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.
As we head towards the end of 2014 its getting to be the time to reflect on the year we had. The Club had an incredible year in which we grew by almost cub growth (went from 12 members to 42!!), Crews placed in first and second places within their divisions, and celebrated several weddings along the way. Mahalo nui loa to each of you! I hope each of you realize how proud I am of what you each accomplished this year!
With the close of the 2014 year also come the transition of previous Board to 2015 Board. Before I announce the 2015 Board of directors, I would like to first express my sincere thanks to the 2014 Board members. Your contribution and sacrifice is not always recognized, but I would like to thank each of you for your leadership and say that the Club would not have come as far as it has without your hard work.
I am pleased to announce the 2015 board as follows:
President – Doug Keeney
Vice President – Kate Dilworth
Secretary – Sheryl Bruno
Tresurer – Cris Trimble
Sargent at Arms – Liz Nelson
Head Coach (Board Appointed) – James Jackman
Again Thank you all! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and I look forward to seeing each of you on the water.
On August 23, 2014 CROCC will competing in the Pacific Northwest Outrigger Challenge hosted by Sail Sand Point OCC and Kikaha O Ke Kai OCC. This race has an optional 18 mile Iron/Beach change or 26 mile 9-man Changeout race on Lake Washington. 18 mile course is a beach/land changeout course for paddlers not comfortable doing water changes. (no escort boat needed) 26 mile 9-man course is from Sand Point Beach Park around Mercer Island and back (escort boat needed).
If you are in the Seattle area and want to come out and cheer on the crews.
On August 2, 2014 CROCC will competing in Da Grind Distance Race hosted by Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club at Alki Beach. This race will be approximately 12 miles long and run from Alki Beach, west to Blake Island, circling the island counter-clockwise, and returning to Alki Beach.
If your are in the Seattle area come on out cheer the crews!!
Mahalo to Mountain Home Outrigger Canoe Club to hosting a challenging race. What a fantastic day to be out on the water. It was fun for all who participated in the event even if we got a little wet from the rain. The day started off warm and dry but Mother Nature decided to gave us a nice shower to start the race.
Both crews did a great job and finished in the top three for the Novice Mixed crews. The crews and results are below:
2nd place – CROCC Novice Crew 1 ( Jeanne, An, Josh, Adam, Jeanelle, and Doug) – 1 hr 22 min 22 sec
3rd place – CROCC Novice Crew 2 (Taylor, Robin, Nani, Cindy, Kekai, and Justin) – 1 hr 31 min 34 sec
Congratulation to crews for placing a the Rooster Rock Distance race! Mahalo nui loa to our two paddlers from Hui Wa‘a o Waikinikona who jumped in to assist our crews!
On July 19, 2014 CROCC will competing in the Gorge Distance Race hosted by Waterwalker at Stevenson Washington. This race is approximately 12 miles and one of the most challenging races of the year. Come on out as this is a great race and is fun watch.
On June 28, 2014 CROCC will competing in the Rooster Rock Distance Race hosted by Mountain Home Outrigger Canoe Club. The 10.5 mile course in the scenic mouth of the Columbia River Gorge. Come one out to Rooster Rock State Park, bring a picnic, and cheer on the paddlers.
As always we would like to thank the safety boat captains and crews, the Clark County and Multnomah Sheriff River Patrols that kept a ever watching eye on the paddlers as they competed. Mahalo to the hula dancers and Auntie Deva from Ke Kukui Foundation for providing us with a wonderful opening ceremony. Also a special thanks to Tim, Roxanne, and Auntie Jeanne for officiating and keeping things in order. Additionally we would like to thank Kendal Sparks for designing the RATI t-shirt
RATI could not happen without the hard work of the members of CROCC! Great job team, you out did yourself this year! Imua, Imua, CROCC!!!
We look forward to hosting next years race as it will mark our 20 year of hosting RATI.
Our thanks to Hui Wa‘a o Waikinikona for such a wonderful day of sprint racing out on Green Lake. Our paddlers had a great time getting out there on the water and competing with the all the clubs. Even thought we didn’t always have full CROCC crew padding we were able to get all paddlers out there who wanted to race with other teams. Big Mahalo to Alex Rohr for jumping in and representing CROCC with the other youth teams from Kikaha o Ke Kai and Hui Heihei Wa‘a. Also we would like to congratulate Cris on her V1 race though it was a hull finish with a first place win, great way to stick the dismount (Wicked Grin)!
Mahalo to all the clubs that made this race possible by providing canoe to support all of the events.
CROCC is looking forward to hosting clubs from PNWORCA at RATI on May 31, 2014 at Chinook Landing Marine Park in Fairview Oregon. There will be 8-10 mile Long course and a 4-6 mile Short course that is open to all divisions. An opening ceremony will be provided by Ke Kukui Foundation. A free continental breakfast with coffee and water will be offered to all who attend, and selling a BBQ lunch plate for $10.00 as a fundraiser.
The lunch menu consists of the following:
–Asian Style Slaw
–Hawaiian Style Mac Salad