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About Us

The Ohana Wa'a logo

Ohana Wa'a Outrigger Canoe Center was founded in 2005. The founders wanted to race in long distance races out of the area. They traveled to various sites in order to practice. Sites included: Petaluma Marina, Buck's Landing, Benicia Marina, and Black Point. In 2011 with the generosity of Napa Valley Yacht Club, Ohana was able to call Napa their permanent home.


Outrigger canoes gather in the Napa River turning basing in Downtown Napa for Paddle for a Cure


Our fleet of canoes


Our first canoe purchased by founders as a way to compete in long distance races and exotic races out of the area. This is a Mirage brand canoe.

Name means: lively, spiritual, adventurous


A Malia Canoe came from Kilohana OCC in 2010. It’s an original boat from Ke Anuenue and one of the association original club canoes. 

Name means: rainbow


Our 2nd Mirage Outrigger Connection canoe came from Mendocino OCC. Purchased in 2010.

Name means: Live the life of the sea

John O'Brien (JOB)

Our only Bradley canoe. Was on loan from He'e Nalu OCC (San Rafael) then we purchased it in 2016. Restored by Ohana members in 2017 to 2018.

John O'Brien was named in memory of an individual that was inspirational and personified the true spirit of He’e Nalu. John designed and built a delta power boat, raced sailboats, surfed, windsurfed and at the age of 63 discovered paddling.


Our canoe is dedicated in honor of him for his passion for paddling and for the love and ohana he felt for He’e Nalu and the outrigger community. 


A Malia canoe purchased from Kaimanu (San Leandro) in 2020. 

Haunani Kamakani

A Mirage canoe purchased in 2020 from Kaimanu. 

Named after the sister of a Kaimanu paddler. 

Name meanings:

Haunani - beautiful dew

Kamakani  - the wind


Keith & Murry Brandt, Phil Herve, Sue Pearson & Reggie Pearson

The number "7" represents our canoe or those ancestors past who we may be carrying in our canoe


Sean Latorre

Tom & Danna Wong

Michelle Domingo

Coach Bailie

Our coaches and Board members show off their paddle skills.

Board of Directors

Sheri Blades, President

Sean Latorre, VP 

Kelly Wheat, Treasurer

Martha Halper, Secretary

Our fleet of outrigger canoes.


Tom & Danna Wong

We are proud members of the NCOCOA

Proud members of the

Northern California

Outrigger Canoe Association


We are proud members of the Napa Yacht Club

Proud members of the

Napa Valley Yacht Club

who we thank for allowing us to launch from their location.

Where to Find Us


Mailing Address:

PO Box 5634

Napa, CA 94581

We launch from:

100 Riverside Drive.

Napa, Ca 94559

We practice most Saturdays from March through November. Practice times vary throughout the week during our season. Please check out our schedule.

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