CROCC launches its 2014 Youth program

Alex (Jr Paddler) and Doug (Jr Coach) showing off their first place ribbons

Columbia River Outrigger Canoe Club (CROCC) will be launching the 2014 Junior Division Program for youths between 15 and 20 years of age. This program will follow our current adult curriculum with the addition of sport history, Hawai’ian history, and traditions around outrigger canoeing.

Practices start April 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM and will be each Wednesday there after.  Additional practice will be added as interest or membership grows. If you or your youth are interested in the program or practices please contact Doug Keeney at Please feel free to check out our website ( for more information about the club and utilize the calendar to sign up for practices (junior or open). Remember everyone is welcome to join us for an open paddle practice.

Shout out to Wahine (Women) paddlers of the Northwest

Wahine's of CROCC having fun
The Wahine of CROCC striking a pose

Our novice women’s crew is inviting all women that want a supportive environment in competition. The season is starting and we invite you to come and compete as one of the ‘Ohana (family) in our team.

If you love the water and want a great workout, we have a sport for you. We desire to compete at the highest level of competition in the Hawai’ian sport of canoe paddling. Our team requires commitment, discipline and teamwork, which leads to excellence on and off the water. We paddle as one and win as one.

Our mission: To encourage, sustain, and perpetuate outrigger canoe paddling, racing and the related Hawai’ian traditions. We strive to embrace and nurture the community through inclusiveness and all skill levels in order to teach and improve paddling technique and to maximize enjoyment of the sport.

We will hold practices throughout the week and as needed during the race season. If you are not ready for the competition, come join our open crew and learn the technique and healing powers of outrigger canoeing.

E Pā‘ina Kākou: A Cultural Lū‘au

Doug, Cris, Ann, Nani, Sheryl
Doug, Cris, Ann, Nani, Sheryl

On March 1, 2014 a few members of CROCC attended the “E Pā‘ina Kākou: A Cultural Lū‘au” hosted by Kaleinani o ke Kukui and Ke Kukui Foundation. This is an annual fundraising event for Ke Kukui Foundation and helps support the programs they provide to the community. It was a wonderful night of fantastic Hawai‘ian food, excellent music and entertainment and an impressive silent auction.

Next event will be the Hawai‘ian Slack Key Guitar Festival Portland Style on Thursday, March 20th at the Alpenrose Dairy Opera House. For more information about the Slack Key Festival or about Ke Kukui Foundation please follow the link below as they are constantly updating their site with new events and classes. Ke Kukui Foundation