Club History

Ho’okahi Pu’uwai Outrigger Canoe Club (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 fund raising 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 in age from 6 to 60+ that 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 enters crews to compete in all of the NCOCA sprint and long distance competitions, along with races in Southern California (Catalina Channel, Santa Barbara), Hawaii (Molokai Channel, Queen Lilioukalani Race) and New York (Liberty Challenge).


In the early long distance season, from April through the end of May, races typically range from 8 to 15 miles (3 to 5 miles for Novice). The sprint season lasts from June through July and consists of a series of regattas where clubs compete to gather points, culminating in the Sprint Championships at the end of the season. There are races to accommodate anyone who wants to paddle, from our keikis (kids) as young as 6 years old up to our Senior Masters over 60 years old. Races, ranging from 250 meters (for the keikis) up to 2000 meters match crews of similar age and experience. Long distance season starts up again in August and lasts until September with crews paddling in races around the Bay Area and in Hawaii.


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