Beach Walk 488 – Competition and Consiousness

Fresh off a strenuous paddle in the outrigger canoe, I am thinking about the upside and pleasures of competition – how we merge our energies to paddle harder and go faster – and how much fun that is!

I was also fascinated watching the little kids (Shane’s family and Kaile) playing with me in the water the other day. I would ask, “Who wants to ride on the boogie board?” Someone would scream “I do!” – more to be first in line for attention, I thought, not so much about the boogie boarding. But then the others would immediately chime in – not wanting to be left out. Interesting how they supported each other in getting past the fear of being on the board out in the deeper water that way.

More talk about hard drive sizes, especially the expanding capacity of our conscious brains! And mahalo nui to Mindy of outriggercanoe.blogspot.com for the wonderful pink rash guard!

Hawaiian Word:
Huihui: mix, together

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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.

Duke Foundation
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Beach Walks Nominated for Podcast Awards
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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 464 – Summer Fun on the Water

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Beach Walk 369R – Wish We Were There!

We are taking a week off of Beach Walks – today’s replay is fun on the water in an outrigger canoe.

This one’s for you Mindy! Go paddling out to the Mokes from Lanikai beach with Mindy Clark and pals; learn about Mindy’s paddling down the Yangste River in China and environmental practices there.

You can read the original show notes here.

A few little surprises when we come back.

Hawaiian words
Hoa pili: close friends
Hoe: paddle

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Beach Walk 354 – Mental & Physical Energy

To answer Joe’s question from yesterday, I begin defining what I mean by “energy.” Today is about mental and physical energy, and how to co-mingle them when necessary.

Outrigger canoeing is such a great example of using all kinds of energy – mental, physical and the mana or divine power that is available to us when we remember. When I am lacking in physical energy, I can use mental discipline to keep going. If I do that too much, and ignore my body’s true fatigue, there is often a price. Either way I can choose.

Lexi made a friend from California who threw the ball for her; it is amazing the mana that others experience in her.

Hawaiian words
Ikehu: energy
Mana: divine power

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