Nā Kai `Ewalu continuously holds fundraisers and has successfully obtained a grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to help with our koa project.  We team up with Queen Ka`ahumanu Center and Leilani’s for long distance races we host.  Our club’s annual operating budget usually exceeds $70,000, which does not include the purchase of a new canoe.  These expenses include maintenance and repair of canoes, equipment and of our canoe hale, regatta entry fees, regatta assessment fees, insurance and general administrative expenses and keiki program costs.  Our needs have grown since we are in the process of building a new koa canoe.

John Wilmington III Regatta

Queen Ka`ahumanu FundraiserJohn S. Wilmington III "Papa John"

(12/6/1916 - 12/16/1992)

Papa John was one of Nā Kai `Ewalu's founding members.

He was married to Ann Chang and worked for HC&S. He was NKE's outstanding treasurer for 20 years. He loved the keiki of Nā Kai `Ewalu and did whatever he could to support them. He had a golden heart and an open pocket book, especially for the kids. Papa John helped form the Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association (MCHCA) and officiated at all regatta's, including the State races. Nā Kai `Ewalu originally hosted the "King Kamehameha Day Regatta", but in 1987 NKE decided to honor Papa John while he was still alive. Nā Kai `Ewalu proudly sponsors the “John Wilmington III Regatta."

This season, Nā Kai `Ewalu hosted the opening regatta on Saturday, May 30, 2015. It was a gorgeous day in Kahului Harbor. There was a slight breeze, flat with some occasional bumps on the inside lanes. For the first time, we had a food truck oasis which including 808 Plates, Jaws, Dibs on Ribs and Outrigger Pizza. We also had a highly successful silent auction thanks to all of our donors! There was a native Hawaiian plant sale, massages and other craft and vendor booths. Unfortunately the day ended way too early...a 10+ foot tiger shark and hammer head were spotted in the Harbor so our racing association made the decision to cancel the rest of the regatta.

Congratulations to our keiki and novice paddlers for a strong showing and winning multiple medals for NKE.
This meant we had more time for after regatta celebrating. Thank you to Ryan Robinson for playing a much extended set. He got the party started right; he got the party started quickly. The night ended with a DJ and lots of dancing.
A great big mahalo to our Chairperson, Shahlia Wainui for all your  time, Lani Snipes and Trisha Daunhauer for chairing the silent auction, Pete Hamill for coordinating the food trucks and ALL of our members for working hard to put a fabulous regatta together. We set the bar high!

See you all on June 18, 2016 for our John Wilmington III Regatta.

Challenge Cup

Queen Ka`ahumanu FundraiserHeld on April 23, 2017
NKE invites Maui Businesses to come to the Harbor to jump in a Hawaiian outrigger canoe to race 1/8 mile. It is a fun way to share with our community our love for canoe paddling. 2017 made 35 years of holding this race. A small awards ceremony follows the race.


Queen Ka`ahumanu Iron Women's Canoe Race

Queen Ka`ahumanu FundraiserAugust 26, 2017
The race course is from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor. Divisions include Novice (Open steersperson), Open, Master and 50+ women’s crews, OC-6 canoes only. The women enjoy brunch and awards after the race.



Great Kahakuloa

Queen Ka`ahumanu FundraiserAugust 27, 2016
This race starts at Maliko Gulch and ends at Hanakao`o. Divisions include Open Women, Open Men, Master Men, 50+ men. All are OC-6 canoes only. Lunch and awards follow.


Fundraiser Forms

  • 2015 Donation Form

Details about Forms/Submission/Due Date.