Outrigger canoe paddling was first brought to the Arizona and the Valley of the Sun by Lono and Lousie Navarro in 1997. Bringing the first outrigger canoes from California, they started the first Arizona outrigger canoe club, naming it Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai or “The Voices of the Sea”. Our membership’s purpose is to educate and inform our community about our Polynesian heritage. Most importantly, we promote the traditions and competitive sport of Hawaiian outrigger voyaging and racing, which is an important part of this heritage.
Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai is a diverse family of paddlers, with adult, youth and keiki programs. We compete in regatta and outrigger races in California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii, co-sponsor the Tempe Town Lake Outrigger Regatta, and are one of the member clubs of SCORA (Southern California Outrigger Racing Association). We also have recreational paddlers who paddle with us and join in our Ohana while enjoying the water, fun and friendship.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
TO REVIVE, DEVELOP, PERPETUATE AND PROMOTE THE HAWAIIAN TRADITIONS THROUGH EDUCATIONAL, RECREATIONAL, CULTURAL AND COMPETITIVE HAWAIIAN OUTRIGGER CANOEING PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS AND YOUTHS, IN A SAFE, HEALTHY AND NURTURING ENVIRONMENT