Introducing the New Kahele OC1 by Puakea Designs

For those who have read our articles that explore the Ehukai vs. the KaheKai, and Ares vs. Anteres Impressions, you know we have always enjoyed learning about the the new innovations and trends in OC1 design. Well John Puakea and Puakea Designs has struck again with a new design, this time called the Kahele! Designed to be shorter and more maneuverable, ideal for small paddlers but still rideable for bigger paddlers due to some new design innovations. And better able to get in between the troughs! We can't wait to learn more and post as we get it from the California reps and Puakea team. Meanwhile stay tuned for a comprehensive fact sheet, and enjoy their recent description below.

Puakea Designs - Kahele

From Puakea Designs...

Lighter. Stronger. Faster...and now Shorter. Introducing Kahele, a dynamic new OC1 design by Johnny Puakea.

Shorter length at 19'.3"
Wider around center at 16"
Plumb bow and optimized waterline
Footwell cover, multiple rudder options
Comfort-focused cockpit (same as the Kahe Kai)
Available in Pro Model + Standard Performance 100% Carbon Layup

Pronounced: KA.Heh.Leh

At 19'3", the new Kahele pairs the manageability of less size with a progressive approach to canoe design. The Kahele is designed for improved efficiency by eliminating length in the nose and tail of the canoe. The Kahele features an optimized waterline of about 19 feet.

Kahele, meaning "to move", is easy to manage both on and off the water. Although appealing to lighter paddlers looking for less to move around, Kahele also stands out for paddlers of all sizes due to its revolutionary design. It's compact, maneuverable size enables it to catch swell and jump over the bump 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."

The first Kahele's will be arriving in Hawaii and California January 2018 for demo. Taking orders for February and March 2018 shipments now!


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  • Boki - October 09, 2018

    What size person will perform the best on then Kahele?


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