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Foodland's Annual Community Matching Gifts Program

For the month of September, Foodland's (and Sack-N-Save) Annual Community Matching Gifts Program returns. Customers are invited to make a donation up to $249 to participating non-profit organizations including Nā Kai `Ewalu.

If you are going to race this upcoming season, we encourage you to make a donation.

Here's How It Works:
1. You must use your Maika'i card.
2. Specify your donation to Na Kai Ewalu (code number 77924).
3. Your donation will be added to your grocery purchase total.
4. Text a picture of your receipt to Ashley Jung (808) 359-4762 or email it to

Mahalo for supporting Nā Kai `Ewalu!

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Ho`onanea at Rock & Brews - Thursday, July 14th!

Thursday, July 14, 2015 5:00pm-9:00pm

Rock & Brews has graciously opened it's doors to host a fundraiser for NKE. A portion of all food and drink sales will be donated to the Club. We will have a Silent Auction including Swimsuits, Rounds of Golf, Piiholo Zipline, Curtis Cost 'Verdue' giclee, Leilani's, Hula Grill gift certificates and much more! There will also be Giveaways and NKE Merchandise for sale.

Contact Rosie at (808) 446-1484 if you'd like to donate silent auction items or have any questions.

Click image for full size poster with event info!

July 14 Event Flyer

NKE Hosts Queen Ka`ahumanu and Great Kahakuloa

Saturday, August 27, 2016: Queen K
Sunday, August 28, 2016: Great Kahakuloa

NKE will be hosting the annual Queen Ka`ahumanu Women's Iron Canoe Race on Saturday, August 27th from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor. The following day, Sunday, August 28th, NKE will be hosting the annual Great Kahakuloa Race from Maliko Gulch to Canoe Beach.

Contact Shahlia Wainui for more information at

Click image for event packet and information!

Queen Kaahumanu Flyer      Great Kahakuloa Flyer

NKE featured in The Maui News!

Surge continues for Na Kai Ewalu with six victories

By Robert Collias
Staff Writer

Maui News Feature

KAHULUI – Things are on the upswing for Na Kai Ewalu Canoe Club.

The purple-clad paddlers won last year’s A Division state championship, and are continuing to hold their own in the powerful Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association.

The trend didn’t stop Saturday in the John Wilmington III Regatta at Kahului Harbor – the host club won five events, capped by an impressive performance in the freshman women’s race.

Jessica Ford, Stephanie Franklin, Shahlia Wainui, Pua Fukuda, Erin Kamai and Amy Peterson won for the second time in three regattas this season, crossing the finish line in their 1-mile race in 9 minutes, 50.45 seconds – 17.5 seconds in front of second-place Napili.

“We’re very excited,” Franklin said. “We’re lucky to represent Na Kai Ewalu. Our club is on the up and up. We’re starting to rise in the right direction. It’s good to get all the support from all of our members.”

Na Kai Ewalu president Jake Freeman said the club has more than 150 active members.

“We’ve had a good resurgence,” Freeman said. “The kids’ program is outstanding this year and only getting better as the season goes on. The women’s program has come out in force this year and they’re also only getting better.”

Franklin’s commitments to the club include more than racing – she also helps coach the keiki.

“They’re probably my biggest supporters,” Franklin said. “They’re like, ‘There’s coach Steph in the boat,’ so it’s great to be able to share this with them.”

Na Kai Ewalu finished fourth in the team standings with 61 points. Hawaiian won with 158, and Kihei was second with 81.

Na Kai Ewalu’s other wins came in the women’s, men’s, and mixed novice B races, men’s novice A and men’s 40.
Wainui said the morning races, which include the novice and keiki events, set the tone for the day.

“Our kids’ crews this year have been amazing,” she said. “We’ve got a bunch of kids this year, brand-new kids, some of them who have never paddled before and they’re medaling. It makes us adults have to work harder because if we see the kids walking around with medals – you know, we have to represent, too.”

Wainui is the niece of veteran head coach Boogie Wainui.

“With the Wainui name, there’s always a ton of pressure to perform up to that standard,” Whahlia Wainui said. “But as a Wainui, I take that on. I’m proud, I try and instill that pride and humility within all of our members, and then it grows everybody culturally as well. We’re culturally minded now, as well, with the inclusion and respect that comes with that name.”

Collias, Robert. “Surge continues for Na Kai Ewalu with six victories.” The Maui News KAHULUI 19 Jun. 2016: B1. Print.

Save the Date! July 3rd Kalua Pig Sale!

Our Kalua Pig sale is fast approaching. We hope you are selling your tickets as this is one of the Club's largest fundraisers. Monies from sales goes to general expenses like our electric bill, insurance, regatta expenses, equipment maintenance, etc.

Pickup Sunday, July 3rd
10am-12pm @ Ho`aloha Park, Kahului Harbor
1 lb. tub for $10.00

We need everyone's help:
- Saturday, July 2nd (Imu Prep, Season & Wrap Pork, Load Imu)
- Sunday, July 3rd (Unload Imu, Clean Imu, Shred, Pack and Distribute Kalua Pig)

See Trisha Daunhauer for tickets and to sign up for a work shift. Call her at 357-0938.

Mahalo for Another Successful Challenge Cup!

2016 Challenge Cup

Mahalo to those Companies and individuals that supported our 34th Annual Challenge Cup on Sunday, April 17th, 2016 and congratulations to those crews who won their division. It was another gorgeous Maui day. NKE enjoyed watching the races, the comradery and good clean competition. We hope that everyone had fun! We will see you on the water next year.

Bruce & Irene Yoakum
Kyӓni Independent Distributors
Boom Boom Kyӓni – Keiki winners
CDF Engineering – Open Mix, Open Men & Overall winners
The Freeloaders – Novice Men winners
Crystal Springs – Novice Women winners
Bixed – Novice Mix winners
Hawaii Life
Jessica Ford Ohana and friends
NKE World Sprints Ladies
Pride Of Maui
Team Maui Kapakahi (Tracy Stice)
NKE Members
Maui Marking Device

NKE's Annual Regatta and Silent Auction

We host our regatta on Saturday, June 18th and will be having a silent auction.

Everyone is encouraged to reach out to families, businesses, friends, etc., for donations as this is one of our largest fundraisers! Please share the Silent Auction Letter with all!

2016 Regatta Silent Auction Solicitation (PDF)


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