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2019 Race Around The Island

Big mahalo to everyone who came to RATI this year! It was a beautiful day on the Columbia River and we couldn’t have asked for better conditions. See the race results here.

Watch a recap of the day produced by Cascade Video Productions!

View all the photos from RATI posted in real-time on our Facebook Page.

The day started with a traditional Hawaiian ceremony and blessing to honor the Great Spirit of the land, the indigenous peoples of this land, the Columbia River, and our paddling community and guests in attendance.
Mahalo to Kaleinani O Ke Kukui for facilitating our opening ceremony.

The Long Distance Women’s and Mixed-crew races were the first race of the morning. Congrats to Hood River Outrigger Canoe Club for placing First in the Women’s Long Distance and Hui Heihei Canoe Club for placing First in the Mixed Long Distance!

Meanwhile on land, we had an awesome salmon lunch provided by CRUSH BAR in Portland. As the day progressed, we had clearer skies and the sun came out.

Passing time until the next race begins. 

Check out those raffle prizes! Thank you to Kialoa Paddles, Nossa Familia Coffee, and many others for donating prizes.

We’re feeling envious of the lucky buggahs who won the two homemade quilts made by CROCC’s Coach Liz and Bobbie! Another CROCC tradition is making “Huli Ale” beer every year to give away as raffle prizes.

Next were the Mens and Short Course races. Congrats to Kikaha for placing First in the Mens Long Distance and Wasabi Burn for placing First in the Short Course race!


Again, check out all the race photos from RATI posted in real-time on our Facebook Page.

Mahalo to our super volunteers and in-kind sponsors who helped make RATI a great success. We couldn’t have done it without your dedicated support. See you next year at RATI! A hui hou!


Canoes at the Beach!

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.



CROCC Featured by The Columbian:

211455_08-02_Doug_Keeney_1Back in August CROCC was featured in The Columbian newspaper.  “Outrigger canoe club brings Hawaiian traditions to Northwest” was written by  Erik Gundersen and gave a first persons view of paddling. The article also includes information about the club and it’s family feel. Erik produced a short video that has an interview with Doug Keeney, Club President, and footage from Erik’s first paddle with CROCC.


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

Mahalo to Holly Brooks!!

Holly showing all her sports and activities

Special thanks to Holly for mentioning CROCC when sharing her workout with The Oregonian newspaper in a series of articles called “My workout”. Holly shared her story about the importance of having a variety of daily exercise as a key to health and vitality. Paddling with Columbia River Outrigger Canoe Club is just a fraction of Holly’s overall routine. Below is a link to the article housed on OregonLive.

Oregonian Article about Holly



Congratulations to Ann Yoshida

Ann celebrating her win

CROCC would like to congratulate Ann Yoshida in her Bronze win at the 2013 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Sprint World Championships/ Duisburg in the V1 Women 200m (Paracanoe A). We are so glad our team could help along the way! Ann, you are an inspiration to us all!

Race Results

For those who do not know; Ann was paralyzed from the waist down when her car was hit by a truck that ran a red light in 2000. But this accident has not stopped or slowed her down at all. You just have to meet her to see her spunky, bright zest for life that shows she can do anything! As she stated before, “She might be in a wheelchair, but it doesn’t mean she is paralyzed in the head!”

Ann started paddling last year in preparation for the International Va’a Federation (IVF) World Championship in Calgary. Before that she went on a V-6 (OC-6) a few times with Pure Light Racing ( a club that is at the forefront of adaptive outrigger canoe paddling.

When asked what she enjoyed about the sport she responded, “First, I like to think of my Hawai’ian ancestors navigating the Pacific on canoes. It was a means of transport and connecting with the wind, water, and nature. This gives me strength. Second, I love being on the water focused and working hard to get somewhere. The cardio is like no other sport I can do in a chair.”
What is her next goal now that she won the Bronze? Ann said, “One step at a time. The bigger goal for me is to be an ambassador of Aloha and bring people to the health and satisfaction of canoeing. This ultimately empowers people to get out and access their life through meaningful occupations.”

She continued by stating, “My next goal is to get to nationals next year and compete in the World Sprints in Moscow. In addition, I plan on supporting Pure Light racing in Brazil at the IVF World competition. Hopefully all this leads to the opportunity to represent the USA in the Brazil Paralympic games as a USA Woman’s V-1 Athlete.”

We would like to extend a big mahalo to Diane Kaydolph-Ray for getting Ann in contact with CROCC so that we could help her out before her competition and bring her into to our Ohana!