Hui Nalu, the "Club of the Waves", was founded in 1908 by Duke Kahanamoku, Knute Cottrell and Ken Winter. Based at the Moana Hotel in Waikiki, swimming was the primary activity of the club in the early years. Club members also enjoyed surfing, canoe paddling and kanikapila.
Hui Nalu's mission is to provide educational activities for individuals, families and the community revolving around ocean activities. The summer regatta season involves age group and open races in lengths from 1/4 to 1-1/2 miles. The ages of the participants range from 10 to 70+ years. Hui Nalu Canoe Club also sponsors a pre-season race in Maunalua Bay dedicated to former head coach Kala Kukea, as well as a regular season regatta to honor former coach John D. Kaupiko. Long distance racing is limited to the adult divisions with occasional exceptions.