Kai is Fijian for "inhabitant of" and Wai means "water", just as it does in Hawaiian, so Kaiwai is an appropriate name for these paddlers. The team name 'Takia II' is from a type of Fijian outrigger with sail.
This will be the first time Fiji has been represented at the world level. Tahiti hold the championship at present, with Hawaii and New Zealand hot competetitors. Officially called the "Waka Ama IVF Va’a World Sprint Champs 2006", it will run for five full days from March 21-26. Some three thousand paddlers are expected at the meet.