Kala Kukea Canoe Challenge Sponsored by Hui Nalu Canoe Club


Join Hui Nalu Canoe Club at the Kala Kukea Canoe Challenge on Saturday, April 27, 2024 at beautiful Maunalua Bay

Race Background: The Kala Kukea Ironman challenge had its first year in 1996, honoring him just 3 months after his passing. Kala was a Rescue Captain with the Honolulu Fire Department, and long time Hui Nalu Canoe club co-coach for over 25 years. Upon graduating from Kamehameha Schools, Kala won an honorary Appointment to West Point. After commissioning in the Infantry and Airborne Ranger Schools, Kala came back to Hawaii to be assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks. Shortly after, Kala was deployed to Vietnam, where he lead platoons and a company into combat. He also served as Company executive Officer Candidate School in Ft. Banning. Georgia.

His military background included being awarded two Bronze stars, the Air Medal, the Combat Infantry badge and a Purple Heart. In the early 70s, Kala joined the Honolulu Fire department, and in 1975 was assigned to the Special Rescue Squad, where his unit continued to save numerous lives throughout his career. Kala`s son, Nalu, continues in Kala`s footsteps as a firefighter, a champion paddler and a person of great Integrity.

In his honor, and continued respect for his family, son Nalu and grandchildren, Hui Nalu is proud to be able to continue this race annually.