Head Coach and Men’s Coach Vince San Nicolas, as a child traveled the world from Belgium to Korea and everywhere in between, before finally settling in Hawaii. He graduated from Kapolei High School in 2011, where he lettered in volleyball, then moved out to Arizona. He wanted to find a way to connect back to the island culture and the water itself, thus enters Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai. Vince has competed in many races in California, Arizona and Hawaii, including his first Moloka’i Hoe in 2015. He also competes in prone and SUP.
Women’s Coach Alicia Lin Kee was born and raised on Molokai and moved to Arizona in 1996. Alicia joined Na Leo O Ke Kai in 2006 because of the aloha spirit of the paddlers and to keep a close connection to home and the Hawaiian culture. She has raced and won medals in Arizona, California, Oregon and Hawaii, traveled and competed in events such as the Liberty Challenge, Around the Rock Alcatraz, The Gorge, Queen Lili’uokalani, Pailolo, Na Wahine O Ke Kai. She was also a member of two IVF World Sprint women’s crew in 2012 (Canada) and 2014 (Brazil).
Keiki Head Coach Christel Savoy was born in Wahiawa, HI, raised in Waianae and moved to the U.S. mainland as a teenager. She joined Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai in 2009, served as club president, competed in outrigger and dragon boat, and now leads the keiki team. “Our club keeps me grounded, connected to my roots and close to my heritage. Our keiki are a huge part of our club and indeed the future of Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai.”
Assistant Keiki Coach Joey Kau was born and raised on the island of Oahu. He graduated from St. Louis High School in 1997, where he did much of his paddling. In 2006, he moved from Oahu to Arizona with his wife and kids. After moving to Arizona, he wanted his kids to be a part of something that would allow them to stay culturally attached to Hawaii. In 2015, he got his kids involved with Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai. The spirit of aloha that Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai has is the reason he’s committed to the club.