehu ‘ea ia i lalo o ka hema
Rising winds from the south shall blow

Kiu aku, kiu mai, Pahili Kiu makani
Blow out, blow in, Pahili Kiu makani

Kipaipai Kiauau
Kipaipai Kiauau

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