Hawaiian Ocean Adventures
Hawaiian Ocean Adventures

About HOA

We Are a Hawaiian Owned & Operated Company

Come sail the way the Polynesians have done for thousands of years…… Sailing on one of our hand-crafted Hawaiian sailing canoes, built by our founder Nakoa Prejean, offers a once in a lifetime opportunity that combines the adventure of sailing on the beautiful blue green waters of Oahu with the unique cultural experience of sailing on a vessel that has been used by the Polynesians in their daily lives for millennia. As a Hawaiian owned and operated company, sharing our authentic aloha with our guests comes naturally.

Our crew will share with you the history of the Hawaiian sailing canoe and the natural history of the island as you explore Oahu’s coastline and the marine life in the area. Taking no more than 6-8 guests at a time, this adventure promises to be one of the most intimate on the island while providing a uniquely authentic Hawaiian cultural experience. Whether it is sailing on a Hawaiian sailing canoe, snorkeling in our pristine Hawaiian waters, or heading out for a Night SUP Glow paddle, Hawaiian Ocean Adventures is here to provide you the memories of a lifetime.

Hawaiian Ocean Adventures is located at the beautiful Ko Olina Resort. A short 40-minute drive from either Waikiki or East Oahu and you will arrive at the” place of joy”, ready to begin your adventure…

Hawaiian Ocean Adventures is a Hawaiian owned and operated company, created to provide our guests with an authentic Hawaiian experience on the ocean while sharing our cultural history and traditions as practiced in a modern Hawai‘i. We believe it is essential to share our culture, so that it will be perpetuated for future generations. All our captains and instructors are licensed, certified, and deeply knowledgeable about the history of the area and our culture. We are committed to providing you an exciting and rich cultural experience that you will remember for a lifetime.


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About Our Founder & Captain Nakoa Prejean
Hawaiian Ocean Adventures is a Hawaiian owned and operated company on the island of Oahu and founded by Nakoa Prejean in 2008.

Nakoa was born and raised in the Hawaiian Islands. He was first introduced to the sport of canoe sailing at the age of seventeen when his family began the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association (HSCA) to perpetuate the ancient art of Hawaiian Canoe Sailing in 1987, designated the Year of the Hawaiian. As his interest in the sport grew, he took on the challenges of serving on the Board of Directors for over 20 years.

As a means of perpetuating his love for the canoe and his Hawaiian culture, Nakoa began learning the art of canoe building from master canoe builder Kirk Clarke over 30 years ago. Today he continues the traditions of canoe building and uses his sailing canoes for daily operations as well as inter-island voyaging.

Nakoa currently holds a United States Coast Guard license and has voyaged over 26,000 blue water sailing miles as well as hundreds of inter island crossings between the Hawaiian Islands. He was also fortunate to have been selected as a crew member on board Makali‘i, the Big Island voyaging canoe, and sailed on her maiden voyage from Hawaii-Tahiti-Marquesas-Hawaii by means of traditional Polynesian navigating.

Nakoa is married and together they are raising a son, Makai. As an ohana they spend their off hours sailing their personal canoes as well as sharing them with a variety of local kids’ programs through their non-profit organization “Kawaipuna Foundation.” The Kawaipuna Foundation is self-funded through Hawaiian Ocean Adventures and provides these summer experiences for Oahu’s local kids programs at no cost to them.

All our captains and crew members are very passionate about their love of the ocean and very knowledgeable about the marine life in the area as well as the history and cultural significance of the Hawaiian sailing canoe. We continue to teach and mentor our team members to ensure we perpetuate this cultural artform and provide our guests with an authentic Hawaiian cultural experience.

We hope that you will join us and share in our love of the Hawaiian culture.

Nakoa Prejean
Founder & Captain Nakoa Prejean