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The Celebration Continues. Yes, We're Paddling Today!

Just in case you haven't had quite enough of that good ol' Fourth of July celebrating, we're extending the excitement into the weekend.  Red and white canoes, blue water, and patriotic tunes performed on the sand (if you count Ka Uluwehi O Kei Kai as patriotic).

Stick around for the spectacular fireworks display which begins (and ends) promptly at 2:00 P.M.. Well, to be entirely accurate, it's not exactly fireworks - it's more like Sparky has agreed to amuse us by opening a shaken can of warm soda.  But it does promise to be spectacular (if somewhat sticky) in its own way.

So there you have it.  Fun, right?  The only thing missing is...YOU!

Hope to see you there.



 

 

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!

 

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

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The group was well organized and enjoyable, wonderful group of people. We were singing Hawaiian tunes and playing musical instruments. I learned playing the Ukelele and paddling around the Balboa island. The best meet-up I've been to ;) Thank you!

    1 · July 8, 2013

    • Chris W.

      It was great meeting you Kate. Hope to paddle and strum with you again :)

      July 8, 2013

  • L L.

    Thank you to those of you who paid your July dues. Yesterday, we gave Offshore $200 for use of their canoes. Aloha.

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry last minute change of plans. I really wanted to meet all of you! Have a great day

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to bring my family to the event. If its ok. It would be a total of 4

    July 3, 2013

    • John G.

      Everyone is always welcome

      July 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great thanks!

      July 7, 2013

  • Jeannie

    I'm coming FOR SURE this time! I want to buy a Hana Hou ballcap too is there is one available. Mahalo

    July 3, 2013

    • Linnea

      I'll be bringing several hats in different colors. See you there!

      July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn I can no longer come to the beach on Sunday.My son is having a beach party here and I am the mom and have to do a bunch of mom stuff.

    July 5, 2013

    • Chris W.

      Aw - Hope there will be a couple Sundays off where you can come again and we can do the 'mom stuff' for you :)

      July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss you but I will be backpacking in the High Sierras from this Sunday through next Sunday. I hope to see you, again, after I return.....providing I don't meet up with any hungry bears.

    1 · July 3, 2013

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