Aloha! E Komo Mai!

Aloha everyone!
For the rest of the year, here is the practice schedule:

Thursdays 6:00 pm Open Paddle
Saturdays  8:00 am Open paddle

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask via email or in person to your coaches (Kui or Ilona) or any board member (Andy, Lisa, Amy 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!