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Nick Beck

Nick Beck

Nick Beck was born on Kaua‘i, educated at USC and U of H and made his living teaching elementary through college students and finally settled down to be principal of the Hanalei Elementary School. He has been involved in community programming for youth, trying to slow development of Hanalei and Kaua‘i, and cofounded the Hanalei Hawaiian Civic Canoe Club and the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association. Nick has traveled extensively throughout the Pacific basin pursuing surfing and outrigger paddling, and throughout Africa on humanitarian missions. His overriding passion is building outrigger sailing canoes capable of handling extremely difficult interisland travels, yet are easy to launch, sail and surf. Nick has four kids and six grandchildren all of whom love the ocean.


Grandson Braden steered the longest crossing of the 2017 trip, from O‘ahu to Kaua‘i. Photo: ©Holopuni Va‘a, by Wim Lippens

A Thirty-Five-Year Voyage Back In Time

Feb 23, 2018 February 23, 2018

In May 1981, I set out in a home-built Hawaiian sailing canoe from South Point on the island of Hawai‘i to my home on Kaua‘i. It was an adventure that would take me from the southern-most to the northern-most point of the Hawaiian Islands. I named my canoe Holopuni, “to… Read More