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CONTENTS JULY / AUGUST 2022
Savoring Summer Candes Gentry oers ps, recipes and more p.8 History in the Making Successful Stew & Rice events, and what to look forward to p.10
A Legacy Lives On The es between OCC and Outrigger Hotels and Resorts p.12 Salt Water Superhighway The Kapua Channel, then and now p.18
Swim Fans The OCC Invitational Swim winners p.23
Employee of the Month p.29
The South Shore surf was up ust in time for OCC’s Surf Jam 2022.
Cover & TOC photos by Tommy Pierucki
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Outrigger Canoe Club
The ocial publicaon 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 eciently 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.
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From the President’s Desk
WHO IS OUR NEIGHBOR, THE ELKS? As we have considered our lease negotiation, I’ve learned a lot about our neighbors. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by my recent interactions with the Elks’ leadership and have a newfound understanding of the organization and its members.
As we consider common challenges ahead, I thought it might be helpful to share some of the insights I’ve recently gained. History The Elks Lodge 616 was founded on O‘ahu in 1901 and leased their first physical space in a modest building on Beretania and Miller Streets. In 1920, Mrs. James B. Castle sold her 155,000 sq. ft. property in the “countryside” of Waikīkī to the Elks. When her husband passed away in
Common Challenges We are both stewards of these beautiful properties that are precious as well as a
tremendous responsibility. We have the same environmental challenges. We also have similar operational challenges such as limited parking, homeless visitors and a diverse membership that is sometimes hard to please. Elks and OCC management teams have collaborated on solving several of these issues in the past and will continue to do so in the future. As neighbors, are there opportunities to support each other? Think joint fundraising for selective causes, joint sports events and contests that combine athletic teams and events when the participation numbers are low. We are quite dierent in many respects, but who knows, in small bites, one and one just might equal three. While some have voiced perceptions of ill-will between the Elks and OCC, my experience with Elks’ leadership over the past year is quite the contrary. Make no mistake, we both approach lease negotiations with a business mindset, but we are joined together in many ways. Respecting each of our long-held traditions, addressing our common challenges and remaining stewards of our beautiful property seems to continue to be the right path forward.
1918, the property was simply more than Mrs. Castle could manage and she sold it to the Elks for a very reasonable fee. In February 1957, after several failed attempts to purchase the Ewa side, the OCC entered into a long-term lease with the Elks. Steeped in Tradition Designated a 501 c8, the Elks is a Fraternal Beneficiary Society whose common purpose is to improve the quality of life in local Elks communities by supporting projects like helping youth develop life-long skills, sending students to college, and meeting the needs of local veterans. Honolulu Elks donates $400,000 to $500,000 annually to many local causes. They have a paddling program, a swimming pool and an overall family atmosphere. The national organization provides guidance/rules for keeping its 501 c8 status, but beyond that, the local lodge makes its own decisions. Designated a 501 c7, the OCC is a non-profit organization and is arguably the premier ocean sports club in the world. Our longtime mission has been to perpetuate a place where “man may commune with the sun and sand and sea, where good fellowship and aloha prevail and where the sports of old Hawai‘i shall always have a home.” We also invest in charitable organizations, but our common bond is the fellowship and the perpetuation of old Hawai‘i sports.
Laurie Foster President
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General Manager’s Corner
ALOHA OUTRIGGER OHANA, Over the last several years I have had the pleasure of working with so many incredible Outrigger employees. From sta that have only been with us for a short while, to those that have been here for decades, they are all part of my family! So, it’s always hard to see members of your family leave the Club to pursue other opportunities.
Jonothan Saunders has been living on and o O‘ahu since he was 13 years old. Jono has exten- sive knowledge in facilities and has a concrete (no pun intended) background in construction. Jono and his son Sterling (14), love water sports. After talking with them, it sounds like dad is still able to keep up in the water with Sterling, but not by much! Jono also has a tremendous amount of experience working on watercraft. From yachts to one-mans, I think Jono will be a great resource for the Club on and o the water. Both Matt and Jono are excited for the challenge and have exactly what the Club is looking for; they are both eager to support their departments, to learn, and to help continue the proud traditions of the Outrigger Canoe Club.
As you might be aware, Robert Greer, our Facilities Director for the last 15 years, left to pursue other opportunities in April. In addition to his departure, we also lost Shannon Pelkey, our Athletic Director for the last five years. Shannon and her hus- band relocated to Denver for his job. Both Shannon and Robert have been huge assets to the Club and will leave some large shoes to fill. I want to personally thank
both of them for their hard work and commitment. They each left the Club in a great position and we are lucky to have had them both on our team. With that being said, I am extremely happy to in- troduce you to two new members of the team, Matt Tanigawa and Jonothan “Jono” Saunders. Matt has taken over as the Athletic Director and Jono has taken over as the Facilities Director. Matt was born and raised in Kailua and has been around the water his entire life. He is currently go- ing through his recertification as a lifeguard. Prior to joining us at OCC, Matt was the General Manager of the Fitness Center at First Hawaiian Bank. He is also the Head Coach of the Pac-5 Swim Team. Matt and his wife Jenna have two beautiful keiki, a daughter Riley (4), and son Reese (2). Matt worked with Shannon before she left and will continue to work with Shannon for the next couple of months as she supports the Clubs operations remotely and helps set Matt up for success!
Please help me in welcoming both Matt and Jono to the family.
When you see them around the Club, I encourage you to say hello and welcome them.
On behalf of all of the OCC Ohana, I would like to also oer our best wishes to Velma Tanaka on her retirement after 58 years with the Outrigger. The Board of Directors unanimously voted to grant Velma Honorary Membership, so we hope we’ll see her around the Club.
Have a great summer!
Tyler Roukema, General Manager
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LOBBY The CLUB HAPPENINGS, CELEBRATIONS & EVENTS
This Way In ➳
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Savoring Summer The Gentry family offers a few tips on how to eat– and live–more pono.
Readers and cooks—and those who want to eat pono—are invited to the Reading ’Riggers meeting on September 2 at 10am, where we’ll feature the cookbook by the OCC member and her son. We will be meeting in the Koa Lanai with a cooking demo and tasting from the book. Until then, we encourage you to try these two simple and delicious recipes.
➳ Summer in Hawai‘i means savoring endless days of surf, sand, sunsets and healthy ways to eat pono with your ohana. It’s easier than you might think with these two must-make recipes that will eliminate food waste (aka clean out the left- overs in your fridge), and celebrate your best catch-of-the-day. Candes and Poet Gentry’s EAT PONO is more than a cookbook, it’s a family movement that starts in the home, it inspires intentional living that supports life’s longevity while stewarding the ‘aina with sustainable, pono practices.
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Happenings | The Lobby
Pono Practices 1. Always carry a non- plastic, reusable water bottle and shopping tote , ALOHA Collection’s Tropics Day Tripper is a favorite of Candes’. 2. Source local at your neighborhood Farmers Market 3. Buy staples in bulk 4. Plant a home garden — start with herbs! 5. Incorporate plant-based meals daily or weekly 6. Plan your meals for the week, as a family 7. Explore how to compost and repurpose food waste to reduce greenhouse emissions 8. Exercise daily for optimal mind and body health. Whether it’s a walk, a swim, a bike ride…just move! Copies of EAT PONO are available for special member discount pricing through Gerry DeBenedei.
Everything but the Kitchen Sink Salad INGREDIENTS Whatever you happen to have in your fridge, pantry or garden! Some of our favorites include: Le uce: mixed greens, romaine leuce, pea shoots, baby kale, or spinach Fruits: strawberries, papaya, mango, avocado, tomato, golden raisins, mandarin orange slices Vegetables: carrots, beets, radishes, heart of palm, cucumbers, radishes Toppings: pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, almonds, macadamia nuts, coconut shavings, edible flowers, mint, basil Dairy: blue cheese crumbles, feta cheese crumbles, Parmesan cheese shavings DIRECTIONS Rinse all ingredients thoroughly, drain, then chop into bite size pieces and arrange in a bowl. Start with the leuce on the boom and work your way up, placing the most fragile ingredients on the top. Serve with your favorite organic dressing or make your own balsamic reducon by reducing balsamic vinegar in a pan on medium heat for 5-10 minutes unl it becomes thick and sweet. Serve as a side dish or a main dish. Okinawan Sweet Potato Mash with Breaded ‘Ahi INGREDIENTS 1 lb. fresh ‘ahi* steaks, cut into 4 inch pieces 1 cup Italian bread crumbs 1 cup flour DIRECTIONS 3 eggs 4 Tbsp of olive oil 1 lemon, cut into wedges Prepare three shallow bowls with flour in one, beaten eggs in one, bread crumbs in one. Heat olive oil in pan over medium heat. Pat dry ‘ahi and then coat in flour, soak in egg, and bread crumbs. Fry on medium unl golden brown and cooked thoroughly. Serve with lemon wedges. *Consider sustainable fishing opons and use to‘au and ta‘ape fish instead of the ‘ahi.
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An early photo of ‘Iolani Palace.
History in the Making Stew & Rice
➳ Historical Committee members Gerri Pedesky and Joy Barnhart—organizers of the Stew & Rice series—were delighted to welcome members to “An Hour with Queen Lili‘uokalani,” on Tuesday, May 24. The reading by Rianna Williams and Alice Guild of Williams’ play was the third sold-out event in a row. In June, members enjoyed the documentary “Riding the Waves of Change,” with co-producers Caroline Yacoe and Judy Athans tell- ing the story of the Waikīkī Beach Boys and their time of transi- tion through interviews, archival footage and scenes of Waikīkī. On Tuesday, July 26, we will welcome a presentation from ‘Iolani Palace. With the Palace as a focal point, Executive Director of The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace Paula Akana and Palace Histo- rian Zita Cup Choy will share and celebrate who we were as a nation in the late 19th century. Then, put on your best mu‘umu‘u or palaka and join us in August as we welcome all the OCC “Old Timers” for Kanakapila on Tuesday, August 23. Top photo: Standing: Joy Barnhart, Alice Guild, Gerri Pedesky Seated: Guest Gussie Schubert, Rianna Williams Boom Photo: Felice Brault (seated le¡) with guests Janey Lau, Ted Grisell and Chrisne Grisell.
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Happenings | The Lobby
Calendar UPCOMING EVENTS
Macfarlane Regaa July 4th BBQ Cline Mann Paddleboard Race
Keiki Fishing Clinic 12th Annual Fishing Tournament
Stew & Rice
Stew & Rice Kanakapila
The Stories of O– Share Yours
➳ The Outrigger Canoe Club is a cache of amazing stories that bring to life its long history as well as that of Hawai‘i. And OCC members are the only ones who can tell them. Help Am a continue the Club’s storytell- ing tradition by sending us your memories and experiences. Send a short paragraph—who, what, why, where and when—and photos if available to email@example.com . Share your voice.
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By Jasmine Chagnon | Photos by Tommy Pierucki
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ne of the premier ben- efits of the Outrigger Canoe Club is un- doubtedly its location. Founded on fostering and preserving water sports of old Hawai‘i,
there’s arguably no better place to launch your canoe, paddle or swim out from than OCC. However, the Club hasn’t always been at this location. The story of this beloved Club begins just down the road, at the current site of Outrigger Waik -ık -ı Beach Resort. In 1908, the Outrigger Canoe Club leased one-and-a- half-acres at the mouth of the ‘Āpuakēhau stream, where Kamehameha the Great’s grass house once was. Between what was (at that point) the Moana and Seaside hotels, within two authentic and rare grass houses that were moved from the shuttered Kaimuki Zoo, Alexander Hume Ford’s vision for Outrigger Canoe Club came to life. Waikīkī would once again become accessible to kama‘āina and those small boys who were eager to take up surfing or canoeing. Just months later, the Club became a thriving organization and was embraced by the community. In 1914, a devastating fire engulfed much of the Club and forced new plans in terms of its facilities, and by 1915, there was a new look and a new era for the Club. Then again in the 1920s, due to various circum- stances, the property’s design was once again altered. Fast forward to 1937, a year before OCC’s lease expired, Walter J. Macfarlane was elected president of the Club. He became instrumental in several positive changes, including securing a new 25-year lease in that coveted location. After years of fundraising and nego- tiating, Macfarlane and the Board of Directors raised enough money to sign a contract with one of Hawai‘i’s top architects, Charles Dickey, as well as contractor Ralph
Waikīkī then and now. On July 4, 1910, OCC held its first 4th of July canoe race. The Clubhouse can be seen behind the trees, next to the lagoon. Fast forward to 2022, hotels line the shore, but many traditions continue there, including the Walter J. Macfarlane Memorial Canoe Regatta.
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Woolley to design new structures. A grand opening of the new physical structure for the 30-plus-year old organization was held on Valentine’s Day of 1941. Then again in 1949, the Board commissioned the illustri- ous Vladimir Ossipoff to refresh the space. By 1963, the lease on the land on which the Outrigger Canoe Club existed was once again set to expire. A perfect storm of events and failed negotiations contributed to the Club’s need to relocate, and ultimately, remaining at its original site proved to be far too expensive. Then owners of the property, Queen Emma Estate, got into negotiations with Sheraton hotels to take over the prime real estate. However, the deal fell through and the property was offered to—and quickly accepted by—Roy C. Kelley, an en- trepreneur who went on to be credited with transforming leisure vacationing in Hawai‘i. Roy and his wife Estelle got their entrepre- neurial start by building small apartment buildings in Waikīkī, and in 1947, they built their first hotel with 50 rooms for all to en- joy, distinguishing itself from the only other hotels in Waikīkī—The Royal Hawaiian, Moana Surfrider and Halekulani—which catered to the wealthy. Throughout the 1950s they built a few more hotels accessi- ble to the average traveler, pioneering the idea of family-style hotel rooms. In 1967, on the land where Outrigger Canoe Club plant- ed roots, they built the Outrigger Waikīkī, the first hotel to bear the Outrigger name. The Kelley’s expanded on the Outrig- ger chain throughout the 1970s, including the addition of Outrigger Waikīkī Surf, Outrigger East, Outrigger West, Outrigger Surf and Outrigger Village. In the mid ’80s, most of the properties in their three hotel chains—the Outrigger Hotels, the Reef Hotels and the Waikīkī Hotels—took on the Outrigger name when they consolidated
“As we were standing on the beachfront boundary, surfing legend and Olympic swimming champion Duke Kahanamoku came up and said, ‘Mr. Kelley, I’ve had my canoe stored on this land for years. Would you mind if I continued to keep it here until you start construction?’ Roy replied, ‘I would be honored if you would do that.’” —Dr. Richard Kelley
This page: An aerial view of the beachfront from Outrigger Waikīkī Beach Resort. Opposite page: the original location of OCC is now home to the hotel, but still provides access to the water sports of old Hawai‘i.
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sponsor of some of its most beloved events like Duke’s OceanFest and the Waterman Hall of Fame, respective- ly. In addition, the Club’s Walter J. Macfarlane Regatta, the oldest outrigger canoe race in the world, began in 1943 right there on Waikīkī Beach in front of the old OCC location and current Outrigger Waikīkī Beach Resort. In 1964, twenty-plus years after the inaugural race, the Club moved to its new (current) location, but the powers that be decided to keep the races at the original spot in Waikīkī. Still today, the race continues to be held in that location. ODKF funds the race, using
them into Outrigger Hotels Hawai‘i. “Outrigger Waikīkī Beach Resort was the first in the collection of hotels to be called an Outrigger and now Outrigger Hospitality Group is a global entity with properties in Hawai‘i, Fiji, Mauritius, Thailand and The Maldives—and a goal of being the premier beach resort brand in the world,” said Monica Salter, OCC member and VP Global Communications & Social Responsibili- ty Outrigger Hospitality Group. Though some big changes and challenges occurred within OCC, the shared respect between the Club, its
proceeds from the sales of souvenir t-shirts, hats, and the like. Members, participants and onlookers can still admire the trophies displayed near the official’s tent across from Duke’s Restaurant, and then delight in the award ceremony at the restaurant after the last race. Back in 2017, Fred Hem- mings Jr. and Marilyn Kali discussed OCC’s move from Waikīkī to the current location for the Historical Committee’s oral history project.
members and Outrigger Hotels con- tinued. “As we were standing on the beachfront boundary, surfing legend and Olympic swimming champion Duke Kahanamoku came up and said, ‘Mr. Kelley, I’ve had my canoe stored on this land for years. Would you mind if I continued to keep it here until you start construction?’ Roy replied, ‘I would be honored if you would do that,’” the late Dr. Richard Kelley, the eldest child of Roy and Estelle Kelley, wrote in a Saturday Briefing in 2007
During the conversation, Fred shared that Cline Mann, despite many others’ hesitation, was in favor of the Club moving from Waikīkī to Diamond Head, if for no other reason than the surf. Cline took Fred and a few other members out to surf to prove his point. Fred recalled, “We went out to Old Man’s, and, fortunately for Cline—and the rest of us—it happened to be a good summer day, so the surf was like six feet at the bowl, and it was great. You know, we’d take off on these six foot waves and go right and left. ‘God, Cline, that’s really fun! That’s way better than Waikīkī!’” Now, members are able to appreciate our idyllic location, but thanks in part to our longtime partnership with Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, time-honored traditions and the stories of days passed will not be forgotten. ■ For more information on the history of the Club, we encourage you to flip through the Outrigger Canoe Club The First Hundred Years , and comb through the oral histories and other archives at outriggercanoe- clubsports.com.
(the weekly letter he sent out to the employees of Outrig- ger). Even throughout the years of construction, Kelley made sure there was always a spot for Duke’s canoe. Today, like many places throughout Waikīkī, and within OCC, Duke’s legacy lives on at the Outrigger Waikīkī Beach Resort. In fact, the very spot where he stored his surfboard became Duke’s Restaurant. Moreover, in 1986, Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foun- dation (ODKF) was established to honor him, one of OCC’s most revered members. This nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization was a merger between Duke Kahanamoku Foundation and the Outrigger Foundation to provide support to Hawai‘i students, teams, and events that sus- tain the spirit of “The Big Kahuna.” ODKF focuses on the sports that Duke played and loved—the sports of old Hawai‘i that OCC was also formed around. Think canoe paddling, surfing, swimming, volleyball and more. Still today, two-thirds of the ODKF board members must also be voting members of OCC. Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has helped support ODKF by being the hospitality partner and major
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often from the Koa Lanai and Hau Terrace, if not use it daily, but do you know what the significance of the Kapua Channel was in the past and is now? Here’s a brief history and what this special place means to a few OCC members.
By Jasmine Chagnon | Photos by Tommy Pierucki
First place winners Jimmy Austin and his daughter Emalia showing off their tandem surfing skills at the 2022 Surf Jam
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OCC ON THE WATER
➥ It’s where the most popular open-ocean swimming happens. It’s the access to the most beloved surf spots. It’s the entry and exit for all the one-mans and canoes. “I guess you could say it’s a superhighway for all the ocean-open sports that we love doing here in Hawai‘i,” said Sam Clemens, Beach Services Supervisor, who’s been watching members come in and out of it—and using it for his own recreational purposes—for 25 years. Sam continued, “Castle’s [also known by its Hawaiian name, Kalehuawehe] on the way outside is one of the premier waves accessible by the Kapua Channel. It’s the wave that Duke [Kahanamoku] rode for more than a mile, all the way to Royal Hawaiian.” And though it can often be calm waters, a place to run into fellow ocean enthusiasts to ask “how is it out there?,” there are times the channel can be di¸cult to navigate. “Of course, you have to be mindful of the current out there. Any time there’s significant surf coming in, all that water has to go back out, and because the water takes the path of least resistance, it’s going out through the Kapua Channel,” Sam cautions. The name Kapua also refers to the land area where locals come to access Waikīkī, and the wa- ters just o of it had long been loved by Hawaiian ali‘i. The particular surf spot Kapua (now known as Old Man’s) has significance dating back to the early 1800s during the days of Queen Ka‘ahuma- nu and King Kamehameha. (To learn more about The Kapua Channel is one of the most frequented channels on the South Shore, and it’s right outside the Club’s door.
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OCC ON THE WATER
“My experience of the Kapua Channel is like being home. When I arrive in the chan- nel from a downhill Hawai‘i Kai run on an OC-2, I feel safe and welcomed home. Whether I’m using Kapua to paddle out for a surf session at Old Man’s, or rerning from an OC-6 pracce (when I used to paddle), or heading out to canoe surf with Kisi and Marc Haine, I experience a sense of comfort, beau and peace. Kapua has brought me joy, knowing that I have made another successful run; exhilaration, in man- aging it while the surf is cranking; and true delight in a simple swim out to the windsock. I am very grateful for Kapua’s protection and I appreciate her splendor as she shares her calming waters with all who are able to feel her embrace. Kapua is a special channel that has allowed us historical access to Moananuiākea, the vast Pacific Ocean, over thousands of years. This channel specifically has always been an important ancestral resource to Hawaiians as it opens to the nearshore fisheries of Kapua, Kaluahole, and Kaneloa. We con- tinue to be blessed by the oerings Kapua shares with us and it is my hope that all who use this channel, will honor and respect the precious gift of Kapua.” —Kaili Chun “Kapua Channel, the lifeline to the sea, to the reef, to the surf—it’s my happy place. I take it to go surf, swim, snorkel, kickboard with my girlfriends, and when I’m feeling a bit of island fever, I swim out to the flag to just get out in nare and look back at the shoreline, Diamond Head in all her grand- ness, and the majesc mountains in the distance. I love just floang in the waters there, knowing I’m safe from waves break- ing and shallow reefs (for the most part!). The Kapua Channel is an extension of my life force and like so many who came before me, where I will one day lay to rest. It can act as a conveyor belt on the way out and a treadmill on the way in. A good rule of thumb for
that, we encourage you to watch Ka‘ahele Ma Waikīkī , Hawaiian historian John Clark’s first presentation in the Kai Piha series of films, where he takes you on a tour of Waikīkī and shares more about its surf history.) Moreover, in an oral history conducted in 1987 for OCC, the late Cline Mann—a registered land surveyor in Hawai‘i by trade and someone many consider to be the father of modern paddleboard racing—explains how the ancient natural watercourse opened up the reef and the lagoon which was once known as the Sans Souci lagoon (the waters in front of Kaimana Beach Hotel) and form the Kapua Channel, which on ancient maps is called the Kapua Entrance. He goes on to talk about the visible remains of two cables that went midway and west to East Asia, originally installed by Pacific Commercial Cable. “When I was a kid, it was always interesting to me to see that cable that ran along the bottom when I would go snorkeling or swimming,” said Todd Bradley, as he recalled Cline explaining why they were there. From top: Members paddling out during the 2022 Surf Jam; During the 1987 Cline Mann 5K Paddleboard race, paddlers head toward Waikīkī to round the first buoy, then around another buoy toward Diamond Head, and finish on the Kapua Channel buoy toward the OCC Beach; Kisi Haine with mom Marilyn and dad Tom Haine at the 1992 Na Wahine O Ke Kai.
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ocean goers: save some energy for the paddle or swim in and when the Kapua Channel is closing out, don’t go out!” —Keely Bruns
“The Kapua channel brought me and my brother Marc to joy, happiness and fond mem- ories of my me in the ocean at the Outrigger Canoe Club. This amazing channel has been a special part of my entire life. My mom and Daddy Haine brought my brother Marc and I to the OCC beach during our youngest years, where we played in the shallow waters as babies. As we grew up, we ventured further out through the channel to chal- lenge ourselves in the bigger waves like Sandbar, Old Man’s and No Place surf breaks. Kapua was always (and is still) a place of safety and respite during larger surf. That said, the channel can be quite challenging during close-out surf, when Castle’s is breaking, but it still provides a safer entry into land. Kapua has been my driveway into the ocean during my long OC-6 paddling career. It feeds my love for the ocean and for the sports of canoe paddling, surfing, swimming and paddleboarding. I am extremely grateful for this chan- nel, as it continues to allow me safe passage into the beach upon my return from Hawai‘i Kai runs on my OC-2 canoe with friends, and it provides me with a salt water lap pool for my weekly swims out to the windsock. The channel also plays an important role in remem- bering family and friends who have passed. I appreciate the access it allows us to spread the ashes of our beloved, including those of my dad, Daddy Haine. Every time I paddle out to surf, swim, paddleboard or paddle canoe, I say a little prayer of thanks to God and daddy, keeping him close to me through the water of Kapua. Kapua channel is a dear friend to me. God has bless- ed me with the healing energy and safe passage of these precious waters and I am so grateful for the opportunity to express my gratitude to Kapua, which, now that I think of it, has been an important and meaningful mentor to me throughout my entire life. God bless Kapua Channel.” —Kisi Haine
The Illustrated Atlas of Surfing History: A historical map of Waikīkī created especially for John Clark’s film, Kai Piha – Ka‘ahele Ma Waikīkī , to include the traditional Hawaiian names of surf spots and the contemporary names that they are known by today.
“I use the Kapua Channel to access the various surf breaks with my foil board. The crowd out there is very mellow. Everyone is out there having a good me, there’s nobody dropping in on you. And it’s very spread out, so I can choose from a bunch of dierent spots—Sandbar, Old Man’s and more. And foiling in the channel is nice because it’s very groomed because the current kind of pulls out and as it pulls out it smooths out the surface. I like making big turns in the channel. It’s very soothing for me. Then I can peel o and catch the wind going back out, so I’ll peel o and actually pump back out to the surf break. Then I’ll do that again and again as long as my legs will last!” —DJ Rodgers
If you want to learn more about the history of the area, or read the oral history interview with Cline Mann and others, visit outriggercanoeclubsports.com, an invaluable trove of informaon updated and curated by the OCC Historical Commiee.
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SURFJAM 2022 A«er a two-year hias due to COVID-19, the 2022 Surf Jam was held in person. Eager parci- pants paddled out through the Kapua Channel to catch a wave. Prior to the pandemic, Surf Commiee Chair Brendan Brad- ley and a team of dedicated volunteers tweaked the holding period of the contest so it could happen during a me when the cond¦ons were more consistent. “Running and coordinat- ing an event is hard as is, but running one around the na¨ral element of swells can be even more tricky as the summer swells can be so fickle and hard to predict,” said Brendan. Luckily this year, cond¦ons were close to ideal.
2022 Winners Kayak/Surfski 1. Chuck Hill 2. Randall Carpenter 3. John Bustare U-14 Mehehune 1. Toa Pere 2. Jaxson Butler 3. Hanna Hemmings Boys 15-18 1. Kaoi Blaisdell-Higa 2. Keau Thompson 3. Brody Badham Open Women 1. Malia Eversole 2. Terri Needels 3. Kaili Chun Open Men 1. Sam Owen 2. Brendan Bradley 3. Jimmy Ausn Wise Men 40-59 1. Dolan Eversole 2. Mahew White 3. Cory Nakamura
Kupuna 60+ 1. Peter Balding 2. Sco Del Rey 3. Randy Shibuya Tandem 1. Emalia & Jimmy Ausn 2. Kelly Graf & Kayla Moore 3. Toa Pere & Jaxson Butler So ¢ Top 1. Kaoi Blasidell-Higa 2. Malia Mizuno 3. Deisroth Harrison Canoe 1. Team Beach Services 2. Jimmy Ausn and Crew 3. Marc Haine and Crew
PHOTOS BY TOMMY PIERUCKI
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SPORTS RESULTS, EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH & MORE CANOE ALLEY
Just Keep Swimming At 77 years young, accomplished open-ocean swimmer Uli Klinke receives the Diane Stowell Most Inspiraonal Swimmer Award at the OCC Invitaonal Swim in honor of Diane Stowell. ➳ “The Diane Stowell Most Inspirational Swimmer Award was started in 2017 when the Club’s Swimming Committee decided to dedicate the OCC Invitational Swim in memory of Diane. The award perpetuates Diane’s ability to inspire others to compete to the best of their ability, regardless of their age or experience.” — OCC sports website In 2017, the award was bestowed on Liloa Stowell, Diane’s grandson who, at the time, was 11-years-old and the youngest competitor at the event. Later recipients were Ernie Leskovitz in 2018 and Kathleen Quinn in 2019. Due to the pandemic, the OCC Invitational went virtual in 2020 and 2021 and no award was given. This year’s invitational swim at the end of May was bittersweet, because as we looked down the starting line there was one obvious swimmer missing: Ulrich Klinke. More often than not, Uli— as he is aectionately known—was the winner of his age group in almost every race he entered, often challenging the lead swimmers. But the morning of
this year’s swim, rather than fighting through the swimmers at the start, fighting to be the first to the turn buoy, fighting the current on the way in or fighting his way up the beach to a photo finish, Uli was receiving his eighth dose of chemotherapy. As the gun went o to start the race, Uli was in a race of his own, a race for his life. This year, though she wasn’t cheering from the sidelines or racing along side him, his wife Joanne (an accomplished paddler and runner in her own right) was still beside him. She’s his greatest cheerleader, whether it be on land or in the sea. We are honored to bestow the Diane Stowell Most Inspirational Swimmer Award on Uli Klinke this year, for his sportsmanship, his athletic prowess, and his fighting spirit.
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A bird’s eye view of the 2022 OCC Invitaonal Swim
• Received the coveted Humu Cup award by the Waikīkī Swim Club in 2012 • Voted Male Swimmer of the Year by the Waikīkī Swim Club in 2018 • Inducted into the Hawai‘i Swimming Hall of Fame in 2018
Uli still leads swimming every Sunday, even throughout his chemotherapy treatments. He makes his weekly swim down to Waikīkī and back to the shore of the Outrigger. Next year, we look forward to welcoming him back for the invitational, where he is sure to give his 75-80 year-old competitors the race of their lives. Below are some highlights from Uli’s athletic career: • Competed in 20 Possibly Annual Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough- H2O Swim (aka Waikiki Double Rough Water) • Participated in almost all of the North Shore Swim Series races since it began in the late 1980s • Completed 23 Waikīkī Roughwater Swims between 1976 and 2017 • Swam the ‘Au‘au Channel, from Lana‘i to Maui (8.8 miles) in 1987 • Swam the Kalohi Channel, from Lana‘i to Moloka‘i (9.3 miles) in 1989 • Swam the Pailolo Channel, from Maui to Moloka‘i (8.5 miles) in 1991 • Swam the ‘Alalākeiki Channel from Kaho‘olawe to Maui (7 Miles) in 1992
Name Age Time Briscoe Beaton 17 22:12.7 Sandie Easton 52 23:40.1 Blake Garlin 14 23:09.9 Jessica McCollum 34 23:50.5 Josie Mobley 19 23:35.5 John Renko 48 23:42.6 For a full list of results please visit melinehawaii.com OCC Invitaonal Swim Overall Winners
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2019 Fishing Tournament Parcipants at the Awards Ceremony
➳ The OCC Fishing & Boating Committee is proud to announce that it will hold the 12th annual OCC Fishing Tournament on Saturday, September 24, 2022. Save the date and sign up early for anoth- er day of fun with your ohana and friends. The tournament originated 12 years ago, when a group of members were talking about their recent catches at the OCC Bar. One thing led to another and the First Annual OCC Fishing Tournament was on. The 10th and 11th Annual Fishing Tourna- ments persevered during the pandemic when tour- nament director Jennifer Fratkze created a contest format that could run virtually. The OCC fishing tournament was one of the activities that still ran throughout the heavy COVID restrictions. Over the past 11 years, the tournament has grown into something very special, and now in- Reel Talk OCC’s Fishing Tournament is on and the new trophy is a true work of art OCC Fishing Tournament: Sa¨rday September 24 3rd Annual Keiki Clinics: Sunday, September 18 at 9am, 12pm and 3pm
cludes the much-anticipated keiki clinics, and two growing categories: shore fishing and fishing from canoes. Our vision is to have traditional ways of fishing taught to our youth, making safe boating and conservation as a priority. We are excited to have Jennifer return as our tour- nament director this year. She will continue to find new sponsors and we hope to get our tournament banquet back on the sand at the Snack Bar. The Fishing & Boating Committee is especially excited to have a new trophy for 2022. The trophy can be seen in the Club lobby. We owe much appreciation to Shannon Pelkey and Kawika Grant for helping us come up with the vision for the trophy. The top portion was custom handcrafted by Richard Howell—a well-known fisherman and craftsman from Kona and the Western Pacific— using special woods he carefully selected. The piece features plantation teak from Kaua‘i; earpod, a tree introduced to Hawai‘i in the early 1800s; and primavera, known in Hawai‘i as golden tree, which arrived in 1871. The koa base was made by Domi Gose, a former OCC employee and expert craftsman. “This piece, Lawai‘a Lanakila (winning fisherman), is based on one of the feats of Demi-god, Maui,” Howell says. “Briefly, Maui attempts to fish up the islands and bring them together using his great makau, Mānaiakalani,” he contin- ues, “He failed when Pele appeared as a beautiful woman
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in his floating canoe bailer. The hook comes loose when his startled brothers stop paddling and look on in amazement.” This theme is one of Howell’s favorites and can be seen in a number of his larger carved panels. Detailed text on this can be found in Martha Beckwith’s book Hawaiian Mythology . Of course, the Fishing & Boating Committee welcomes new members and looks forward to increasing the member involvement. We also seek to involve non-member entries with OCC sponsors. So, get your ohana and friends together and let’s celebrate another year of fishing and boating at the Outrigger Canoe Club.
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About the Artist, Richard Howell He is a self-taught woodcarver/sculptor. Over the past 35 years, he learned his trade through associ- ation with many indigenous woodcarvers through- out the islands of the Indo-Pacific, where he followed a career in fisheries development. Howell specializes in 3D and bas-relief carvings that re- flect the infinite drama, wonder and romance of the legends, myths and technology of the Indo-Pacific cultures. He mainly works on a one-on-one basis with clients, with numerous works now held in private collections throughout Hawai‘i, continental U.S., and Canada. He’s been married 52 years to his wife Maria of Suva, Fiji. They have three children, two born on the Pacific Islands of Fiji and Chuuk. They first lived in Hawai‘i in 1973 where he worked at Hawaiian Tuna Packers as a production intern and aku fleet dockside support. He lived and had his kids educated in Hawai‘i until 1990.
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Longme Friends Are New Cribbage Champs
By Margie Howe
➳ Dave Shoji and Charlie Brande won the 2022 OCC Cribbage Tournament in true championship form, winning every game in the Pool II then advanc- ing to play the winners of Pool I, Jason Oliver and Randy Conway. Both teams were first-timers to the OCC tournament. Buddies since college, Dave and Charlie were volleyball players before becoming well- known volleyball coaches. Now, we are all proud to say we know them as cribbage champions! Dave and Bonnie Andrews received second place standings in Pool I, and Nancy Muller and Kelly McDonald placed third. Pool I also included the teams of Paul Lowe and Owen Williams, Wendell Brooks and Leslie Mattice, Rod Muller and son JP, and Lance Livingston and Chris Laird. Pool II second place winners were Cynthia Simmons and Malia Kamasugi and Pumehana and Dave Wadsworth came in third. Wakefield and Robin Ward, Michele St. John and Wendy Crabb, Hugh Damon and son Cole, Maile Williams and daughter Heather Smith were the other teams in Pool II. The tournament was dedicated to our friends who aren’t here anymore, but loved to play: Muffy Perry Ohlmeyer, Kent Giles, Tim Guard, Gay Austin, Diana Snyder, Randy Shaw and Don Swope. Though we all miss them, we played with fun and joy in our hearts. I’d like to thank Randy Conway and Nancy Muller for helping me with the tournament. And a very spe- cial thanks to Nohea, our server during the event. Her help was invaluable. Also, thanks to the staff who set up the tournament area and provided great food and refreshments. If you aren’t aware, there are cribbage boards and cards available for sign-out at the Front Desk for play
Top to boom: 2022 winners Dave Shoji and Charlie Brande; Members enjoying an a¡ernoon of cribbage and cameraderie.
while at the Club. Cribbage is a fun family-friendly game, so if you haven’t taught your kids, now’s the time! It’s never too late to learn, but a good age to start is eight years old. What a great game!
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Employee of the Month
APRIL 2022 Johann Vollrath, Beach Services Johann joined the OCC Beach Services team in August 2021. Right from the start, Johann showed that he exceeds expectations and tackles his job duties with excellence. He has a can-do attitude and learns quickly, taking on new tasks with confidence. Johann grew up in American Samoa and graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology. ➳ On the frontline and behind the scenes, this employee is being recognized for their outstanding performance.
Gertrude “Trudy” Wyat DECEASED: SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 Member: 22 Years Bonita Smith DECEASED: DECEMBER 18, 2021 Member: 1 year Duke Petty DECEASED: MARCH 29, 2022 Member: 4 years Karl A. Haushalter Jr. DECEASED: APRIL 3, 2022 Member: 45 years
Thomas D. King Jr. DECEASED: APRIL 13, 2022 Member: 51 years Jeffrey M. Taylor DECEASED: APRIL 24, 2022 Member: 61 years Charles S. “Kala” Judd III DECEASED: MAY 12, 2022 Member: 43 years Douglas Carr DECEASED: MARCH 27, 2022 Member: 67 years
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