Hiram Anakalea Sr.

Paddling Since: 2007

Coaching Since: 2010

Richard Kimitete

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This page is dedicated to our volunteer coaching staff. These dedicated paddlers have volunteered their time to teaching the next generation of paddlers. We thank them for their hard work and commitment!


"I was Raised in Pearl City, Oahu and graduated from Kamehameha, Kapalama. I’m married (Charlene) and we have three kids (Thomas, Rebekah & Ruth).

I love to coach because it is a way I can give back. When my family and I had to face a serious health issue, we did not do it alone. God was with us and he moved people from this community and from around the state to open their hearts and pocketbooks to help us. I can never repay everyone. I coach so that kids can have a safe and positive activity to participate in and to help them become the best paddlers and young adults they can be."

-Coach Dan Mersburg

Poenaiki Kimitete

Paddling Since: 1989

Coaching Since: 2010

Daniel Mersburg

Paddling Since: 2008

Coaching Since: 2010

Lopaka Ke'aina'aina

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Coaches Corner

"Coaching is all about having someone believe in you and encouraging you, giving you valuable feedback, about seeing things from a new perspective and setting your sights on new horizons."       - Author Unknown

Kai 'Ehitu Coaches

Nue & Amber


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Georgine Pelekane- Kaimiola

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"I remember paddling with Liliu'okalani Canoe Club in the early 80's for a short while but wanted to play more than paddle back then.

In 1994 I [paddled with Kai Opua coached by Billy Bates, and in 2008 Novice A's with T-Lissia'a

I started coaching in 2010- Boys 12, 13, and 14 for Kai Opua. Then in 2012 I began coaching along side Po'e for Kai 'Ehitu's Novice B program (men & women)"

-Coach Chris Vasquez


"In 2012, I coached the ages of 12's & 13's, Boys & Girls. Both ages qualified for the State Championship in O'ahu last August.

This season i will be coaching 12's/ 13's/ 14's both Boys & Girls, with me is Georgine Kaimiola.

I love the sport of paddling. It's a passion that my ohana enjoys, and meeting new ohana's as well. It keeps everyone healthy and our culture alive!!"

-Coach Hiram Anakalea

Jerome Kanuha



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