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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