Repairing Kama ‘O Kalani

The Waikoloa Canoe Club (WCC) is a non-profit organization that was started in 1985 by a group of paddling enthusiasts from the Waikoloa community. Our mission is to strengthen family and community relationships, improve ourselves both mentally and physically, help eliminate social differences, create positive interdependence, and help preserve local customs and traditions by perpetuating the sport of outrigger canoe racing.

Today, the Waikoloa Canoe Club is a thriving organization with 63 single and 57 family memberships representing over 200 adults and children in the greater Waikoloa community. ‘Ohana paddling continues to be as popular as ever, allowing both kama‘aina and visitors the opportunity to experience the sport of outrigger canoe paddling, three days a week. The WCC finished its best racing season ever with strong performances during the 2015 regatta and long distance season.

One of the challenges facing our club for 2016 is the need to refurbish our cherished koa canoe, Kama ‘O Kalani. Purchased by the WCC in 1991, Kama ‘O Kalani is in need of a major overhaul to keep it in peak racing and paddling condition. WCC has contracted with Ray Bumatay, the original builder of Kama ‘O Kalani, to complete the needed repairs.

Work on our canoe will include, but is not limited to:

  1. Remove the twist in the front and back manu and straighten.
  2. Repair the entire bottom deck with wider planks that will eliminate all the years of patching.
  3. Rebuild the front and back to remove the bulges in the hull.
  4. The addition of rocker for better turning.

Basically, this is going to be a complete repair from front to back, top to bottom, inside and out of our koa canoe, Kama ‘O Kalani. The cost to repair Kama ‘O Kalani is $40,000. Membership dues and the annual fundraisers the club sponsors do not provide enough revenue to pay for the significant cost to bring Kama ‘O Kalani back to its original condition. In order to pay for the necessary repairs, the WCC Board of Directors has launched a $40,000 fundraising campaign to pay for the complete rebuilding of the canoe.

The club is asking its members, friends, and local corporate sponsors to support the campaign by making a contribution to the Kama ‘O Kalani Campaign Fund. Gifts can be pledged over a 3-year period beginning in 2015 through 2017. Each of us has to make our own decisions regarding our personal gifts based on our own individual circumstances, but we are hoping you will consider a minimum gift by matching your annual dues. For family members that would be $175 per year or $525 over the 3 year pledge period. For single members, $125 per year or $375 over the 3 year pledge period. Of course, gifts of any size are needed and appreciated. Please note, gifts are not in lieu of your memberships dues and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Please complete and return this pledge form at your earliest convenience.

On behalf of all who benefit from the Waikoloa Canoe Club, many mahalos for your support of this important effort. If you have questions, please contact John Ciambrone, campaign chair, at or 805-570-3586, or any member of the board of directors. Mahalo!