It appears that Mother Nature has given us an early Christmas present.
Today's coastal forecast calls for clear skies and low 70’s temperatures - and you know what that means. JD will be wearing a Speedo? Nope. It’s even scarier than that: it means that Captain John is going to be so happy that his unwary paddlers will likely find themselves on one of his infamous voyages of no return. Here’s a tip: if you’re not up for a three hour tour, run, don’t walk to grab a seat on Loretta’s boat.
Seriously (actually, I WAS being serious) it’s going to be a beautiful day tomorrow. How about spending part of it at Corona del Mar with your paddling buddies? We’d love to see you.
Our weekly Hana Hou Paddle and Strum get-togethers are always tons of fun - new friends, food, music, Hawaiian culture, a great paddling workout, learning new skills, a bit of adventure, and lots of aloha on a white sandy beach in Corona del Mar.
The Hana Hou Outrigger Canoe Club takes to the water each week (weather and other factors permitting - always check this site for updates each Sunday morning - please see the extra note about this at the bottom of this page) on picturesque Newport Bay in beautifully-maintained six-man outrigger canoes belonging to Offshore Outrigger Canoe Club (OOCC).
Special thanks are owed to Eric Smith. Eric was our coach, advocate, and friend during the first year of our club’s existence. Thanks, too, to OOCC Pres. Maricela Power and all members of Offshore Outrigger Canoe Club, our host club and social affiliate, for their hard work and generosity. Thanks, too, to Hana Hou co-organizer and steersman John Gyorkos, who works so hard to keep things fun and safe. But what really makes it all work so beautifully is YOU - our really cool Hana Hou members. Mahalo to all!
For beginners, things start off with an outrigger canoe orientation and paddling mini-workshop. Our goal is to make each paddling session fun and safe for paddlers of all levels of experience, newcomers included. Hana Hou affords everyone the opportunity to learn and to improve as an outrigger canoe paddler - but we never place pressure on anyone. That’s just not our way in the Hana Hou Outrigger Canoe Club. Here, we stress safety, fun, and mutual respect.
But that's just part of the fun. Come to the beach early and stay afterward for our weekly Hana Hou hukilau (a beach party - the non-fishing kind). Every week, a kanikapila erupts - it's a Hawaiian jam session featuring ukuleles, guitars, hula, and even a washtub bass. Bring your singing voice (even if you don't have one), a chair, a blanket, a beach umbrella, or whatevah. Pack a snack and beverages and make a day it - or check ahead to see if we're having a potluck luau or other special event. New events are being added very week - and there are also some occasional surprises!
Membership in Hana Hou and attendance at our weekly beach meetup sessions is absolutely FREE. No dues or fees of any kind are required for anyone who does not wish to paddle.
If you do wish to paddle, the paddling fee is only $10 for four sessions - an absolute bargain. The $10 per month paddling fee includes one paddling session each week (four paddling sessions per month) in clean, safe OOCC outrigger six man canoes - plus paddling tips and instruction. We strive to make it fun and safe for everyone. The paddling fee also includes use of a paddle and on-board canoe safety equipment. 100% of the paddling fee goes to OOCC as very small compensation for allowing us to use their beautiful canoes. Hana Hou does not receive any part of the paddling fee.
Paddling is not mandatory for membership in Hana Hou. If you prefer, just come for the fun, friendship, and Hawaiian music. Here, we don't judge you by the size of your biceps or the length of your paddling experience - to us, the best club members are the ones having the most fun. Come as often or as infrequently as you wish. We don’t take attendance. You’ll always be welcomed even if you can only make it every once in a while. Please don’t ever feel as though you are locked-in to weekly attendance or that you can’t come back if you haven’t been able to come for several weeks (Or months). We all have busy schedules and we understand completely if you can only be an “every now and again” member.
There are no cliques or “insiders” in Hana Hou - everyone is ohana (family) beginning with your first visit. We’re here strictly for fun and never, ever to add stress or obligation to anyone’s life. Guests are ALWAYS very welcomed! No advance registration or notice is necessary. Just show up and bring along as many of your family members, friends, out-of-town guests, or anybody else as you wish. We’re a warm and friendly group - we promise that your guests will have a great time!
Oh, and don't be spooked if you see that only a small number of people have RSVP'ed. That happens every week. There are always a whole lot more folks attending each week than there are RSVP's. That's fine with us - RSVP'ing helps us out a bit but it's never necessary. Haven't RSVP'ed? Not a problem - come on out anyway. You'll definitely have plenty of company.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Once again, PLEASE check this site on Sunday mornings prior to making the trip to the beach. Weather and other factors can sometimes force a cancellation. We will hold a Hana Hou meetup every week unless something unavoidable arises that makes it impossible for us to do so.
Mahalo and a hui hou, David