BEST CANOE CLUB
Contrary to popular opinion, Hawai’i’s official state sport is not surfing. It’s outrigger canoe paddling. And whether you do it for recreation or competition, joining a canoe club can do more for you than working those shoulder muscles. Canoe clubs provide a community of neighbors and visitors who’re generally stoked to incorporate a little aerobic exercise with the chance to learn more about Hawaiian culture, while checking out fellow cruisers like green sea turtles, stingrays, dolphins and humpback whales. Aside from the excitement of regatta season, the Kihei Canoe Club’s biggest focus is clearly on that community spirit. You’ve seen their yellow and red canoes at every beachside event and you know they’re not shy or greedy—instead, they welcome you with open arms into their ‘ohana. For more info, visit www.kiheicanoeclub.com. Located on Ka Lae Pohaku Beach, at the north end of Kihei Rd., 879-5505.
runner-up: kahana (sc)