Keoua’s 16 yr. old boys during the State Championships in Kaneohe, circa 1978. Front row: Kelly Losalio, Dennis Andrade, Byron Kukua, Coach Calvin Kelekolio. Back: Billy Mitchell, David Serafin, Leonard Moses, Jamie Newlon.
This is Keoua’s ’81 Molokai Hoe crew & supporters at Hale o Lono after rigging our canoe, Keoua Elua!
Hale o Ho’oponopono founders & staff, 1975- Renwick “Joe” Tassell, Lloyd Nekoba, Boots Matthews, Eli Nahulu, Dixon Enos, and Herk Kawainui Kane. Along with Tutu Clara Manase, Uncle Abraham and Auntie Lily Moses, Calvin Kelekolio, Andrew and Momi Coito, and others, they were instrumental in forming Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club as an adjunct of the alternative high school in Honaunau Bay. Our young club’s roster was made up of a wide cross-section of the South Kona community- Alu, Hooper, Deguair, Gaspar, Carter, Cho, Kalili, Kiwaha, Alani, Delaries, Naihe, Mitchell, Ku, Pua, Kamoku, Thompson, Cantiberos, Pali, Grace, Esperanza, Shiraki, Crisafi, Kukua, Medeiros, Kaupiko, Leslie, Cordeiro, Spencer, Lindsey, Kahiwa, Sumida, Casuga, McDaniel, Watai, Mokuohai and others were all part of our early Keoua ‘Ohana.
It is now November, and 2013 is winding down rapidly as we approach Thanksgiving, the Christmas holiday season and a new year! We give thanks for all the blessings received, for the health and love of our growing family and friends, for the opportunity to paddle and enjoy the beautiful waters that surround us, for the bounty and abundance of our ‘aina, and for the shared memories and legacy of all the kupuna who came before us and watch over us. We sadly note the passing of two Keouans this year, James Kalili and Nancy Griffith. Our condolences go out to their families and to all those who lost a loved one this year.
Although we may be relatively few in number, our spirit and perseverance will continue to carry us forward in furtherance of our mission: to perpetuate the ancient art and culture of Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling as traditionally practiced in historic Honaunau Bay, and to promote awareness of Hawaiian culture and its preservation and perpetuation.
While competition and “winning” often seem to take the spotlight and command much attention, our true reward is found in the day to day sharing and working together to make Keoua a place where our ‘ohana can gather to restore our energy and develop the strength and determination to face the rigors of our busy and demanding schedules. We are made whole and gain the wisdom of our elders by practicing and embodying the Hawaiian principles of lokahi, ho‘oponopono, malama ‘aina, and, above all, aloha.
So. we look forward to a new year, 2014, hoping to attract and recruit more keiki, malihini and kama‘aina to embark on a journey of rediscovery by restoring our Hale o Ho‘oponopono and our first wa‘a, “Keoua.” While paddling and training become our primary focus, we have a privilege and responsibility, our kuleana, to educate ourselves and others on the rich history and traditions of our ahupua‘a from Ka’u to Kohala, but especially Honaunau.
We would also like to proactively maintain and steward the road between Honaunau and Napo‘opo‘o, which continues to be a dumping ground for tires, appliances and other household waste. This can complement our ongoing and successful HI-5 collection project, which is also in need of volunteers since it’s been a one-man operation for the past several years.
Another project we’ve been involved in and has been flying “under the radar” is the restoration of several ancient coastline trails. For details on how you can get involved, contact Kawika Spaulding or Roy Santana. These are activities that enhance, honor and re-create our cultural landscape for the benefit of our future generations. Working together, we can leave our footprints in the history of our community, much like Keoua’s army in the Ka‘u desert trail.
This coming year, we will again be sponsoring the Louis Kelekolio Memorial OC-1 race on March 1st, our 33rd Annual Mac-A-Thon on Easter Saturday (April 19th) and our 28th Annual Calvin Kelekolio Long Distance race on August 17th, so mark your calendars and get ready for some great competition and camaraderie.
On a final note, our Annual Meeting/Thanksgiving potluck will be on Saturday, November 30th from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Elections to our 2014 Board of Directors will also be held; ballots and more details to follow after November 15th. So join us in Honaunau for an afternoon to kick off the holiday season and prepare for the New Year!
Mahalo nui loa,
Rafael Ramirez, Keoua President
Please join us in giving thanks for another year of paddling! Our annual meeting is coming up at the end of next month, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
We will also be electing our Board of Directors for the 2014 season. Nominations are now open for the nine directors who will steer our club wa’a through our sacred waters, as we strive to protect and preserve our ‘aina and traditions in our kuleana of Honaunau. We encourage members old and new to take an active role in managing the affairs of our club, so if you’re interested in serving on the Board, please let us know before November 15th, 2013, when nominations will be closed. We’ll be posting more information about board eligibility, responsibilities and the election process soon.
KEOUA HONAUNAU CANOE CLUB ANNUAL MEETING & ELECTIONS
Saturday, November 30th, from 12 Noon to 4 p.m.
- See old and new friends
- Vote for the 2014 Board of Directors
- Pay your dues and OC-1 & 2 rack fees for 2014
- Check out the Keoua shirts and hats for sale; great Christmas gifts!
- Potluck; please bring a dish to share (we’ll provide the kalua pig)
- Enjoy the holiday vibes with your Keoua ‘ohana!
See you at the halau!
For more information, contact:
Rafael Ramirez, President @ 808-328-4150
Stephanie Amick, Secretary @ 808-938-3480
Every year, Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club participates in this beautiful cultural event, by providing canoes and steersmen to take visitors out to experience Honaunau Bay from a seat in an outrigger canoe. This short video shows our canoes in action at this year’s event:
Apologies for the delay in getting the results up (again). I’d like to give a big mahalo to everyone who came out for our race on Saturday, to all of our Keoua ohana who helped make this race amazing, Leinani from Ka ‘Ohana O Honaunau, and Kona Brewing Company for supporting this event and our paddlers.
Keiki Course (2 Miles)
|Overall||Club Name, Canoe Name||Time||Division|
|1||Keauhou, Makalapua||18:24||Juniors 12-15|
|2||Kai E Hitu, Ka Maka O Kai Opua||18:35||Juniors 12-15|
|3||Keauhou, Kina Ole||19:30||Juniors 12-15|
|4||Keauhou, Helerma||20:09||Juniors 12-15|
|5||Waikoloa, Naupaka||21:50||Juniors 12-15|
Short Course (8 Miles), Women and Mixed
|Overall||Club Name, Canoe Name||Time||Division|
|1||Kai O Pua, Kapili||1:07:02||Unlimited|
|3||Kai O Pua, Kalanikai||1:10:04||Open|
|4||Keauhou, Konawaena||1:11:55||Open Mixed|
|5||Kai O Pua, Kapena Ula||1:12:35||Unlimited|
|8||Kawaihae, Pele Kane||1:13:47||Open|
|9||Kai E Hitu, Auku’u||1:13:59||Open|
|11||Hui Wa’a O Waiakea, Waiakea||1:14:23||Koa Mixed|
|12||Keaukaha, Ha’e Ha’e||1:14:50||Open|
|13||Na Wa’a Hanakahi, Kapuwai||1:15:08||Open Mixed|
|14||Paddlers of Laka, Pua Ka Ilima||1:15:32||Unlimited|
|16||Kai O Pua, Kamakahonu||1:15:49||Koa|
|17||Kai O Pua, A0||1:16:11||Open Mixed|
|18||Hui Wa’a O Waiakea, no name||1:16:30||Open Mixed|
|19||Puna, Mahealani||1:17:13||Golden Masters|
|20||Na Wa’a Hanakahi, Onomea||1:17:49||Open Mixed|
|22||Kai E Hitu, Papa Kimitete||1:18:11||Open|
|23||Puna, Vaiti Here ‘Au||1:18:29||Open|
|24||Paddlers of Laka, Keahi Kane||1:18:42||Open Mixed|
|25||Keauhou, Kai Pueone||1:18:55||Golden Masters|
|27||Kai O Pua, Kikaha||1:19:14||Open|
|28||Kai E Hitu, Heipualani||1:19:27||Koa|
|29||Keauhou, Kealapuali||1:20:00||Masters 40|
|30||Keauhou, Iolana||1:20:25||Golden Masters|
|31||Kai O Pua, Lydia Kamaka’eha||1:20:50||Open|
|33||Kai E Hitu, Makanani||1:21:52||Open|
|34||Puna, Pohoiki||1:23:56||Masters 40|
|35||Waikoloa, Makani I Ke Kai||1:25:06||Unlimited|
|36||Keaukaha, Keaukaha||1:28:48||Open Mixed|
|37||Keoua, Alealea||1:30:23||Koa Mixed|
|38||Kawaihae, Pali Kapu O Keoua||1:31:31||Golden Masters|
Long Course (12 miles), Men
|Overall||Club Name, Canoe Name||Time||Division|
|2||Paddlers of Laka, Pua Ka Ilima||1:12:53||Unlimited|
|4||Kai O Pua, Keokea||1:14:42||Open|
|5||Keauhou, Malolo Nui||1:15:25||Unlimited|
|6||Keaukaha, Ha’e Ha’e||1:16:00||Open|
|7||Kai E Hitu, Pele Nake||1:16:27||Open|
|8||Keauhou, Au Kuu||1:16:48||Masters 40|
|9||Kai O Pua, Kapena’ula||1:17:16||Unlimited|
|13||Paddlers of Laka, Lono||1:18:48||Masters 40|
|16||Kai E Hitu, Heipualani||1:20:03||Koa|
|17||Kai O Pua, Kamaka Honu||1:20:13||Koa|
|18||Kai O Pua, Lydia||1:21:25||Masters 40|
|19||Kai O Pua, Kikaha||1:22:06||Masters 40|
|20||Kai O Pua, A0||1:22:29||Masters 40|
|24||Kai O Pua, Kina’ole||1:23:40||Open|
|25||Kai E Hitu, Makalapua||1:24:44||Open|
|26||Kai E Hitu, Papa Kimitete||1:26:42||Masters 40|
|27||Kai O Pua, Kalanikai||1:27:50||Open|
|29||Keoua, Pali Kapu O Keoua||1:29:17||Golden Masters|
|30||Keauhou, Kealapuali||1:29:20||Golden Masters|
|31||Kai E Hitu, Makanani||1:29:54||Masters 40|
|32||Kai O Pua, Ka Maka O Kai O Pua||1:31:26||Golden Masters|
|33||Kona Athletics, Ka’ahumanu||1:32:12||Koa|
|35||Paddlers of Laka, Kealii Kano||1:41:28||Golden Masters|
Our 27th Annual Calvin Kelekolio Long Distance Race will be held Saturday August 17. Join us for a day of paddling and camaraderie as we honor Calvin Kelekolio’s legacy, and celebrate the blessings bestowed on us by all those who’ve come before us.
The women’s course will be from Honaunau to Kealakekua Bay and back, while the men will go to Kealakekua Bay then north to Keawekaheka Point before returning to Honaunau Bay.
At 7:30 a.m., before the race, Leinani Navas-Loa will lead us in ‘Aha Ho‘omana, a special ceremony of love, respect and gratitude for Calvin Kelekolio and his family.
So mark it on your calendar and come down and share good times, good food, memories, and each others’ company. See you there!
– Keoua ‘Ohana
The voyaging canoe Hokule‘a is traveling up the Kona coast, with the crew from the Makali‘i Voyaging ‘Ohana (Na Kalai Wa‘a) on board, doing training in preparation for Hokule‘a’s worldwide voyage next year.
They are currently in Miloli‘i, and will be sailing up to Ho‘okena later this week.
On this Sunday, July 28, Hokule‘a will leave Ho‘okena at about 7 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive in Honaunau at about 9 a.m. The wa‘a and her crew will be staying in Honaunau on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights, before heading north on Wednesday morning.
We will have the very great honor of greeting Hokule‘a upon her arrival in Honaunau Bay, and host the crew at our halau lot while they are here.
This will be a great opportunity for our keiki and others to learn first hand about Hokule’a and our canoe voyaging traditions. In 1976, our newly reborn canoe club helped host Hokule‘a as she embarked on the first of her many voyages throughout the Polynesian Triangle. It is only fitting that as stewards of our bay, we welcome back Hokule‘a as she prepares for her worldwide journey.
The crew will be using our showers and kitchen area. Many of the crew will be sleeping on the wa‘a, but some will be camping on our lot; they have all their own camping gear. We will be hosting about 25-30 crew members and supporters.
Leinani Navas-Loa and Ka ‘Ohana O Honaunau will be coordinating with us to make this a memorable experience!
There will be some canoes going out to greet Hokule‘a as she arrives. If you would like to paddle out to greet her, come down and around 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning and help put canoes in the water.
Leinani will be doing a welcome oli and protocol as Hokule‘a approaches the shore.
Ka ‘Ohana O Honaunau will provide the core food for Sunday lunch and dinner (rice and a main course), but we’ll be helping out. Please bring a potluck dish to share for either or both meals. We may also be preparing some food in our kitchen, so if you have ulu, pumpkin, fruit, greens, etc., bring some down and help our kitchen staff.
At Sunday dinner there will be an evening talk story session with Chadd Paishon of Na Kalai Wa‘a.
Ka ‘Ohana O Honaunau will also be providing the food for dinner on Monday and Tuesday nights, so let’s help them out as much as we can! Dinner on those nights will take place in the church lot.
We can also help with making lei for the crew – if you can lend a hand with this, please bring them down on Sunday morning before 9:00 a.m.
See you all down there!
– Rafael Ramirez, Keoua President
A beautiful segment from Kukui O Molokai: Born of the Canoe Dream, an unfinished documentary being produced by Matt Yamashita of Quazifilms Media.
In this segment, two crews finish their paddle around the entire island of Molokai. They contemplate the value and importance of preserving the island’s natural resources as they paddle at the foot of the world’s highest sea cliffs. Then they give back to the kupuna (elders) of Kalaupapa by putting on a traditional Hawaiian lu‘au.