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Our Story

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.


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: Mike Martinez, Brad Segundo, Uncle Eddie. The mold sits at Berkeley at Alameda Island. All the Banfields have raced it because it’s been around for so long.
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 then we purchased it in 2016. Currently being restored by Ohana members.

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. 

Koa Kahiko

Our 2nd Malia. Koa Kahiko is in need of major restoration. We hope to fundraise and make the time to bring this canoe back to glory. Kona Kahiko means: Veteran, old soldier.

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