Jun 13 2010

Honolulu Elks Kumulokahi Da Keiki Ocean Fest

Published by at 12:19 pm under Hawaii,Observations on People

Geno and Willy at Sign-Up

Geno and Willy at Sign-Up

Often we hear people say “lucky we live Hawaii”. For me yesterday was a true example of the slogan. The Honolulu Elks Club hosted a family-fun, ocean day for members and friends. It was a celebration of ocean sports, community, and getting active.

Starting at 10am people started to gather. Beneath a bright, blue sky we joined for a blessing and the festivities began! Under the direction of Elk member and Kumulokahi leader Mr. Keoni Farias, registration was open. Keoni is the Honolulu Elks’ resident water expert maintaining the canoes and who without his participation, the Ocean Fest event would not have happened. I would also like to recognize Mr. Wily Rol and Mr. Jon Takushi, Elk members and members of the “New Hope Diamond Head Surf Ministry and Da Crew”, who provided much of the Stand Up Paddling (SUP) equipment and lessons for everyone.

Outrigger Canoe Rides

Outrigger Canoe Rides

Participants had the options of taking a ride in an Outrigger canoe, surfing, and SUP. Throughout the afternoon more than forty children and adults had signed up for the ocean action. I gave SUP a whirl and had a blast. As I was paddling out by the channel, weaving between all the rock star ten year old girls who were making it look easy, I encountered some men. It was apparent they were completing a long Hawaii Kai stand up paddle run. As I passed them I heard them mutter, “Man it is crowded today. And where did all these girls come from?” I chuckled to myself because I think the ten year old girls were faster than the men!

Mother and Daughter SUP

Mother and Daughter SUP

In the end one hundred and fifty people came to experience “Kumulokahi Da Keiki Ocean Fest”. Many were members I recognized and there were also many fresh faces. Being on the water with everyone was truly a feeling of fellowship and camaraderie. Everyone was helping one another, making new friends and laughing. My face hurt from smiling so much! It was a sincere sense of community, making me happy to be an Elk and “lucky to live Hawaii”.

Norman, Nico and a new friend

Norman, Nico and a new friend

In closing, I would like to thank everyone who made the event such an incredible experience. A big mahalo to Mr. Geno Godinet, Mr. Clay Naahu, Mr. and Mrs. Josh and Gretchen Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Chris and Lauren Zimmerman, Hans Hedemann, Auggie from EX Drinks, all the fantastic volunteers whose names I am forgetting, and last but not least the Honolulu Elks staff and lodge #616. To view all the photos I took at the ocean fest CLICK THIS PHOTO LINK and select the slide show in the upper right corner. Enjoy!

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