Nominate and hike

The general meeting bought us all together to forge our new year together. Great things are happening! Besides a hike planned this Sat. (1/18) at 9:30 a.m. South Mountain on the Javelina Trail (5.4 mi.), club business includes nominations for our club President, Vice President and a Member at Large. Please send all nominations by Jan. 25 to our Secretary, Carolee at

And…Save the Dates!

  • January 26: Maintenance Day, this day is mandatory. 8 a.m.
  • Feb 16: Club Blessing
  • March 14 and 15: Aloha Festival
  • March 21: Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai Open House
  • March 28 and 29: AZDBA Dragon Boat Festival

**Volunteers are needed for these events**

Finally – we are supporting a fundraiser for SunGi Women’s Dragon Boat Team, who has won a berth to World Club Crew Championships in France in 2020. Please clean out your closets and bring gently used shoes and clothes to practices before the end of Feb. to help support them (and our Na Leo paddlers on the crew!).

2020 season’s meeting – Jan.12

Aloha and Happy New Year Na Leo Ohana! We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We have a general meeting  Sunday, Jan. 12, to go over the 2020 Season. If you have any suggestions or ideas for this year, please come and share them with the club. We depend on everyone to keep the club and the Keiki program moving forward into the future.

Meeting is @ 11am on Sunday January 12. For details, contact Malie Kawamoto (President) 480-395-4993 or 


Keiki’s Fantasy Light Boat Parade 2019 wins 1st prize

Fantasy Light Boat Parade 2019, our Na Leo Keiki’s entered with a Moana themed double hull. Huge Mahalos to all the parents for all your dedication and hardwork, especially Coach Christel and Coach Joey for your endless hours of brainstorming, organization and vision! It was an awesome night with all the Keiki’s and see it all come to life! All boat entries were pretty, unique and creative, amazing to see on our little lake. #1 prize for best new entry!79012452_2873666575985144_2578221996810698752_n.jpg79660690_2873667639318371_5799998216762032128_n.jpg

Fall fun – Another Dam Race

Beautiful sunsets are part of cool fall paddling and training for Another Dam Race in at Parker Dam, AZ on Nov. 2. Na Leo represents with crew Alicia Lin Kee, Art Keanini, Betty and Richard Flores, Eugene Williams and club president Malie Kawamoto. Go team! 72777694_2732084663476670_4862268643997646848_o.jpg

Arizona Ohana

Congratulations to Na Leo crews who competed in the Queen Liliuokalani Race in Kona, HI (18 miles, iron race) and Catalina Crossing (27 miles, change race). Two great adventures as we wind up the SCORA season. Way to go Alicia, Vince, Lena, Mari, Julie, Carol, Randy, Makana, Mark, Roko, Todd, and our Australian branch: Greg and company. Special congratulations to Mari on her first crossing and welcome to Makana on her first race (of many to come) with her new AZ ohana!




Hot, hotter, hottest paddling

Aloha! Na Leo O Ke Kai is beating the heat training at Tempe Town Lake and Saguaro Lake in preparation for the Catalina Crossing and Queen Liliuokalani 18-miler on Big Island. Our paddlers are also standing in solidarity with our Kupuna’s, Na Opio, Kanaka Maoli and the Kanaka Maoli by heart for Mauna Kea. Proud our members for supporting our beliefs and culture. You don’t have to be Hawaiian, you don’t have to live in Hawaii to feel and understand what’s going on and take a stance. 


Iron Champs winners!

It takes dedication and hard work to consistently improve yourself. Totally paid off for Na Le’s open co-ed UL team, taking 3rd place! We’re so proud of our team and our coed crew racing Spec. Way to push for each other, motivate each other and, most importantly, way to have fun together.

And our amazing keiki’s stepped up and raced outside of their age group. We are so proud of our keiki crews, their dedication, respect and support for each other! The experience and journey is not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.

Mahalo, Head Coach Vince and Lena, for trailering our canoes to the race and back.65526910_10216569508464619_5357302348286787584_o.jpg65391243_10220439082395611_5760266754206990336_o.jpg65804898_10220439097195981_7794501353086124032_o.jpg


Sunday Funday a blessing

Sunday Funday started with an early morning keiki huli drills, getting certified for SCORA races at Marina Del Rey and Irons Champs in San Diego. Then our annual Na Leo club blessing with the Tampos Ohana. Honoring our founders, past, present and future of Na Leo. Ending the day with adult huli drills. Mahalo to all who continue to perpetuate the Na Leo ohana and culture of outrigger!