Did you know that we consider the Wa’a (canoe) is considered our 7th member of the crew? What about the fact that many the Hawai’ian terminology that is used for the human body are also used to describe parts of the Wa’a? Have you ever wanted to just get out and try paddling an Outrigger Canoe? Well here is your opportunity to learn about some of the Hawai’ian Wa’a Traditions and to get out on the water.
CROCC is hosting an Intro to Outrigger Paddling event on Sunday, August 6th from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM. Come down to Gleason Boat Ramp and meet up with members of the Club, learn about the sport and get out and have fun on the water.
Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you are able to attend. Not to worry if you are not able to make this Intro to Outrigger Paddling event there will be many more to come.
Sunday June 5 was pretty hot, but CROCC stayed cool. Old friends and new came together to try outrigger canoeing and to play in the river. Check out the complete photo gallery. Thanks to Sheryl Bruno for taking the pictures, and thanks to everyone who came!
If you weren’t able to make it, consider coming to our next party on July 3. Whether you’re an experienced paddler or you’re not even sure what an outrigger canoe is, you are welcome to join us on the water.
Please join us on the beach and try outrigger canoeing–all ages and abilities are welcome. Whether you’ve been paddling for years, are looking for a new sport, or are just want something fun to do on the weekend, we invite you to join the friendly paddlers of CROCC on our beautiful Hawaiian outrigger canoe!
When: Sunday, June 5 11am-1pm Where: Broughton Beach near M James Gleason Boat Ramp, 4325 NE Marine Drive, Portland We provide: canoes, paddles, PFDs, shade, refreshments Please bring: towel, sunscreen, $5 for parking
This is a free event, though donations to CROCC are always welcome. (Metro does charge $5 per vehicle for parking.) We hope to see you there!
It was with great pleasure that CROCC sponsored a table at the Annual Ke Kukui Foundation (KKF) Fundraising Luau on February 21st. As a Corporate sponsor, the paddlers were greeted in true Hawaiian fashion with hugs and a freshly sewed plumeria lei, as Hawaiian music filled the gymnasium at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
As part of fundraising, the patrons participated in a door prize raffle basket, and vied for several items in the silent auction. CROCC’s fundraising donation basket sold within 30 minutes of the auction’s opening for $150. Also, our own paddler, Liz Nelson, quilted a large Hawaiian themed piece that sold for $250!!! The sit-down dinner was prepared by Hawaiian Café (Vancouver, WA) and served by the dancers of KKF.
Then the patrons were treated to an hour long hula show that was choreographed by the matriarch of the school, Aunty Deva Yamashiro. The show commenced with a dance dedicated to Aunty Paulette, who had taught the ancient art of feather making, and whom we lost a couple months ago. The dancers in their white “holoku” gowns gently swayed as they danced with their hand held “kahikis”. The show included “kahiko” (traditional) and “auana” (modern) style dancing, and even featured the youngest of the dance troupe, the “keikis”. It is worthy to note that the age range of dancers for Ke Kukui is 3 to 83!!
The show ended with a trip to Tahiti, where “otea drumming” and vibrantly costumed dancers left the watching audience exhausted just by watching. Back by popular demand, the lively and colorful “Samoan Village” number under the tutelage of Aunty Tula, brought the patrons to their feet. To cap the evening, the audience joined hands in a large circle and sang what has been deemed the Hawaiian anthem, “Hawaii Aloha”. The night was truly the blending of the Polynesian culture and “aloha spirit.” The audience was filled with much love, aloha and peace.
CROCC hosted an impromptu Pā’ina (small dinner party) out at Chinook Landing on Saturday September 7, 2013. A great time was had by all who showed up. There was great food, drinks, and a fire to relax and break bread together. Some of the members even brought down their small paddle equipment (OC-1, SUP, V-1) to tryout and have fun in the water.
Next time we will have a little more notice and get the word out so that more folks can join in.
Come join us at Three days of Aloha on July 26 and 27, hosted by Ke Kekukui Foundation at Ester Short park in Vancouver. We will have Po Anuenue on Saturday the 27th and enjoying the culture of Hawaii.