Head Coach Cy Kalama started paddling at age 9 at Kai Oni Canoe Club for his Uncle Stew and Aunty Shirley Kalama. He won his first gold medal at age 14. He’s paddled with Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club and Lanikai Canoe Club. In 1979, he paddled his first Molokai Channel with Lanikai. As coach of Kailua Canoe Club’s Novice B men they won the State Championships in 1999 and was runner up in 2000.
In 2000, Coach Cy Kalama was asked to start New Hope Canoe Club with five others. He has been coaching at NHCC since then and was part of the first channel crossing for the men and women. He is married to Melita Miller-Kalama. They have 7 children 20 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”