Our Mission Statement:

The Hawaii Canoe & Kayak Team’s mission is to encourage, maintain, perpetuate, advance the knowledge for, and develop the skill of Olympic style canoeing and kayaking and, by so doing, promote the general welfare and education of the community in Hawai’i.

A one-time, one-year grant from the United States Olympic Committee in 1988 launched a long-term development effort designed for junior athletes in Hawai’i. The Hawai‘i Kayak Club was transformed into the Hawai‘i Canoe & Kayak Team to implement grant

In 1992 and 1996, Peter Newton and Tracy Phillps became the first HCKT paddlers to make the Olympic Sprint Kayak Team, and Wyatt Jones became the first Hawai’i paddler to represent the United States in the Olympic Canoe.

The 2000 Olympic Team added Kathy Collin, a Punahou graduate who had started kayaking in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Surf Ski Competitions. The 2004 Athens Olympics included Kathy Collin and Andrew Bussey, both graduates of Punahou High School, and Lauren Spaulding-Barlett of Māui.

Ryan Dolan of Kailua earned the berth to the 2012 London Olympics for the United States in the Sprint Kayak 200 meter.

The first kayaks were introduced to Hawai’i over 50 years ago at the Ala Wai Boat House. John Bustard, heading the Amateur Athletic Union [AAU], envisioned the great potential for finding Olympic talent in the 50th State. In 1959, he said “With our natural interest and ability in water sports, and a vast field of outrigger canoe paddlers to draw from, kayak racing could be a natural for Hawai‘i.”

In 1979 the introduction of the “surf-ski” kayak from Australia breathed life back into competitive kayaking allowing paddlers the experience of open ocean conditions through race circuits such as the Kanaka Ikaika Race Association.



Bantam programs offered for the keiki teaching them the proper techniques using surf skis, stand up paddle boards, kayaks and water safety.

Programs currently offered for ages 8-14:

  • Year-Round Ocean Sports
  • Ka Nohona Kai Ocean Sports Camp for Spring and Summer


This program will emphasize the development of proper ocean skills for surtski racing, physical conditioning, and preparation for competition in Olympic style kayaking.

USA C/K Sprint Olympic Team Trials April 29-30, 2016

The USA C/K Sprint Olympic Team Trials for the 2016 Olympic Games will be hosted by LCKC at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue in Gainesville, GA

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2016 USA National Team Coaches and Team Leader Selection – HCKT Coach Zsolt and Melissa Lum

HCKT Coach Zsolt and Melissa Lum selected to be the 2016 USA National Team Coach and Team Leader

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HCKT is a non profit 501(c)(3) organization.  Your tax deductible donations will help grow our club programs which will allow our young athletes the opportunity to achieve their paddling goals and enforce our mission statement.  Thank you for your support!