Happy Holidays and New Year, Ohana! Thanks to everyone who made 2015 special. Our year was filled with good times, from OC6 medals in Alcatraz and Catalina and small boat wins in the California winter series races, to luaus, keiki competitions, concerts and kalua pig fundraisers. This year was memorable too for racing our new beautiful Pure unlimited canoe and bringing us to new places not just in competition, but in experience and fellowship. Great adventures ahead in 2016!
We also bid bon voyage, but not goodbye, to our head coach, Margaret (Peggy) Coulombe, who was invited to coach Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai’s women’s crew by Uncle Lono in 2005 and who went on to lead the club as head coach and women’s coach from 2007 to 2015. Under her leadership, Na Leo women’s crews consistently achieved top 10 finishes in their OC6 race categories and Na Leo’s men’s and women’s crews excelled locally as well as medalled for the first times in CA. She took the first crew from Arizona to compete in IVF World Sprints in Calgary, Canada in 2012 and led a women’s crew to a silver medal win at World’s in Brazil in 2014. Coach Peggy was also a driving force, expanding our relationships, recruitment, training and skills, web presence and equipment, including acquisition of new OC6 canoes and donation of the first small boats to the club. While she goes forward to more adventures and we won’t see her like clockwork on the docks as before, we know how much she values (and has valued) her time with Na Leo and wishes great things for all of us in 2016 and beyond! Cheehu!!
While we wind down our racing season, we wind up our 2nd annual Charity Luau!
Please join us on Nov. 14 from 5-10 p.m. at Phoenix Ale Brewery, 3002 E. Washington St. Phoenix, 85034. (602)-275-5049. Entertainment includes:
5:30 p.m. Dinner/Hula show; 6:15 p.m. Sistah Ui & The Unified Band; 7-9 p.m. Kush County.
PreSale Tickets: Adults $25 ($30 at the door). $15 Keiki (Children age 12 & under – $20 at the door). Free for Keiki 5 & under. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join our Ohana for the best event of the season! If you miss out, remember that this is one of the best times of year to try outrigger canoe in Arizona. You don’t have to have experience, just bring your good mana to share. To find out what’s coming up: follow us on Facebook
This week we are thinking of our troops and everyone impacted by 9/11. We also kept our teammates on our coed and men’s crews in our hearts as they took on the Southern California Outrigger Racing Association Catalina Challenge on Sept. 12-13. Our coed crew took 4th place – a first for AZ – and our men’s crew was the first we’ve fielded since 2005. Big accomplishment for all our paddlers, most especially our novices!
Coming up, we remember old friends for the Okie O’Connor Hot Head Challenge on Tempe Town Lake on Oct. 3, and Another Dam Race in Parker, AZ on Nov. 7, which honors co-founders Deb Robison and Larry Smith.
This is one of the best times of year to try outrigger canoe in Arizona. You don’t have to have experience, just bring your good mana to share. To find out what’s coming up: follow us on Facebook
Congratulations to our 2nd place masters coed crew who competed at the Round the Rock Challenge -Alcatraz under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, along with crews from NCOCA, Hawaii and Australia.
Coming up are change races for the Southern California Outrigger Racing Association‘s Oceanside race and the Catalina Challenge 9-man in Aug. and Sept.
Novice paddlers, there is also something for you! Outrigger in Arizona on Tempe Town Lake for the Okie O’Connor Hot Head Challenge on Tempe Town Lake on Oct. 3, and in Parker, AZ for Another Dam Race on Nov. 7. Come out and join in the fun!
We are always recruiting new outrigger canoe members. You don’t have to have experience, just an interest in joining with a fun community. To find out what’s coming up: follow us on Facebook
It’s hard to believe that the first race of the SCORA race season is May 9. That means no practice on Tempe Town Lake and lots of new experiences on the Pacific Ocean in San Diego. Please come out to Mission Bay and cheer on all the Arizona teams, hosted by Hano Hano Canoe Club.
A big thank you to everyone who came out this weekend for our May 2 huli drill practice and BBQ. More than 73 of you flipped boats, got certified and enjoyed a day on Saguaro Lake with family and friends. Good times!
And congratulation to all our keiki and junior crew members who returned with medals from Shakafest on April 25th. Great job coaches, Kahea, Christel and Aunty Diane. We are so fortunate for your dedication and the commitment of our kids and parents.
We are always recruiting new outrigger canoe members. You don’t have to have experience, just come out to a practice and meet us – but check our practice page first, as we travel some weekends during the race season, or follow us on Facebook!
This weekend is the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival on Tempe Town Lake! Teams from the U.S. and Canada will be there, with their best. Come to opening ceremonies and then root for the home teams (AZ Gilas, AZ Mutineers, SunGi), corporate teams and breast cancer survivor crews as our outrigger canoe and dragon boat paddlers sprint to the finish line.
Other fun events coming up: April 4 – mixed plate fun scrimmage with all the Arizona outrigger crews. May 2 – Na Leo O Ke Kai Mandatory Huli Drill and Hawaiian BBQ. Remember if you need to order a race jersey ($30) or place an order for a paddle, contact email@example.com. Have a great week, Arizona outrigger Ohana!
Aloha! Looking for adventure and Ohana? Come join the top crew in Arizona and explore outrigger canoe, from Arizona to California, Hawaii to IVF World Sprints. We are recruiting this weekend at the Arizona Aloha Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Look for our Na Leo ‘O Ke Kai flag and come see our new Pure unlimited outrigger canoe, We will also be volunteering at the Paradise Hawaiian BBQ tent. Come help support us.
If you can’t make it this weekend, come to Tempe Town Lake on Saturday, March 14 at 8 a.m. to join with our adult crews or Sunday, March 15 to meet our winning keiki crew, coached by a great coaching staff from Hawaii. Lot’s of fun for the family! Find out all the details about events and practices on FaceBook or just come out on Mondays (men), Tuesdays (women), Thursday and Saturdays and Sunday (kids team). We meet us under the white umbrellas to the left of the boat ramp.
Come join the top crew in Arizona, winning medals and forging new challenges from Alcatraz to Napali and IVF World Sprints. We are recruiting and have crews forming up at all levels, novice to expert, keiki to adult. We would also like to invite you to meet the newest member to our family – a Pure unlimited outrigger canoe. A beauty in Na Leo green!
Thanks to everyone who joined our Ohana, our new board of directors and officers for our canoe blessing on Sunday, February 22nd at Tempe Town Lake. We will also host a workshop by club member and Olympian Kamini Jain in March.
Check us out on FaceBook or just come out on Mondays (men), Tuesdays (women), Thursday and Saturdays (everybody) and Sunday (kids team). We meet us under the white umbrellas to the left of the boat ramp. Good luck to all our canoe paddlers competing in the Socal Winter Series in OC1, OC2 and SUP!