Aloha! E Komo Mai!

Aloha everyone!
It’s always a great time of the year when we see a jump in our energy level as we prepare for our upcoming race season and new year!
For those that have an interest in paddling this year, please meet with Coaches Kui and Amy they’ll get you up to speed about the upcoming race season and what’s new and what’s the same. Long course, short course races are open to ALL paddlers of our club regardless of age or skill level however your coaches will have the final say on which level of competition you should be in. If you’re unsure if you can even do a race, come out anyway and have a conversation with them. If you want to race, they’ll make sure you’ll be prepared physically and mentally BEFORE you even hit the waters of California and maybe even Hawaii!!
We’re always recruiting new members so come out on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings (times listed below). For newer members, hopefully you’re intrigued enough to come back and bring your kids, family and friends too! Although Team Arizona is about staying active by racing on the water we’re also about building an Ohana, a family of friends so even if you don’t race with us, we still welcome you to join us and have fun on the lake throughout the year! Future events will include and a few trips to Saguaro and Lake Pleasant. We’ll keep you posted.
For the rest of the month, here is the practice schedule:

Tuesdays 6:00 pm Open Paddle
Saturdays 9:00a Open paddle

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask via email or in person to your coaches or any board member (Andy, Carlos, Sofia and Diana)!!

Our History

allenCoach Allen started paddling in the mid 1960’s with the Leeward Kai Canoe Club, founded by Henry and Edith Van Gieson. The club consisted of many families, specifically the Pachecos, Mahoes, Lasconias, Lizares, Nahaleas, Hanohanos, Abads, Rapozas, and many more. Leeward Kai Canoe Club was a family oriented club where all members came together to paddle and help the club.In 1968, Coach Allen left Hawaii to serve in the Navy.  After serving four years in the Navy, Coach Allen moved to San Diego in 1972.  It was in San Diego that he met Jim Ako and other local people from Hawaii.

In 1976, San Diego’s first canoe club was established.  It started as a recreational club, allowing locals to enjoy what they missed from back home.  This later became Kai Elua Outrigger Canoe Club.  In 1982 Coach Allen became a part of the Budweiser Outrigger Team in San Diego.

thankyou-1After moving to Arizona, Coach Allen founded Team Arizona (TAZ) Outrigger Canoe Club in 2004.  After a two year battle with pancreatic cancer, Coach Allen passed away in 2009.

Team Arizona proudly paddles in loving memory of Coach Allen, and strives to honor him each and every time we are in the canoe together.

Our Missions and Philosophies


to promote the Hawaiian culture through competitive and recreational outrigger canoe paddling for youth (keikis), family (ohana), and the community.


  • Respect:  Treat people, places, and things like they are special.
  • Integrity:  Choose right over wrong.
  • Humility:  Be humble, and a good sport.
  • Enthusiasm:  Be happy in everything you do.
  • Knowledge:  Learn, share, and have an open mind.
  • Friendship:  Make friends for life.
  • Leadership:  Guide, teach, encourage, enjoy.
  • Culture:  Promote competitive and recreational outrigger canoe paddling.


Team Arizona holds Open Practices

Thursday Evenings       6:00pm (Open Practice)

Saturday Mornings     8:00am (Open Practice)


Practices are held on the north side of Tempe Town Lake at the marina.

Directions to the marina:

  • From Loop 202 in Tempe, exit on Scottsdale Road and head North.  You must immediately get into the leftmost lane.
  • Turn at the first left on E. Gilbert Dr.
  • Follow E. Gilbert Drive westward and the marina entrance is right after the overpass (horse stables to the left).
  • Park on the East side of the marina and look for the dock nearest the bathrooms.  We gather on the west side at the bench under the only tree there.
550 E. Tempe Town Lake Tempe, Arizona 85281
550 E. Tempe Town Lake Tempe, Arizona 85281
map to Tempe Town Lake
map to Tempe Town Lake
view of the dock where we push off facing Sun Devil Stadium
view of the dock where we push off facing Sun Devil Stadium


Contact TAZ!

questions?  Feel free to email us!