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For information about our Corporate Sponsorship Program, advertising on our website, to contact a representative of Puna Canoe Club, or if you have questions or concerns regarding our website, please feel free to contact us at the following. CONTACT INFORMATION: Mailing Address: P.O. Box 10724 Hilo, HI 96721 Email:  
  1. Cherisse Agorastos
    March 28th, 2012 at 21:43 | #1

    Aloha Hana,
    Sorry for the late response. We’ve just started paddling season. Our Keiki’s paddle Mon thru Thurs from 330pm to 5pm. Adults are 5pm women Mon, Wed, Fri. Men – Mon, Tues and Thursday. As for fees I believe the prices on the site are still valid.


  2. Serena Charmian
    May 1st, 2012 at 18:22 | #2

    I am looking to join a club for recreational paddling. I don’t have much experience paddling, but I am in very good shape for a “kapuna”. Let me know if you are still excepting new members as I am anxious to start. I notice you paddle in the late afternoon which is perfect for me as I am not an early morning person. I have more energy later in the day.

    Thank you for getting back to me as soon as possible. Mahalo!

  3. June 30th, 2012 at 09:42 | #3

    I too am a senior looking to join mostly for recreation and fitness as is my adult daughter (she will be interested in racing but needs training). What is the best way to talk to someone about these things?

  4. Mina Fjoskien
    August 19th, 2012 at 16:21 | #4

    Eh, we are coming from Mainland and staying in Kapoho. My husband would LUV to be able to paddle with your club. We will be there October 18th thrr Oct 22. Karl paddles on Golden Masters with Lanakila {seat 3/4}{ Al Ching} in Redondo Beach. Karl will be there for Queens race in Kona. He would like to catch up with someone then if it will help to facilitate this to happen in October (310) 947-4517 is Big Karls cell me (310) 648-0749 Mahalo Plenty for any assistance.

  5. Ku’ulei
    October 11th, 2012 at 12:42 | #5


    I was wondering when you can sign up for the upcoming new season??
    I just moved out to hilo and I would love to be part of the puna canoe club.

    Mahalo (:

  6. November 28th, 2012 at 17:09 | #6

    Aloha! I paddle in Santa Barbara on the mainland and will be visiting the Big Island this weekend. I was wondering if you will be doing any off season paddling because I would love to join!

  7. Kapua Christensen
    March 6th, 2013 at 07:07 | #7

    I recently moved to Hilo and would like to know what the practice schedule is. Would love to get back on the water.

  8. Amanda Burnell
    March 11th, 2013 at 14:55 | #8

    @Cherisse Agorastos
    Aloha! When does the 2013 practice begin for women? I just paid my dues, and am ready to paddle! Mahalos.

  9. Michele’ Padayao
    March 18th, 2013 at 06:36 | #9

    @Kapua Christensen
    Aloha Kapua,

    Our practices start on March 25 at 5pm. Women practice Monday, Wednesday & Fridays. Please come down!

    Michelé Padayao

  10. Allison
    March 26th, 2013 at 06:37 | #10

    I am moving to Hilo in about a yr. I would like to be part of a recreational paddle club. Is this possible? What are the requirements?

  11. Tasha Kamohai Kanuha
    April 1st, 2013 at 09:49 | #11


    We wanted to know when practice starts for the keiki (12 year old girls), what days it will be held on, and the time of practice.

    Mahalo, Kamohai/Kanuha’s

  12. susan ashley
    April 6th, 2013 at 07:15 | #12

    I will be in Hilo Ap 7-14 on business and would love to paddle in your warm water. I am an experienced paddler from Santa Cruz California, was on the SCOCC & ORSC OCC women’s racing team for years, but now I just paddle my own OC1 (too old to race now!), I also have an OC2 I sometimes use but prefer to go OC1. Can I rent or borrow a OC1??
    please let me know and thank you ahead of time for considering my request.
    warmly yours
    Susan Ashley
    cell 831-809-3456

  13. Jennifer Atkins
    April 26th, 2013 at 05:31 | #13

    The website’s looking good, and I’m glad to see all the updated info! One thing I did notice, though, was that the practice times for the women on the Members page is not correct. Women practice on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. I think all the rest of the listings for keiki and men are correct though.

    Mahalo and keep up the great work… 🙂

  14. Amanda Burnell
    May 22nd, 2013 at 11:25 | #14

    Please sign the petition to raise the ban on women’s canoeing in the Olympics!!! Mahalo nui loa!

    Peace In & Dreams Out,


  15. Jennie Berghuis
  16. Jennie Berghuis
    May 23rd, 2013 at 20:11 | #16


    Hi Allison, did anyone get back to you about this?

    Here is a link to our practice schedule.

    You’ll be required to attend every practice and be around most of the day for Saturday regatta’s for help, support, and racing.

  17. Jennie Berghuis
    May 23rd, 2013 at 20:12 | #17

    @susan ashley

    Hello Susan, sorry if no one contacted you before your trip. Feel free to email me if you have any further questions.

  18. Cyndi
    June 15th, 2013 at 21:46 | #18

    Just wanted to say that I used to be a part of this club back in the 90’s and my coach was Afa!! It was an awesome experience and an awesome club. I wish I was still paddling.

  19. Brandy
    June 29th, 2013 at 16:14 | #19

    What are the ages for Keiki’s to join? My boy is 7 and wanted to start paddling.

  20. Angela
    July 29th, 2013 at 12:23 | #20

    I am looking for information about your club, my daughter would like to paddle. We were wondering if you practice all year long, what days/times, and what the fees would be to join. (She is 10, and a total fish). We do play other sports, but her heart and passion is for the ocean! Mahalo.

  21. Barbara Brumet
    August 15th, 2013 at 15:32 | #21

    I am new in Hilo and would like to become involved in paddling. How do I go about this? Thanks Barb

  22. Jennie Berghuis
    September 21st, 2013 at 02:20 | #22

    Aloha Barbara and welcome to Hilo.

    Please take a look at our website starting next year, in March. We will begin practices around that time for Regatta season. As a beginner, you will be placed in a Novice B crew and will be taught the basics of paddling for sprint style racing. There will be a membership fee due after orientation if you decide you’d like to stick around. We are always looking for new board members as well if you’re interested. See you next year!

  23. Jennie Berghuis
    September 21st, 2013 at 02:40 | #23

    Looks like keiki membership fees are $45 for the first child, and $35 for the second. On our home page, we have a link on the right for a Paypal payment method, as well as a drop down menu list of fees. We will start Regatta Season practice next year around March, so please check our website for the updated schedule then.

    Mahalo for your interest in our club!

  24. Jennie Berghuis
    December 11th, 2013 at 06:02 | #24

    Ages 11-12 can start paddling, as in racing. If they’re age 7 and can swim, they can race “Specials”. They only practice once a week. -Michele (Kid’s Coach)

  25. Olivia
    March 19th, 2014 at 16:51 | #25

    Aloha no,

    my son is interested in paddling this & I just got on your website & see that I missed the meeting on the 10th. He is 13 years old, is there still time to enroll?

    Olivia Kekipi 960-8539

  26. Jennie Berghuis
    March 24th, 2014 at 07:40 | #26

    Yes, Hello.

    He can begin practice with us today if he likes. The kids practice, at the moment, is Monday/Tuesday/Thursday from 3:30pm-5:00pm at Bayfront. Puna Canoe Club is a couple of Halau’s left of the Bathrooms and our boats are green. I will also email you with information. Please come 15 minutes early to fill out a waiver form. Look for Coach Jeremy.

  27. Adrienne Reynolds
    March 28th, 2014 at 12:10 | #27

    How do I sign up for the 2014 season??

  28. peter
    April 1st, 2014 at 14:28 | #28


    I just wanted to get on a mailing list if you have one and like get on as a novice B. I was told 4:00 pm for new adults and I guess every thing is rain or shine here?

    Mahalo for manning the website.

  29. Jennie Berghuis
    April 5th, 2014 at 19:58 | #29

    The closest thing to a mailing list, though that’s a great idea, is our Puna Canoe Club Facebook page… PCC Facebook, which just got started up officially last year. It’s been quite useful for group events, practice time changes, and fundraising.

    As for Novice B practices, you are currently still teamed up with Open Women/Men practices, since the season is just starting. This may be tough for a beginner, but you’ll learn a lot very fast. Just jump right in!!!, and make sure to show up a little early to track down the coach so you can discuss your options. Be dressed and ready to hop in the boat. Club paddles are available. Please follow the current schedule for Open practices, which tend to start just before 5pm at our Halau. Warming up in advance with a quick run is always appreciated.

  30. Jennie Berghuis
    April 5th, 2014 at 20:03 | #30

    Registration forms and practice times are available on our website’s “Members” tab. To find further details about this season, click on our Home button on the upper left of our main page, and scan down the list of posts. Here is the direct link: Puna 2014 Regatta Season Information Page.

  31. Dennis Sallas
    July 30th, 2014 at 15:54 | #31

    Aloha my name is Dennis Sallas and i paddle for Waimanalo CC. I am trying to get in touch with Afa Tuaolo. would please give him my number or email address. 808-927-1632

  32. Jennie Berghuis
    August 18th, 2014 at 18:57 | #32

    I will give him your information.


  33. Linda Robb
    January 2nd, 2015 at 11:55 | #33

    I’m interested in paddling when you start practice. I haven’t paddled in 17 years due to a prior health issue, but am able to do more physical exercise now. I am looking to practice, but don’t want to race. Will you accept me in your club as a member? I live in HPP. Thank you. Linda Robb

  34. Gary Santos
    May 21st, 2015 at 10:59 | #34

    Aloha, my name is Gary Santos. I’m moving to the Big Island tomorrow, May 22d and I’m interested in paddling. I paddled Mixed Masters last Regatta season for Keahiakahoe (Unko Gilbert them). I’m 50 and can jump in with Mens 50’s, Mens 40s or a mixed crew. I’m trying to beat the registration deadline. My number is 321-4211. Please give me a call! Mahalo!

  35. kanoe kama
    June 22nd, 2015 at 21:13 | #35

    i was thinking about joining. my best friend told me about this club and I wanted to know more about this. I’m a teen so I’ll be considered as a keiki so it’ll be $45 first child& &35 additional. it will be held on mondays, tuesdays & thursdays from 3:30-5 pm. i would like to know more about his program and please get back to me soon. thank you -kanoe kama

  36. Waiola Randy Higa
    September 17th, 2015 at 21:34 | #36

    Aloha. I paddled with Keaukaha for the last 2 years but would like to transfer to Puna Canoe Club if you have a 60 and 65 teams (I am 66 now and in good health). I can paddle Tuesday and Thursday and third and fourth Mondays, no problem. (I have previous commitments on first and second Mondays). Also, when does regatta season practice begin. My phone is (808)383-9935 and you can call anytime. Mahalo. Waiola

  37. Nakamalei
    November 12th, 2015 at 09:48 | #37

    I wanted to sign my daughter up for paddling how do I go about doing that ?

  38. Kirsten
    April 25th, 2016 at 10:16 | #38

    Just checking on schedule for 2016 race days and location. Thank you
    And also schedule for 2016.

    Thank you
    K. Hughes

  39. Amy Paikuli
    May 13th, 2017 at 08:54 | #39

    I just paid for Moke Paikuli’s Boat Storage and Membership. The payments came under MY name, but are both meant for Moke!

  40. May 19th, 2017 at 15:06 | #40


    I have a company that would like to feature a canoe club on camera for a commercial. I have arranged for them to make a donation to the club that is featured.
    Can someone call me in regards to this? Great opportunity for Hilo community.

    Shawn Spillett
    Hana Productions

  41. Joanne Williams
    June 14th, 2017 at 23:41 | #41

    Hello im inquiring on setting up a lei booth at your Reggata race could someone please point me into that direction please you may contact me 8084985662

  42. Michael Machado
    July 6th, 2017 at 11:29 | #42


    I am checking if your club allows experienced paddlers to join a paddler practice during the weekend or weekday if there is a seat open. I am on holiday this week through July 13. I know that you have a Regatta this Saturday which I plan stopping by to see. I have paddled for Okalani Canoe Club out of Alameda, Calif (SF Bay Area) for the last 6 years. I am a kapuna, 64 years. I can also be reached at (925) 699 – 2421. Mahalo

    Michael Machado

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