Aloha Gene

Aloha Gene
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UTAH Stories Article-Hawaiian Canoe Club: Aloha from the Great Salt Lake

UTAH Stories Article-Hawaiian Canoe Club: Aloha from the Great Salt Lake
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Salt Lake Magazine Article-August 2014

Salt Lake Magazine Article-August 2014
Hui Paoakalani was featured in an article about the GSL in Salt Lake Magazine-August 2014 issue.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Week of October 26-November 1, 2008

As we come to the end of our First Hui Paoakalani Paddling Season, we would like to extend a HUGE Mahalo Nui Loa to EVERYONE for helping to make it so successful! Many hands and hearts went into making our Hui a reality, and helped bring a little bit of our Hawai’i to Utah. Many of our Hui members “multi-task” as they serve as Hula and Quilting Teachers, Board Members, Event planners, Musicians, Cooks and Dishwashers in the kitchen, and the Set-up/Clean-up Crew at Kanikapila and many other Hawaiian Cultural Center functions. This past weekend was evidence of that, as many of our Hui members not only helped and participated in Kanikapila...they also showed up early the next morning to help launch our Wa’a. Mahalo to the following Senior Men: Uncle Ben, Uncle Butch, Uncle Darren, Uncle Gene, Uncle Jeff, Uncle Larry, Uncle Lama, Uncle Neal, and Tyler as they regularly give of their time early Saturday mornings to help us rig up the Wa’a. After we have all had fun, they help us take the Wa’a apart and properly store them for the next weekend. Mahalo to Uncle Ben for always being willing to transport our Wa’a and our supplies to and from the Hawaiian Cultural Center, Mahalo to Auntie Becky and Auntie Pat who never fail to bring something ‘ono, that helps remind us of “home”. Last, Mahalo to Uncle Butch for taking on the role of “Coach” and teaching us how to properly use and respect our Wa’a. He also taught some of us how to “steer”. It is amazing to see a young 13 year old, go from having no experince paddling, to steering the Wa’a all by herself! What a wonderful gift our Hawaiian community has been blessed with, and to think that it all started with a bunch of our Uncles “talking story” one night...and saying “Eh, Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could paddle a canoe on the Great Salt Lake...”
Some up-coming events to look forward to are: The Wendover Trip this Saturday. Tickets are still available. Contact Auntie Pat Leong or e-mail us at and we will put you in contact with Auntie Pat. Tickets are $25.00 each and include transportation and good food, fun, and company. You also get $5.00 gaming money. We have moved Kai Lana Kaleo to the center as she is in need of some repair. We will keep you posted as to when this will take place, as we will need some help.
Hui General Member meeting will take place the 3rd Wednesday of each month 6:30 p.m. at the Hawaiian Cultural Center. Check back next week for more information...A Hui Hou!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

This Weekend-October 24-25, 2008

Aloha Hui!
We will be paddling this Saturday, 8 am - 1 pm. Hopefully, the weather will be nice. As always, bring a pot-luck dish to share.
Don't forget the "Halloween" Kanikapila this Friday night (24th) at 6:30 pm. The Hui will be sponsoring a "Toss the Ring around the Canoe Paddle" game for the keiki's. The Hui will also be selling shave ice as a Hui fundraiser. We are in need of volunteers to help man both booths. We will schedule 1/2 hour shifts, starting from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. We will need at least (2) Hui members in the game booth and (3) Hui members in the shave ice booth. Please e-mail Darren at with your availability and any booth or time preferences.
Lastly, The Hula and Hui groups have joined together for a Wendover Bus Trip Fundraiser. It is Saturday, November 1, 2008. Meet at the Meadowbrook Traxx Station 3900 S. 188 W. The Bus leaves at 8:30 am. Be there by 8:00 am. For tickets or more information please contact Pat Leong or e-mail Tickets are a $25.00 donation. See you this weekend!

Friday, October 17, 2008

No Paddling this Weekend

Due to lack of "manpower" and scheduling conflicts we will not be paddling today or tomorrow. We plan on paddling next week Saturday (weather permitting). Don't forget... Kanikapila is this coming Friday, October 24th, 6:30 pm at the Hawaiian Cultural Center.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Week of October 12-18

General Hui Meeting to be held this Wednesday, October 15th. 6:30 -7:30 p.m. at the Hawaiian Cultural Center. Please e-mail Darren at before Tuesday, with any items you may want added to the agenda. Paddling this weekend will be determined later this week(weather permitting). Please check blog for updates. Mahalo!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Wa'a Paddling Cancelled

Due to the incoming weather this Saturday, we will not be paddling. We will try again next weekend.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Week of October 5-11, 2008

Mahalo's to everyone who came out on Friday evening and Saturday to help with cleaning the "Hui Shack". We're glad that Kumu Butch returned back safely after his adventure with the Great Salt Lake Harbor Patrol. If you haven't heard the'll have to ask Butch about his "Wa'a Tales..." mo' bettah than Mike Sakamoto's "Fishing Tales..." anyday! Eh, Is that a stranded duck hunter out there??

We will be taking the Wa'a out (weather permitting...otherwise we'll be cleaning the shack) this coming Friday and Saturday. As always, we'll potluck...bring something to share. I Ku Mau Mau!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

We will be taking the Wa'a out this Friday (Oct. 3rd) at 5 p.m. and Saturday (Oct.4) at 8 a.m.
If the weather is bad...we will still meet, but will begin cleaning out the "Hui Shack". We'll pot luck bring something to share. E-mail with any questions. See you this weekend!