Now that regatta season has come to an end and with only the third jewel in the triple crown of Hawaiian 6-man Outrigger Canoe Racing left to complete, our Keiki team will take a much deserved break. Meanwhile our adult crews will ramp up their efforts as they get ready to start crossing channels and rounding islands.
The years of training and competing are really starting to pay off as I witnessed both adult and keiki teams performing magnificently in this year’s regatta races. I’d have to say that our 14-16-year-old girls were our most competitive crew and week in and week out gave all the top teams in Hui Wa’a a run for their money.
The younger crews were right on their heels and held their own in each of their respective events. The support we received from new and returning parents and all our supporters exemplified what it means not only to be Kumulōkahi but a member of 616. To name all the volunteers who were instrumental to our success this season would fill an entire page, but I’d be remiss in not mentioning our amazing coaches for the tireless work and superior training that they provided for our canoe club. As always, Head Coach Guy Hicks oversees all crews with Coaches Kevin Kam and Eric Chun putting our Keiki through their paces.
This season we were blessed to have Coach Tambry Young bring her years of paddling experience to our adult program. Maily Shultz took over as club rep and was always there to make sure that everyone was ready to complete on race day. She also served as unofficial club psychologist (at least for me anyway). Last, but certainly not least, Sean Gallagher and Jim Bauckham were the volunteers who handled all the unglamorous but necessary behind the scenes tasks. Neither really has an official title, but I’ll just call them super heroes for good measure.
On July 29 we held a Kumulōkahi Day on the pool deck at 616. Volunteers and staff, led in part by Shelley Hee, Club Rep Maily and Head Coach and Leading Knight Guy, set up tents and “pressed the flesh” with other Elks members and guests in an effort to educate all Elks as to what we do as a canoe club and 616 representatives. The event was a smashing success as we sold Kumulōkahi merchandise and gave almost seventy canoe rides to members and guests, raising $150.00 for ENF. We expect to have more such events in the future so watch for our flyers and please participate.
In closing, I want to reach out to all BPOE 616 members in good standing to please come and be a part of Kumulōkahi Elks Canoe Club. Feel free to contact me anytime for information about joining the club.
Aloha, Da guy dat trailers da boats,
Chris Whitesides, 6-year BPOE 616 in good standing.by