Kana Lui Miami comes from Key Biscayne. The team regularly encounters hot and humid weather, and conditions can drastically change with torrential downpours from unexpected thunderstorms. Key Biscayne is home to many migrating species of sharks, manatees, and even a few saltwater crocodiles. The team volunteers with the Shake a Leg foundation which benefits children by taking them out on canoes to experience outrigger padding. The club hosts an annual Nish Memorial race dedicated to its departed coach.The format of the race is a 28+ mile relay. Its first year entering the Liberty Challenge was in 2012. The “Wai Pili Pono” crew was born from the Liberty race. The crew name reflects the spirit of paddling and how strangers separated by oceans can be bonded by love for OC paddling.
Wai Pili Pono Women’s Open Crew:
Kamarra Cole, Jennifer Peters, Denise DelGardo, Anita Allen, Simone Mevs, Claudia Clement
Wai Pili Pono Men’s Open Crew:
Eric Chan, Kun Chee Fok, Marc Applewhite, Alfredo Vizcarrondo, Tony baker, Rich Kreiling
Kana Lui Mixed Open Crew:
Jaro Volny, Vincent Milner, Antonio Serrano, Krisitn Stickels, Christianne Maigre, Kelsey Reider