Formation and History of the Waikiki Beachboys Canoe Club
The Waikiki BeachBoys Canoe Club (WBBCC) was formed in 1973 by a
group of Waikiki BeachBoys that all had a similar vision but paddled
for different clubs. They decided to come together to form a club
that would promote the image of the original Waikiki BeachBoys… men
who respected the ocean and mastered the skills of surfing and outrigger
canoe paddling, while spreading the spirit of Aloha. The original
founders of WBBCC were: Kimo Makua, Ted Bush, Bob Nagatani and Moku
Kamaka. These BeachBoys walked up and down Waikiki beach, collecting
$25 from friends and tourists to help finance a canoe for the club.
Each person who donated money was deemed an honorary member of the
club, and received a certificate from WBBCC.
The first canoe
purchased with this donated money was blessed in 1974 by the Reverend
Abraham Akaka and named the Kai Kane. Soon to follow were the Kai
O Wahine and the Kai O Keiki in 1975, the Kai O Kapoe in 1976 and
the Malolo II in 1978, all fiberglass, malia molds. The WBBCC's Koa
wood canoe was created in 1980 by Ray Bumatay and Alec Apo and named
the Kamoho Ali'i. WBBCC also acquired two Hawaiian Racers, the Ana
Koa in 1983 and the Kalele O Nalani in 1984. The most recent purchases
were the two Bradley canoes, the Kahu Moku Kamaka and the Kai Pi'i,
as well as a Mirage canoe named Lehua Kona.
In the mid 1970’s, WBBCC began sponsoring the WBBCC pre-season
long distance race. This was the first race to incorporate the challenging
waters of Diamond Head as it ran all the way from Magic Island to
Black Point and back. Today, it is the most popular pre-season race
and attracts more than 100 crews from all over the Islands.
1979, WBBCC created and hosted the WBBCC Waikiki Invitational
Regatta, added as an unofficial race during the Hui Wa’a regatta season.
This sprint race in and out of the surf in Waikiki is a popular event
for both competitors and spectators. Due to the limited lane space,
crews must qualify for an invitation through their performance in
prior regattas. WBBCC has hosted this event continuously since 1979,
canceling only twice due to high surf conditions.
1995, WBBCC again broke new ground hosting the first downwind
multi-craft event, Choose Your Weapon. The course from Hawaii
Kai to Waikiki includes competitors on paddleboards, surf skis
and one-man canoes. In 1999, 6-man canoes were added to the race,
increasing its popularity and making it the only pre-season down-wind
race for 6-man canoes. Each year the race draws more than more
than 300 participants and is followed by a lively lunch and awards
continues to promote the image of the original Waikiki BeachBoys
and the spirit of Aloha through its paddling events and its members.
A number of the members still work the beaches of Waikiki and
some are employed as lifeguards and firemen, patrolling the shores
of Hawaii, making the waters safe and enjoyable for residents
and tourists. Furthermore, its paddlers continue to strive towards
excellence in performance and are determined to stop nowhere
short of World Champions. The 2006 women won the most prestigious
event of the regatta season, the Senior Women’s
race at the State Championships. They placed an amazing third in
Na Wahine O Ke Kai, the World Championships of long distance canoe
racing, and are continuing their way towards the top of that most
first long distance crew and coach:
Ted Bush, Ben Garces, Kimo Makua, Aki Akiyama, Mel Mau, Mel Pauole,
Ricky Lam, Herman Koa, Steve Elliot, Grant Glissold, David Petersen,
George Waikoloa. Coach: Moku Kamaka, with assistance by Ray Bumatay,
Bob Nagatani and Pete Adams.
Past Presidents of WBBCC:
Polo Simeona, Alex Apo (longest term), David Kalu, Billy Kamaka,
Blackie Kalua, Kuumomi Ho, Derrick Uyema, Dolan Eversole, Rome Esperanza-Stein
and Cory Beall
Officers of WBBCC:
Carol Torgerson-Kuahulu, Ginette Huddy, Ted Bush, Linda Liese,
Rae Kamaka, Cindy Summers, Neil Peltier, Jo Clark, Mimi Donnelly,
Sandi Beauregard, Tom Allen, Kevin Allen, Ian Forester, Cory Beall,
Joanna Stark, Malia Eversole, Trevor Orr, Guy Pere, Kirsten Smith,
Meredith Takara, Andrew Roth, David Baynes, Andrea Messer, Raymon
Orange, Rachel Orange, Cherie Lee, and Mark Bennor.
Moku Kamaka, Alex Apo, Dukie Kuahulu, James Koko, Blackie Kalua,
Moana Huddy, Kimo Makua, Blue Makua Sr., Ginette Huddy, Bob Nagatani,
Keith Keillor, Donna Aukai, Frenchy Luttgau, Ted Bush, Junior Kaai,
Derrick Uyema, Neil Peltier, Gail Tomita, Billy Reese, Kalani Coito,
Kuumomi Ho, Ed Whaley, Paul Merino, Ronald Lopes, Kala Judd, Ian
Forester, Tom Allen, Trevor Orr, Guy Pere, Eric Chun, Cory Beall,
Darryl Hara, Tom Damon, Jennifer Bossert , Meredith Takara, Susan
Brown, Oin Cenal and Sean Monahan.