Beach Walk 477 – Duke Kahanamoku Race

Duke is one of the many beloved Hawaiians who’s spirit lives on with us and is celebrated every August with numerous water sports, all of which he excelled in.

It was a beautiful, windy day, and our seven mile course from Kailua out around Mokolea Rock then back around Flat Island was challenging with 10-15 knot winds and 6-100 foot seas. Several canoes huli’s (flipped over) and to their credit, the women righted them quickly and raced on.

It was the first time I have ever steered a race, and the first time I have ever steered in such daunting conditions! My crew was awesome – their confidence in me really helped me focus on the race and even enjoy myself some out there! We finished 4th out of 7 on the Women over-50 division. And 17th out of 29! I have a lot of learning to do and really look forward to it.

We raced under the Puakea Foundation, which was formed to support and honor Uncle Bobby Puakea, one of the rare remaining Hawaiians who knows how to go into the koa forest, select the right tree for a canoe, and over the course of several years, turn that tree into an 40-foot long traditional Polynesian outrigger canoe.

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Hawaiian Word:
Huli: to turn over, as in to huli a canoe or huli huli chicken, that is spin-roasted on a hot fire

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Beach Walk 177 – Everybody’s Surfing Now

Quick Quiz: when you think of Hawaii, what do you think of??? Surfing!

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Some friends of mine took surfing lessons today with the Hawaiian Fire Surf School and we get to go along! It’s pretty true – so many people in Hawaii surf. All ages, all body types. These instructors are dakine, and you are practically guaranteed to get up on your first day out. Meet one of our regular viewers Christopher and his friend Trevor for a surf lesson and some wave riding.

The father of surfing, Duke Kahanamoku is being celebrated next week in honor of his birthday on August 24th. Check out OceanFest for all sorts of wonderful activities. Naturally, we are going to try to attend some of them and share it with you.

Hawaiian words
Heʻe nalu: to surf

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