Category Archives: Team Building

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.



2015 Ke Kukui Foundation Lu’au

KKF Luau 2015

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.

Hula Performance 

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.

We hope you can join us next year.

CROCC members enjoying the Lu’au


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

Impromptu Fall Pā’ina

James serving up some great food hot off the grill
James serving up some great food hot off the grill

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.

Chatting it up
Chatting it up
Giving the SUP a try.
Giving the SUP a try.