- Learn more about the O'ahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association


The Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association (OHCRA) is a 501(c)3  non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the sport of Hawaiian Koa canoe racing. As a member of the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association, OHCRA holds over 30% of their membership with over 3000 paddlers. OHCRA is the largest Canoe Racing Association in the state.

Established in 1979, OHCRA is the proud producer of the Na Wahine O Ke Kai and Molokai Hoe, the Molokai to Oahu canoe races considered around the globe to be the World Championships of canoe paddling. Celebrating 45 years in 2024, OHCRA continues to be a dominating force in the sport of outrigger canoe paddling. OHCRA comprises 20 member clubs and affiliates. Running year round programs, OHCRA proudly hosts 24 racing events including preseason, regatta and long distance courses. 

Our principle purposes are to:

  • Engage in, promote, encourage participation in and provide education and instruction in Hawaiian culture through canoeing and other related activities on a local, national, and international level.

  • Encourage, maintain and perpetuate authentic Hawaiian canoe racing and preservation of Hawaiian Koa canoes; and to teach and preserve the art and culture of Hawaiian canoe racing.

  • Promote competitive inter-club, inter-island, and international Hawaiian canoe racing.

Our Mission

  • To maintain and perpetuate Hawaiian culture through the promotion of Hawaiian watersports

  • To teach, train, instruct and expose children, men, and women in the ancient art, craft and history of Hawaiian canoeing

  • To provide means and facilities for activities to foster the development and maintenance of strong and healthy minds, bodies, and spirits among all people

  • To provide opportunities for the interaction and communion of people in the interest of mental and social well-being

  • To promote international canoe racing competition

OHCRA is the official organizer of the Na Wahine O Ke Kai and  Molokai Hoe, Molokai to Oahu world championship canoe races, which are regarded as the world championship of outrigger canoe racing. Paddlers from around the world canoe convene at the esteemed Hale O Lono on Molokai to compete and test their skills in the Kaiwi channel.

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