The official publication of the Outrigger Canoe Club is titled Ama to honor the Club’s lineage. The outrigger of a canoe is called an Ama in ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Language). It was a nautical innovation that allowed the Polynesians to efficiently navigate the rough waters of the Pacific. The Ama is also the port hull of a double-hulled canoe, which is the vehicle that brought the Hawaiians to these beautiful islands.

The official publication of the Outrigger Canoe Club

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On the cover: Titus Salter in his element— exploring the underwater world.

This page: OCC keiki catch a wave from the wall during the rare and exciting conditions out in front of the Club.

Photo by Matt Heirakuji

Photo by Tommy Pierucki



Underwater World Tis Salter brings his passion for spearfishing to OCC. p.16

A Fine Fête Save the date for OCC’s inaugural Food & Wine Fesval. p.8 Reciprocal Club Review Learn more about this distinguished Club and plan a visit to The Windy City. p.14


I Mua! Regaa season wrapped on a high note at Hilo Bay. p.26

Outrigger Canoe Club

The ocial publica on of the Outrigger Canoe Club is tled Ama to honor the Club’s lineage. The outrigger of a canoe is called an Ama in ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i (Hawaiian Language). It was a naucal innovaon that allowed the Polynesians to e‰ciently navigate the rough waters of the Pacific. The Ama is also the port hull of a double-hulled canoe, which is the vehicle that brought the Hawaiians to these beauful islands.

From the President’s Desk

ALOHA OCC, I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the spirit of aloha that defines our Outrigger Canoe Club community. This spirit is a reminder of the strength and resilience that our members embody, particularly during times of adversity, like these.

the coming months we will continue looking for thoughtful ways we can support the residents of Maui. As always, our Outrigger Canoe Club community will come together to make a positive dierence. At this critical time, I encourage us all to reaŽrm our commitment to our larger community and provide the much-needed support to our friends and family on Maui. Whether it’s a donation, participating in a fundraiser, volunteering time, or simply spreading the word to raise awareness, every action no matter how small, can have a positive impact on those in need.

As I write this letter, we are just two weeks out from the devastating fire that engulfed the beautiful town of Lahaina. The images of flames, the stories of families who have lost their homes and, in some cases, their loved ones, and the impact on the environment have touched us all deeply. Our hearts go out to those aected by this tragedy, including the members and sta of our longtime reciprocal club,

Lahaina Yacht Club, and we stand in solidarity with our neighbors and friends during this challenging time. As a club that cherishes the land, sea, and the Hawaiian way of life, it is our duty to step forward and oer support to the Maui community. Our ‘ohana is more than just a collection of members; we’re a family that extends beyond our own interests to encompass the well-being of our extended family and friends. We have already started to come together to provide aid and assistance to those impacted by the fires. Many of you have already taken part in fundraising initiatives and volunteer eorts to help those who have lost so much. At the Club, we are donating $1 for every (Maui-made) Ocean Vodka cocktail and Maui Brewing Co. beer served. Additionally, we are implementing a program to provide the people of Maui with what they need most at this time: food. Through this program our kitchen will be able to prepare enough meals to feed thousands. Over


Curt DeWeese, President


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General Manager’s Corner

ALOHA OCC ‘OHANA! In August, I celebrated my five-year anniversary at OCC. Time flies when you love what you do!

In 2015, the Navy presented the Club with an iron beam from the deckhouse superstructure of the USS Arizona to be used as a trophy for the Fourth of July military race winner. The trophy was built by long-time employee Domie Gose who incorporated a rare and beautiful piece of koa wood, donated by Karl Herver, into the base. The powerful inscription on the base reads:

It’s truly been a privilege. Each day that I walk through this world-class Club, I’m constantly reminded of its incredible athletic legacy. From the Front Desk, to the Lobby display case to the Boathouse and places in between, nearly every inch of the Club is covered in its rich history of ath- letic accolades. Even the restrooms are a testament to past achievements, featuring photos of the Club’s

I have felt the pounding sea… The deadly blows of infamy. I am ARIZONA. Do not forget me.

The two newest perpetual trophies are the Diane Stowell Most Inspirational Trophy for the OCC Invitational Swim and the koa Hawaiian fishhook trophy for the Fishing Committee’s biggest fish winner in the annual tournament. In addition to the historic trophies, the Historical Committee is also responsible for most of the bronze plaques that feature our athletes around the Club. Be on the lookout for new plaques at the volleyball courts that celebrate our national championship volleyball teams. Many of our trophies have fascinating stories behind them—just reading the winners’ names gives us insight into our Club’s illustrious past. If you would like to learn more about our legendary trophy collection, visit our and search for the Waiwai Collection (Trophies and Na Mea). Thank you for the last five years! They have been very special to me. I look forward to having many, many more.

swimmers, football team, soccer team, track stars and more from the 1920s. And don’t forget the Duke Room tribute to our first Olympian. The biggest tribute to our accomplished athletes can be found in the brimming trophy cases in the Lobby, Boathouse and Board Room. The Historical Committee maintains the historic trophies, while the athletic committees are responsible for the perpetual trophies awarded at annual events. A trophy presented to Josephine Pratt in 1910 for the best girl surfer at the Outrigger Canoe Club is believed to be the oldest trophy at OCC, the first surfing trophy ever made, the first won by a woman and the first awarded by the Club. Recently, the Historical Committee acquired a trophy won by a team of American swimmers Dad Center took to Japan in 1926, which included OCC members Buster and Buddy Crabbe, Sam Kahanamoku and Johnny Woodd. The trophy was donated to the Club and will be displayed in the Lobby soon. Another unique trophy is the OCC 6-Man Open Perpetual Volleyball Trophy which was found at an estate sale. It was awarded to the Club’s beach volleyball tournament winners from 1943 to 1947. Among the winners’ names are Duke Kahanamoku, Dad Center and William Cook.

My very best,

Tyler Roukema, General Manager



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This Way In ➳

A Fine Fête OCC’s inaugural Food & Wine Fes val is happening this November. Save the Date: November 11, 2023 To kick o the holiday season, the Club is excited to host its first ever Food & Wine Festival. Chef Brandon and his team are working hard to create an ex- clusive menu of food oerings to serve at each station, while Food & Beverage Director Rede Eder is in touch with top distributors to bring in the perfect wine pairings. Full menu and list of wines will be announced ASAP. Mark your calendars!


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Tuesday, September 26 Our Stories, Our Fure

Humankind faces an urgent moment of necessary redefinition today—a self-perceptual change from considering ourselves apart from nature, to our being a part of nature. J. Matt, Honolulu-based documentary photographer and feature writer whose work largely focuses on global warming, will explore the disconnecting stories we’ve told ourselves that have defined both our systems and ourselves to the point the two have become indistinguishable and alienated us from our earth. These prevailing stories have failed us; it is time to rediscover, make, and tell new stories. A great deal depends on our being able to do so. Join Kealakai Center & The Pacific String Museum founder Ki-lin Reece for a multimedia presentation and journey through time chronicling the illustrious musical legacy of the Kahanamoku family. Reece will uncover the 19th century string ensembles of Duke Kahanamoku Sr. and his performances at the 1893 Chicago World Fair, the globetrotting musical odyssey of his violin, as well as the Hawaiian steel guitar pioneering brother Professor Keouli (aka Lui Thompson) and his band the Honolulu Students. Tuesday, October 24 The Kahanamoku Family Musical Legacy

Stew & Rice Be Our Guest ➳ If you haven’t had a chance to attend a Stew & Rice event yet, the Historical Com- mittee encourages you to add one to your calendar before the end of the year. You’ll not be disappointed (as evidenced by con- sistently sold out events!). We’ve recently featured a night of music and spontaneous hula, plus an informative discussion on the 52-year history of the Transpacific Yacht Race, where passionate testimonies were shared by OCC members who are avid sailors. Not only will you learn new stories that bring to life our shared history, but also ones that open your mind. You’ll share a night of aloha with loved ones and likely make new friends. We invite you to join us at our September and October events at 5:30 p.m. on the Koa Lanai.


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A Talented ‘Ohana By Ki-Lin Reece ➳ Founded in 2019, the non-profit Kealakai Center for Pacific Strings is dedicated to researching, restoring and cele- brating the rich history of luthi- ery (the art of construction and repair of stringed instruments), and musical arts in Hawai‘i. Our journey began during a research

waterman and Olympic medalist, Duke Kahanamoku. Duke’s father, Duke Kahanamoku Sr. was thirteen years old when his half-brother Lui was born in 1882. A talented musician himself and member of the Royal Kawaihau Glee Club, in 1893 Duke Sr. organized the musicians to appear at the Chicago World’s Fair. In 1900, Lui, under the name Louis K. Thompson, graduated from the Kamehameha Schools and the music program led by Royal Hawaiian Band Master

Duke Kahanamoku Sr.

expedition to the Library of Congress in 2017, where we stumbled upon a collection of recordings dating back to 1904, performed by a Hawaiian string ensem- ble named the Honolulu Students. Recognizing the historical significance of these recordings, we em- barked on a mission to digitally remaster and re-re- lease these records. Through our research eorts, we have unveiled the identity of the bandleader and violinist within the ensemble, a man named Lui Thompson. Lui it turns out is none other than the uncle of the renowned

Henry Berger, at which time he began his career as a professional musician. In 1901, Mekia Kealakai engaged him as a violinist to perform at the World’s Fair in Bualo, New York, launching a successful musical career that would lead him to international stardom. When Lui Thompson passed in June of 1937, his nephew Duke Jr. had his ashes returned to Hawai‘i to be laid to rest with the Kahanamoku ‘ohana. For more information, visit Pacific String Museum at

Annual OCC Photo Contest SUBMISSION PERIOD: October 1–31

It’s me to show o“ your epic shots at the annual OCC Photo Contest! The contest opens Sunday, October 1. OCC members and their immediate families are welcome to par cipate. Each par cipant can enter up to two photographs per category. For those who would like to submit 8x10 photos, paper forms will be available at the Front Desk. Make sure to get your photos in by Tuesday, October 31 at 5 p.m. Visit the for more details and instruc ons on how to upload your digital photos.


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Reading ’Riggers

5. Call me Ishmael. –Herman Melville Answer: _________________________________________________ 6. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. –Jane Austen Answer: _________________________________________________ 7. It was love at first sight. –Joseph Heller Answer: _________________________________________________ 8. What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? –Erich Segal Answer: _________________________________________________ 9. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Pivet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense. –J.K. Rowling Answer: _________________________________________________ 10. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. –Charles Dickens Answer: _________________________________________________ 11. It was Wang Lung’s marriage day. –Pearl Buck Answer: _________________________________________________ 12. “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. –Louisa May Alcott Answer: _________________________________________________ 13. To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth. –John Steinbeck Answer: _________________________________________________

Celebrating Seven Years Reading ’Riggers is having a birthday party and you’re invited! By Gerry DeBenedetti

SAVE THE DATE: October 6, 2023 at 10 a.m.

➳ Yes, Reading ’Riggers is 7 years old, and we are celebrating with birthday cake, a game and discussing good reads. The celebratory game is printed below so everyone can participate. Answers will be provided at the party on October 6. If you are unable to attend, submit your answers to the OCC Front Desk and provide your contact information. Your quiz will be corrected and returned. No Googling—this is an electronic device- free book club. Some beginnings are so famously effective that readers can look at them and name the literary works they lead off. Identify the work of fiction started by each passage. 1. Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Auntie Em, who was the farmer’s wife. –L. Frank Baum Answer: _________________________________________________ 2. All children, except one, grow up. –James M. Barrie Answer: _________________________________________________ 3. You don’t know about me without you have read a book called The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain’t no matter. –Mark Twain Answer: _________________________________________________ 4. Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversation?’ –Lewis Carroll Answer: _________________________________________________


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14. One of the very first bullets comes in through the open window above the toilet where Luca is standing. –Jeanine Cummins Answer: _________________________________________________ 15. James Bond, with two double bourbons inside him, sat back in the final departure lounge of Miami Airport and thought about life and death. –Ian Fleming Answer: _________________________________________________ 16. Renowned curator Jacques Sauníere staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum’s Grand Gallery. –Dan Brown Answer: _________________________________________________ 17. As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed into a giant insect. –Frankz Kafka Answer: _________________________________________________

18. Buck did not read the newspapers or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego. – Jack London Answer: _________________________________________________ 19. When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. – Harper Lee Answer: _________________________________________________ 20.He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty- four days now without taking a fish. –Ernest Hemingway Answer: _________________________________________________ If you are planning to stay for the after-party lunch, please come 10 minutes early to pre-order your lunch. We start on time at 10 a.m.



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The Chicago Club 81 East Van Buren St., Chicago, IL By Valerie Davis Reciprocal Club Review ➳ Founded in 1869 by Chicago’s civic, business and entrepreneurial leaders, The Chicago Club is one of the premier clubs in the U.S. In fact, it’s been named on both the Platinum Club of America and the World lists. The Club has just completed an extended renovation of all of its public rooms and restaurants, such as The Terrace, The Grill Room, as well as the more casual The Library Bar and The Lounge. The Club also has a fitness center that’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week; a concierge center; and 32 hotel rooms of various sizes. It’s ideally located in the Loop area of Downtown Chicago, with access to the city’s two major airports, convenient to the financial district and Michigan Avenue shopping.

See all the details that this fine Club has to offer by visiting A Reciprocal Fact Sheet is also available at the Front Desk. They do require a Letter of Introduction which may be emailed in advance, so before heading to the Windy City, call or stop by the Executive Office and set up the letter with JoAnne Huber. This letter is good for two weeks—and one can visit for a maximum of 30 days in one year. Accounts can be settled with all major credit cards.  The Chicago Club has been named on both the Pla num Club of America and the World lists.


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UNDER WATER WORLD 16 AMA | september / october 2023 MEMBER PROFILE



Propelled by the powerfully smooth kick of fins, engulfed in a deep blue world, the sound of bubbles and the sharp crackle of the reef, the only sounds of life pulsating from the underwa- ter city, spearfisherman Titus Mei-Zhi Salter is right where he feels most at home—a place that puts most people on edge. Calmly cruising through the depths, Salter keenly observes the movement of ocean life around him, taking cues from the patterns of sand movement below, the temperature changes of depths, and the influx of current. Passionate spearfisherman Titus Salter is determined to share this sport with more members. By Mara Pyzel & Jasmine Chagnon Photos by Matt Heirakuji

OUT TO SEA: The annual fishing compe on now includes spearfishing as a category—thanks to the commitment and dedica on of Salter. His passion was ignited by his grandfather and is fueled by his endless fascina on of the sea.

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Propelled by the powerfully smooth kick of fins, engulfed in a deep blue world, the sound of bubbles and the sharp crackle of the reef, the only sounds of life pulsang from the underwater c«, spearfisherman Tis Mei-Zhi Salter is right where he feels most at home—a place that puts most people on edge. Calmly cruising through the depths, Salter keenly observes the move- ment of ocean life around him, taking cues from the paerns of sand movement below, the temperare changes of depths, and the influx of current.

hen one of the world’s best loca ons to spearfish is your own back- yard, why not take advantage of the incredible opportunity to explore it? Generally, visibility is good year-round, the water is warm, and there’s a variety of fish to see—and catch. It’s no wonder why people have been diving Hawai‘i’s waters for generations. The thirty-year-old spearfisherman is in pursuit of nature’s oer- ing to him on this day, an eco-minded hobbyist, drawn to the experience of the process, from start-to-finish. Introduced to the popular island watersport by his grandfather, the late pioneering big-wave surfer and renowned oceanographer Ricky Grigg, some of Salter’s fondest childhood memories took shape from these times, these waters, this sport. “My grandfather, who was a member of Outrigger, taught me how to three prong as a kid, as well as basic diving skills. As I got older I kept coming back to spearfishing so I decided to take some freedive class- es and continue it into adulthood,” said Salter. Since then, the 17-year Outrigger Canoe Club member has attempted to live up to the legacy left to him by his grandfather. On top of being an acclaimed watermen, Grigg conducted extensive research on coral ecology as a professor of oceanog- raphy at the University of Hawai‘i. His passion for protecting the ocean and its marine life was passed down to Salter. Upon graduation from Roosevelt High School in Makiki, Salter ven- tured o to the East Coast of the continent where he attended Hobart and


William Smith Colleges in a quaint town in upstate New York. Returning home to these tiny islands in the Pacific also returned Salter to the sea. He then transformed his hobby into a career, taking his newfound business acumen in sales and fusing it with his love of spearfishing. He sold fish and fishing accessories, wholesale seafood and worked at a dive-and-tackle shop. Salter also uses spearfishing to play citizen scientist and sometimes harvests fish at the re- quests of local fisheries labs for sampling. Hav- ing competed at the 2023 Kona nationals and Kauai Invasive shootout, Salter enjoys the fusion of sustainability, competition and community outreach. In Kauai, he was able to land a 4.7 lb rare orange-finned roi, a common invasive with a surprising coloration that had not yet been stud-

ied by scientists. The fish was donated so that scientists could take tissue samples to confirm local rumors that the distinct colors are a strong indicator of high levels of ciguatera toxin. Right o the shores of the Club, Salter shot his first manini. He also caught a papio with a three prong spear, which ended up wriggling away—“it haunted my dreams for over a decade

JUST FOR FUN: The cond£ons weren’t quite right, but it didn’t hold Salter back from going on a li¥le adven¦re.

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“My grandfather, who was a member of Outrigger, taught me how to three prong as a kid as well as basic diving skills.” until I finally landed another one,” he says. As for favorite spots, he’s keeping a tight lip. However, as chair of the Fishing & Boating committee, Salter is happy to share insider knowledge about the sport to those interested in learning more and giving it a shot. Actually, it was Salter who pushed for spearfishing to be included in OCC’s annual fishing tournament for the first time in its 13-year history. As a Club that fosters and promotes Hawaiian watersports, OCC has always had members who are avid fishermen and women, fishing from outrigger canoes or even sur²oards in the waters in front of the Club. In 2011, the Fishing & Boating Committee was formed and the Club began hosting annual fishing tournaments. Now in its 13th year, categories include motorized boat, human powered, shore angler and new to the tournament: spear fishing. Salter’s ea- ger to share his love of the sport with other members, just like his grandfather did. Jennifer Fratzke, the tournament’s director for the last five years, said spear- fishing has been a category on her radar for quite some time, and once Salter took over as chair of the committee, it was a

Salter says that moving forward, most, if not all, spearfishing tournaments will end up being invasive hun ng-based. So ge¥ing to know the invasive spe- cies in these waters is a win-win from a ecological perspec ve as well as a compe ve perspec ve!

no-brainer to finally add it. “I was so stoked to have an- other person with a similar passion for the sport join the team,” says Fratzke. The challenge of spearfishing is interwoven with the danger of it, so Salter intends to educate the next gen- eration about the sport, and ocean safety in general. He hopes this will serve as a means of prevention of future ocean-related accidents. For this reason, those participat- ing in the spearfishing category of the fishing tournament have to be with a partner—a rule Salter felt was necessary. To further highlight the importance of safety, he hopes to host more programs and provide training opportunities for members interested in spearfishing and freediving. In fact, Salter spearheaded a keiki clinic that was in- cluded in the fishing tournament, organizing two experts from Freedive Safe! Hawai‘i to teach about ocean safety. The 501(C)(3) nonprofit was founded in August 2020 by a team of freediving and spearfishing industry leaders to improve the safety instruction for communities in Hawai‘i and beyond, including the state’s youth. But, as Salter well knows, the excitement is worth

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On The Hunt

Whether you’re new to the sport, a recreaonal diver or a seasoned vet, look for these invasive fish in the Waikīkī area. Invasive fish are a threat to our na ve species and habitats. To combat the threat, hunt them! #1 TARGET Roi (peacock grouper) Though grouper is a popular fish to eat in other areas of the world, here in Hawai‘i, roi generally stays o“ the menu. That’s because it has been known to have a high- er rate of ciguatera, a toxin that builds in some fish and causes illness when eaten by people. Because there’s no safe, proven and inexpensive way to test for ciguatera once you catch the grouper, it’s best to avoid ea ng it. The good news is that these fish are quite curious and you can o¨en get within range for a quick shot. GOOD EATS Ta‘ape (bluestripe snapper) The ta‘ape is hard to miss with its bright yellow body andelectric blue stripes. This beau ful snapper is also delicious, with a delicate and mild white meat. Try it fried, grilled, steamed or as ceviche! STILL A THREAT To‘au (black tail snapper) The to‘au is one of the most common fish species in the Hawaiian Islands. Whether you dive 10 feet or 40 feet down, you’re almost guaranteed to see one when near the rocky reef. This species was introduced into Kāne‘ohe Bay in the ’50s from French Polynesia. Since then, it’s taken over reefs, outcompe ng na ve species like the kumu, Hawai‘i’s only endemic shallow-water goat fish which can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

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Despite merky water cond£ons, Salter had fun exploring the reef.

“I’ve seen whales, whalesharks, oceanic mantas, sharks that are 10-feet and larger—they’re all massive and have this awesome presence that you can’t help but be in awe of.”

go fish! the risk. “I like the challenge of shooting fish,” he says before quickly noting, “It can be pretty diŽ- cult with conditions and dealing with the limits of your body, but getting food as a reward for doing it is pretty sweet,” he laughs. Life underwater has a way of reminding him of life’s priorities, no matter what is happening on land. “Anything really, really big really puts into perspective how small and fragile we are. I’ve seen whales, whalesharks, oceanic mantas, sharks that are 10-feet and larger—they’re all massive and have this awesome presence that you can’t help but be in awe of.”

This awe is the siren call of the sea sport for Salter, and sparks the passion he has and hopes to share with others. His advice to beginners: “Take a freediving class. Freedive Safe! does great free clinics, but if you want the full skillset I’d recommend taking a class with a certified instructor.” When not engulfed by the world of spearfish- ing, Salter can be found fueling up on the Club’s honey garlic chicken, unwinding in the steam of the Club’s sauna or celebrating a special event. “This Club is a lovely place with lots of family memories associated with it.” ■

Be ready to fish when waters are open to fish come January 2024. The Club is located within the Waikīkī-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area, and beginning in January of 2024, the area will once again be open to fishing (during odd years the area is closed to fishing). Fratzke says the waters o“ of the Club are great ones to explore. “Right in front of OCC and headed towards Hawai‘i Kai, the water is full of di“erent species you can catch. It’s best to go out on your kayak, outrigger or boat and troll, or go diving,” she advises.

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Winner, Winner, Fish Dinner!

Par cipants of the 13th Annual OCC Fishing Tournament were for”nate enough to spend a day together on the water doing what they love. The overall winner of the Wahine category, 12-year-old Kennedy Chilcoat, caught a 37-inch mahi, one of the larg- est fish of the day. Poet Gentry and Jason Michino caught 33 invasive fish, while Ti¦s Salter and his partner Rodrigo caught 23 invasives. All par cipants in the spearfishing category went for overall invasives so congra¦la ons to this year’s first compe tors in that category, and mahalo for cleaning up the reef! “This tournament has always been about the keiki. We want to spread knowledge, safe¤ and teach youth to fish pono so that our fu”re and the fu”re of our precious ecosystems can thrive,” says tournament director Jennifer Fratzke. Motorized: 1st: Burt Moritz, Justen Chilcoat, Gavin Klein and Kennedy Chilcoat 2nd: Bill Johnson, Tristen Ballew, Eric Ballew, Gary Johnson 3rd: Jerry Meredith, James Michino, Jason Michino

Wahine Kennedy Chilcoat

Human Powered: 1st: Jennifer Fratzke 2nd: Steve Harris Spear: No winner (merged with invasive) Shore 11 and up: 1st: Luke Barnes 2nd: Candes Gentry 3rd: Nora Me²ide-Gentry

Invasive 1st: Jason Michino and Poet Gentry 2nd: Ti¦s Salter and Rodrigo

Fratzke (le¨) and Salter (right) showing o“ their catch.

Shore 10 and under Poet Gentry

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family fishing 101

Fishing is a fun and educa onal family ac v¦, especially in Hawai‘i where you might see an en re family gathered at the water’s edge trying to catch their evening meal or just catching and releasing fish for entertainment! Although it’s the end of our summer vaca on season, in Hawai‘i we are for¦nate enough to have “summer” weather all year long (when compared to the mainland!) and access to the ocean so fishing can be a year-round family ac v´! Ge¨ing started with the very basics consists of your terminal tackle – fishing pole, line, hooks etc., protec ve gear/apparel and of course, bait. Let’s break it down into more detail here:


Basic tackle: Bamboo fishing pole, hooks/weights/floaters (bobbers), line and bucket. This may run a family of four about $50, and your fishing pole can last a life me if cared for properly. Protec ve apparel: A wide-brim hat o“ers the best protec on for your head, ears, neck and shoul- ders from exposure and sunburn. Baseball caps and wide-brim visors work too, but leave some exposure. A long-sleeve t-shirt is okay, but will not protect you as much as one with a U/V protec ve rat- ing. Today’s U/V shirts o¨en have a UPF ra ng of 50, with mois¦re wicking and stain-proof qual£es. These shirts o¨en also come with protec ve hoods, which makes hats op onal. Popular brands to look for include Costa, Ane k and Pelagic. For footwear, we recommend a

evolve from the basic pole and line fishing into cas ng or boat fishing, you’ll find yourself gradua ng to di“erent ¸pes of bait ranging from ika (calamari squid) and tako (octopus) to saba (mackerel) and ‘opelu (mackerel scad). What Will You Catch? Hundreds of di“erent reef fish species thrive in these Hawaiian waters. The most common fish from our shorelines are hinalea (wrasse), humuhumu (triggerfish), po‘o pa‘a (rockfish) and maybe even a papio (jack trevally)! If your family is ready to take the plunge, visit your nearest local tackle shop, they all have sta“ that can help your family get started. And don’t forget that sunscreen!

set of Tabis over sneakers, dive boo es or reef waders. Tabis protect you from the rough-edged rocks and spines from the wana that adorn our rocky shorelines. Plus, Tabis will help prevent you from slipping on the wet rocks. Tabis run from $30 per pair and are available in sizes for adults and kids. Bait: For your basic family ou ng, a simple $5 tray of shrimp from the seafood sec on of the super- market is your best bet. Once you

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Athlete Extraordinaire Toa Pere was named OCC Junior Surfer of the Year

➳ Adding to the list of names engraved on the John McMahon Perpetual Outstanding Junior Surfer Trophy is Toa Pere. The 14-year-old’s name and reputation is now alongside illustrious members such as three-time Olympic kayaker Tracy Phillips. “Hailing from the North Shore of O‘ahu, Toa is experienced beyond his years in the ocean. A gentleman out of the water and fierce competitor in the water, from winning multiple divisions in this year’s surf jam to being the youngest ever to paddleboard across the Molokai channel, Toa exemplifies the Outrigger spirit,” says Surf Committee Chair Tai Sunnland.


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Set Up for Success OCC’s Junior Volleyball players shine on (and o—) the court.

Outrigger Red came in 2nd place in the Club vs. Club event at BVCA National Championship in Hermosa Beach, CA. Melahi Pelancia and Georgie Lee took home bronze medals at the 30th Annual AAU Girls’ Junior National Beach Volleyball Championships and gold medals at the AAU Tour Championship just days later.

➳ OCC’s 17s and 18s boys left it all on the floor at the AAU Boys National Championships! 17s made it to the gold bracket, taking 5th in the nation. Boys 13s made it to the Gold Bracket, coming in 5th at the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championship.

“Waterman – Duke: Ambassador of Aloha” has been nominated for an Emmy Award by The Na onal Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the Outstanding Historical Documentary category. Congra¦la ons to Associate Producer Billy Pra¥! The Aloha, Emmy Awards!

documentary about the beloved Duke Kahanamoku fea¦res snippets of the Club, serving as the backdrop for interviews with Pra¥ and fellow member Fred Hemmings. Stay ¦ned— Emmy Award winners will be announced on September 28.


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I Mua! ➳ Rega¨a season wrapped with the 2023 HCRA State Championship at Hilo Bay on August 5. Despite the rain, more than 2,500 padders from across the Islands showed up for the race. Congratulations to the teams who placed, but also every single person who was involved in the program— paddlers, coaches and their family members. Hello, long- distance season!

Interested in paddling? Contact Matt at

Clockwise from top le¨: OCC Na Kama O Kapua Red ; Novice B Men were honored with the Ala Wai Swim Team award, complete with OCC swim cap and hydrogen peroxide; Novice A Women honored for their breakout season; 2023 Bob Fisher Perpe¦al Trophy, Female Jr. Athlete of the Year - Eva Sandvold; The Masters Women worked together this year to qualiº crews in every division for the Macfarlane Rega¥a— sweeping every race they entered.


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Employees of the Month On the frontline and behind the scenes, these employees have been recognized for their outstanding performance. L


One late night after leaving the gym, Myles and Johann were driving down Palolo Avenue when they came across a young man who had been hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle. Myles stopped the car and Johann swiftly jumped


EJ joined OCC in Octo- ber 2020 and has done

into action to stabilize the 16-year-old’s head. He then asked a bystander to call for EMS while he began assessing the patient to determine the severity of his injuries. When Myles arrived, he took control of the head while Johann did a head-to-toe. The young man had a head injury, broken left arm, broken hip and broken right leg. They stabilized him in place until EMS ar- rived on the scene and took over. We are proud to have real-life heroes, saving lives around the clock, as part of our OCC ‘ohana.

a great job enforcing the Club’s rules. He re- cently came across a large sum of money at the Club (on the ground in plain sight!) and took prompt action to report it. His integrity, polite demeanor, and commitment to excellence make him an irreplaceable team member. And guess what EJ did with his EOM check: He treated his friends to lunch!

JULY Malia Pao ADMIN CLERK Since January 2008, Malia has been helpful in many areas and even answers her cell phone

JULY Jennifer Watland ADMIN CLERK

Jennifer has been with the Club since February 1996. She always treats members kindly when she calls regarding delinquent

on her days off when there are issues at the Front Desk. She excels at solving problems and takes a proactive approach whenever she encounters issues by reaching out directly to tech support for answers. Recently, Malia and Jennifer took time out of their lunch break to assist a member with downloading the OCC app on their phone and helping them log in. They are both always will- ing to assist members and staff in any capacity.

balances and lends an ear to their situations with care and compassion. She also helps fellow employees in countless ways, from assisting with supplies, relaying time-sensitive messages, helping change orders placed at the Snack Shop, and more!



FORE! The OCC Golf Club season is in full swing, but there’s sll more fun to be had. ➳ Participants have played on some of the best golf courses on O‘ahu—Mid-Pacific and O‘ahu Country Clubs, to name a few—and have made new friends along the way. But don’t worry, there’s still time for you to up your golf game, and find more friendship, camaraderie and competition. All of the tournaments lead up to the 2023 OCC Golf Club Championship, a 36-hole contest across the November and December outings (for those who qualify). If you’re, interested in getting on the green, email Matt Gilbertson at golf@outriggercanoeclub. com to get on the evite list for all upcoming golf events, or text him at 808-383-0149 with questions.

Malia Schimmelfennig DECEASED: JUNE 3, 2023 Member: 18 years Margo K. Zenchak DECEASED: JUNE 10, 2023 Member: 18 years Toni M. Thurling DECEASED: JUNE 14, 2023 Member: 11 years Ruby W. Ifversen DECEASED: JUNE 21, 2023 Member: 51 years William M. Swope DECEASED: JUNE 26, 2023 Member: 49 years Barbara (Bobbid) J. Brodhead DECEASED: JULY 5, 2023 Member: 49 years John I. Stringfellow DECEASED: JULY 9, 2023 Member: 25 years John G. Beaton DECEASED: JULY 9, 2023 Member: 39 years Paul M. Ganley DECEASED: JANUARY 12, 2023 Member: 73 years

See the digital issue for links to memorial information.

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