OC1 by Puakea
At 5.88m, the Kahele pairs the manageability of smaller size with a progressive approach to canoe design. Designed in 2018, the Kahele was purposed for improved efficiency by eliminating length in the nose and tail of the canoe. The Kahele features a maximized waterline of about 5.8m when compared to the length overall. Introduced in 2018, this shorter than usual design was the first of its kind. More recently however, the Cantare is even further shortened at 5.67m, and considered even more progressive in design.
Kahele, meaning “to move”, is easy to manage both on and off the water. Although ideal for paddlers in the 75kg-80kg range, Kahele also stands out for paddlers of all sizes due to its revolutionary design (Released in 2018, please view the improved Puakea model Cantare for paddlers less than 75kg).
It’s compact, maneuverable size enables it to catch swell and jump over the bumps in front with less effort. It also fits neatly in the trough between bumps so you don’t get stuck and lose momentum.
“The Kahele is a canoe designed to be in harmony with its environment, not controlled by it. “
Johnny had an idea, as he watched canoes and analyzed footage, something stood out. “About 1 foot on each end of an OC1 does not serve the goal of moving the boat forward with efficiency. In fact, in flat water, this extra surface area is out of the water and has no value at all. And in the wind, it means more canoe gets pushed around with the additional surface area.” says Johnny.
This thought kicked off a chain reaction. Looking at the values and progress brought about by the Kahe Kai it was time to weigh out where to go next. Trimming the length, and adding volume in specific areas Johnny arrived at the revolutionary design, Kahele. Although perfect for flatwater, the Kahele executes in downwind and rough water in a way that is changing how we understand downwind paddling performance.
“The stout design of the Kahele really delivers on rougher days and in the swell. It minimizes the front-to-back shifting on bumps. By omitting surface area and length we have essentially reduced the effect of friction and unwanted movement caused by waves, chop and moving water.”
The deck of the Kahele is designed for improved efficiency, with a low profile and aerodynamic shape. The Kahele features a plumb bow to cut sharply through the water.
Featuring the popular carbon fiber footwell cover to keep the wind, sun, and water out is also incorporated. This cover not only protects your feet from the elements, but at 8 lbs a gallon, prevents the buildup up to 20 lbs of water that would otherwise pool in the footwell before draining out.
The Kahele fits in most garages. It can also be shipped in a 20 ft container, making it cheaper and much easier to take with you on your next faraway adventure.
- 100% carbon layup
- One piece monocoque construction
- 3x atmosphere cure
- Hybrid epoxy polyurethane marine paint
- Full carbon i’akos
- Full carbon rudder with titanium shaft
- High density foam core hull for added stiffness
- Full carbon pedals
- Mono footwell with double drain
- 100% carbon foot-well cover (removable)
- Multiple rudder options, Flatwater, Surf, Grip, Weed
- LOA: 19′.”
- Beam: 16″
- Hull weight: 16-17lbs
- Steering cables: Dyneema
- Year Introduced: 2018