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We are moms and dads, sons and daughters, great friends, and, best of all, Aunties and Uncles.  

We come from a wide range of backgrounds, but we all find solitude in the ocean.

We have fun through hard work, and we love that it takes both to be a team.

We push each other every day to grow, because that’s just what families do, and that’s just what we are.

Join us. 

meet the coaches

Women’s Coach Robin MacLean (pictured above in seat 2 at Olamau, Hawaii in 2013

Women’s Coach Robin MacLean (pictured above in seat 2 at Olamau, Hawaii in 2013

Men’s Coach Suzanne Serafin (pictured in seat 6 at Olamau, Hawaii in 2013

Men’s Coach Suzanne Serafin (pictured in seat 6 at Olamau, Hawaii in 2013

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ROBIN MAC LEAN:  Robin started paddling with Hanohano in 1991 and has been coaching the women since 2002. She was the assistant coach to founder Rena Horcajo for 4 years prior to becoming Head Coach. Her philosophy supports the ideal of "Ohana" with the ambition to compete at the highest level. The Hanohano Women's program puts  more teams on the podium  than any other San Diego Club, and most SCORA clubs.  Every paddler has a fair and equal experience at practices, with safety being a priority.  Paddlers are expected to cross train for fitness and come to practice for technique and blending work. Everyone is expected to help with equipment and fund raising to keep the club successful and prospering.

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SUZANNE SERAFIN: Suzanne began paddling at the age of 13 in Dana Point, California. She coached  the Dana Outrigger Women's program for 5 years before moving to San Diego in 1994.  Suzanne coached the Hanohano Juniors program and the Novice Women's team before taking on the men's team in 2015. Her experience with men's programs stems from work she has done with Team California, (a team her husband paddles for) as change coach, occasional practice support and listening skills only an experienced and loving wife can endure. With the Support of Rich Long ( Dana Outrigger Head Coach), Tim Dougherty (Team California Head Coach), and Josh Crayton (Lanakila Outrigger Head Coach), Suzanne has created a successful and  comprehensive program for paddlers of all ages and experience. Top crews finished 2nd overall and top 3 in division at Iron Championships in 2016 and 2017, and all novice paddlers medaled at least once throughout the season.

Highlights of the coaches paddling accomplishments

The coaches have been competing together, along with assistant coach Susan Wynn, since 1995.

  • 2018 - 2nd place overall at Vaka Eiva, Cook Islands

  • 2017 - 3rd place overall Catalina Crossing, US Outrigger Chanmpionship (Top 5 since 2000)

  • 2013 - 3rd place overall Olamau, Hawaii

  • Hamilton Island, Australia - 3rd place overall 

  • Liberty Cup, New York - 1st place overall

  • Pailolo, Maui - 3rd place Iron Division

  • Na Wahine O Ke Kai, Molokai - 7 crossings, top 10 overall in 4 of them

  • Howes Sound, Vancouver BC - 1st place overall

  • OC-2 Catalina Relay Challenge - 1st place in division 4 times (Team still holds the course record!)

  • Dragon Boat Paddling - US National Team 3 years. Attended World Championships in Poland and China.

International Coaching - 2014 and 2015, worked with outrigger paddlers in Lima, Peru to build a club and programs to be competitive internationally.


Having fun since '81


Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club was founded in January of 1981 by Egon and Rena Horcajo in Mission Bay, San Diego, California. The club was formed in order to unite men and women who share an interest in perpetuating and participating in Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing at its highest competitive level. The club encourages and promotes good will and sportsmanship among members.


Today, Hanohano has proven itself to be one of the more dynamic and winning clubs in Southern California. Competition and racing are of utmost importance to Hanohano, but doing one's best is the most important. This attitude is exemplified by all the hard work members do for the betterment of the club. In addition to racing, Hanohano has social events/fundraisers which include a corporate regatta and holiday events to share aloha with members and the community.



Congratulations to all Hanohano paddlers that raced at the Ventura Outrigger Challenge at Harbor Cove Beach on Saturday, June 8th!! Results are in - all 9 crews placed in their divisions!

Novice women UL - 2nd
Men short course - 3rd
Coed Open UL - 3rd
Coed Open Spec - 2nd
Coed Master UL - 2nd
Coed Master UL - 3rd
Coed Sr Mast UL - 1st
Coed Sr Mast Spec - 1st
Mast Women Spec - 1st

HanoHano represents at 2018 Vaka Eiva - Cook Islands

2nd place Open Women

2nd place Open Mixed


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