Kaiwa'a was founded by champion paddler Kai Bartlett who has been building canoes in Hawaii for over 20 years. After working for other canoe manufactures and finding a love for the sport Kai decided to design and manufacture his own canoes.
In Kai’s journey of shaping the most desirable canoe he also became a world-renowned paddler claiming 5 Molokai World Championship Solo and 7 Molokai World Championship Relay canoe paddling titles. He was also a part of 3 Molokai Hoe victories with Lanikai Canoe Club. His increasing skills as a paddler continues to enhanced his knowledge as a canoe designer.
Kai currently lives in Maui where he still paddles competitively and continues his journey to push limits, tweak designs and have the very best canoe design in the market.