Hawaiians love being outdoors. With lush landscapes and temperate weather, it's no wonder archery clubs thrive on all the major islands. Both tourists and locals enjoy gaining skills with a bow and arrow, which calls for a little more adventurism than your typical day at the beach or in the pool.
Hawaii Island Archery Club
The Hawaii Island Archery Club exists to promote archery as a sport on the Big Island. Archers meet twice weekly at the Waiakea Recreation Center in Hilo, and all are welcome to join. The club is also home to several annual tournaments and has monthly shoots. You can visit its website (listed in Resources section) for photo albums showing past events, as well as find out when upcoming shoots and meetings are scheduled. This club is self-described as the "Big Island's Archery Connection" ---they do not offer lessons, though some members can surely recommend some skilled instructors.
Oahu Archery Clubs
Oahu is ideal for active archers, as it not only draws many tourists but also has a local population large enough to host local clubs. One such club is the "Da 6 Pak" Bushwackers Archery Club. Located at the Kapolei Archery Range on the coast of Oahu, the club features four range areas to choose from, including an indoor short-range and a long-range course at 100 yards. There is even a 3D course.
The archery range is free to the public on weekends, with a suggested donation at the door. However, to become a member of the club you must undergo a three-month probationary period. Prospective club members must help maintain the range, attend club parties, help with setup and cleanup and, after becoming an official member, escort new recruits who are visiting. Many of the clubs in Hawaii follow this teamwork approach, keeping dues and other costs low in exchange for maintaining the ranges and manning events. It's a great way to further your skills and make new friends at the same time.
If you are visiting the island of Maui and hope to learn some archery, or if you're a seasoned pro looking to unwind with a favorite pastime, try out an archery club that has turned into an actual business, such as Expeditions Lanai. This club provides all of your safety gear and archery equipment, so you don't have to bring anything with you on the plane and can still enjoy the active and exciting sport of archery. The price also includes water and ground transportation, so you can catch some beautiful Hawaiian views while learning a new skill.
Archery Clubs for Teens
Adults aren't the only ones who can participate in an archery club, thanks to programs such as the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). While gym classes in Hawaii used to feature only standard, mainstream sports, NASP has now established a presence in many middle and high schools to provide students with a positive archery learning experience. Castle High School, Waialua High, Kahuku High, Kapolei High and Maui Middle School, along with their intermediate-level sister schools, have all added archery programs. They are all located within the general vicinity of Honolulu.
Shooting Range Transformed
The popularity of archery is growing and other sporting establishments in Hawaii are working to accommodate the new interest. The Koko Head Shooting Complex is Oahu's only public shooting range, long known for its rifle and shotgun ranges. The operators of the complex have built an archery range that is state of the art and set against a classic Honolulu mountain range, giving you the opportunity to breathe the healthy Hawaiian air as you work out with your bow and arrow moves.