Sunday, July 03, 2011

Nakanaka on Hanalei Bay

Never in my wildest dreams would I have pictured myself in a boat race on Hanalei Bay. But today our team "We the People" or "Nakanaka" in Hawaiian competed in the novice long-boat races sponsored by the Hanalei Canoe Club.

We had about 5 minutes of instruction from the guy at the back of the boat who served to steer our boat. We learned how to paddle, how to switch sides, and how important rhythm is.

Then we lined up at the starting line and paddled for all we were worth for the quarter mile that made up the race course. A couple of times we felt the thrill of pulling together as the boat surged ahead. We came in third out of the 3 in our heat, but we were certain the others had rowed before.

As it turns out, everyone got medals and had their pictures taken in the winners' circle. Nakanaka was an awesome team.

Here is a picture with our "coach", whose name we never got.

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Blogger Cyndy said...

Wow! Looks like fun!

12:19 PM  
Anonymous lr said...

Beautiful day & happy faces, you guys were having fun! Glad you're enjoying yourselves.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Margie said...

Having fun....wonderful!

11:46 PM  
Blogger Steve Reed said...

Looks fun! (I never realized Hanalei was an actual you suppose that's where "The land called Hanalee" comes from in "Puff the Magic Dragon"??)

8:46 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Steve -- Hanalei is most definitely a very beautiful place. One story is that Peter Yarrow wrote Puff while smoking marijuana and looking out over Hanalei Bay. There is probably still a lot of that going on around here, where life is quite free and unrestricted.

2:21 PM  

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