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, December 8, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mahalo!!! and....It's time for the BIG game!

Aloha Hui Members,
Thank you again for a wonderful season. For all those who helped with repairing and painting "the SHACK" - MAHALO!!! It looks AWESOME!!!
Next Saturday is the BIG game. Join the Hui at the Hawaiian Cultural Center to watch the game. Bring a Pot-luck dish to share. The Hui did receive some donated items, so we will raffle them off at the game during half-time. Remember...You'll get one raffle ticket each time your name is in the Hui log/workout book.
We will accept donations for the raffle up until half-time of the game. Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday next week. And remember to come join the Hui in the FUN on November 28th! Game starts at 3 pm....and WEAR YOUR COLORS!!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009


The weather looks good for painting the shack on Saturday! We will meeting at 10 am. Please dress appropriately. Please bring a paint brush (can be purchased inexpensively at Home Depot or Walmart) and gloves. If you have a paint roller and paint tray, please also bring those items. Remember...NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.
Also, if you cannot be there to help....the Hui will accept donations such as materials(such as paint brushes, gloves, rollers, paint trays etc.) or you can always make a monetary donation to help offset the cost of supplies. E-mail us if you have questions. .
We know it is Halloween...we will try to finish as quickly as possible. If you want to bring a light snack to share, feel free to do so.
*Remember to sign into the Hui log book (located in the shack)when you come to help on Saturday, and mark your calendars for our 2nd Annual HUI PAOAKALANI BYU-UTAH FOOTBALL GAME POTLUCK. November 28, 2009 @ the Hawaiian Cultural Center.
Mahalo for your support!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Kanikapila Friday and Shack Painting this Saturday


This is just a little reminder regarding

FRIDAY OCTOBER 30, 2009 @ 6:30pm



Games & Activities will cost $ .25 each, so make sure to bring your money

Flyer is attached with details

SHACK PAINTING will be tentatively scheduled for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31st (weather permitting.) If you have any type of painting equipment...please bring it with you. More details and start time will be posted soon.

Mahalo for your support and see you this weekend!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

SHACK Painting Delayed

Aloha Hui,
Mahalo to everyone who came out to help with repairing the Shack last Saturday. The South outside panels were replaced, along with window and door trim.
Due to unexpected delays from Home Depot, we will not be painting this Saturday, October 24th. If you are available on Friday, October 23rd we will be finishing up last minute prep work on the shack from 10 am to 1 pm. Bring work gloves if you have them.
We will target October 31st as the date to paint the Shack (weather permitting).
Also, If you can't physically be there to help...we are seeking monetary donations to help off-set the cost of the shack repairs. If you would like to make a donation-please e-mail Darren at All donations are tax deductible.
Stay tuned for more Shack transformation pictures!

Monday, October 12, 2009


Aloha Everyone:

Hui Paoakalani expresses a BIG MAHALO to the GSL Marina crew of Bob, Dave, and Eric for their hospitality this past paddling season. Hui Paoakalani is happy to inform everyone that the State of Utah will be giving the Hui a long lease agreement out at the marina which will be finalized shortly. This will allow the Hui to make some serious improvements to the Hui Shack which will include a new paint & trim as well as permanent signage unique to the Hui Shack and some interior repairs.

The Hui NEEDS YOUR KOKUA (PHYSICAL HELP) out at the marina the next two Saturday's (10/17, 10/24) from 9:00 am til whenever to assist us with these repairs and general cleaning prior to new paint being applied on 10/24. The Hui is also accepting any monetary donations to assist with the cost of purchasing materials & paint for the Hui Shack. Mahalo for your kokua!

***For the 2009 Molokai Hoe results, please check out . Congratulations to Shell Va'a for winning the Molokai Hoe for the 4th consecutive year****


The Hui has plans for a 'Ohana Social sometime later this Fall. Also... Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual BYU-UTAH Football Game PotLuck on NOVEMBER 28th @ the HCC.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Aloha Hui!
We'll be paddling on Saturday. Let's take advantage of the great weather before it starts cooling down. As at 8:30 am and bring a potluck dish to share.
See you at the lake!
I Ku Mau Mau!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Aloha Everyone!
We'll be paddling again on Saturday! Same time...same place...good friends and lots of fun!
Please bring a potluck item to share or you can always make a monetary donation to the Hui if you don't want to bring something.(these funds are used for paper products & cleaning supplies)

*New Paddlers...please review the New Paddler information form located on the blog.

See you Saturday!
I Ku Mau Mau

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Aloha Everyone!
We'll be paddling again on Saturday! Same time...same place...good friends and lots of fun!We had a great turn out last Saturday. Please arrive on time to help with rigging the wa'a, and bring a potluck item to share. Or you can always make a monetary donation to the Hui if you don't want to bring something.
*New Paddlers...please review the New Paddler information form located on the blog.
See you Saturday!
I Ku Mau Mau

Friday, September 4, 2009


The Hui will be paddling tomorrow (9-5-09) at the GSL Marina from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Please arrive on time to help with the rigging of the wa'a. Also, please bring your favorite food item to share with everyone or make a donation to the food fund.

Secondly, a big MAHALO'S to all who assisted with our Spanish Fork Kite Festival event last weekend!! Many families were thrilled at the opportunity of paddling a Hawaiian outrigger canoe just like on the shores of Waikiki but at a $14.00 discount!! The Hui gave nearly 300 wa'a rides and sold almost 240 "broke da mouth" shave-ice!! The funds earned will go toward re-painting the Hui Shack and other items which need attention before the colder weather arrives. Mahalo for your help and assistant. Also, MEGA MAHALO'S to Uncle Butch, Uncle Ben, and Uncle Larry for helping transport the wa'a safety to and from this event!!

I Ku Mau Mau!

Friday, August 28, 2009


Aloha Everyone!

Bring your 'Ohana and come support Hui Paoakalani and the Ka Lama Mohala Dancers and Musicians at the Spanish Fork Wind Festival this weekend!
Kumu Kawika Alfiche and the Ka Lama Mohala Dancers and Musicians will be performing tonight at 7 pm on the shore of the Spanish Fork Reservoir.
Hui Paoakalani will be offering Wa'a (outrigger canoe) rides for $1.00 (on both days) and will also be selling Hui Paoakalani's FAMOUS Hawaiian Style Shave Ice! (On Saturday).
Aunty Pat and Aunty Angie will also have Local Style Kalua Pig and Teri Chicken rice bowls available for purchase on Saturday.
There is a $5.00 per vehicle charge to enter the festival. Once inside, many activities are "FREE" or have a small fee.
Click on the link below for directions and more information.
Hui Paoakalani

Monday, August 24, 2009

Spanish Fork Festival Aug. 28-29

Aloha Everyone!
As a Reminder...this weekend
is the Spanish Fork Wind Festival.
Thanks again to those of you who will be volunteering to help the Hui at this event.
The Hui will be down at the event from 3pm on Friday and
from 8:30 am on Saturday.
We will be offering wa'a rides on both days, and also selling shave ice on Saturday.
For directions-click on the link below.
If you have not already done so...please be sure your name is on the Hui's volunteer list-so you won't have to pay for parking. Meet at the reservoir for instructions on both days. Don't forget to wear a Hui shirt.
Call or e-mail Darren with any questions.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Paddle this Saturday

We will be paddling this Saturday, August 22nd. Regular time 8:30 am to 2 pm. We will Potluck...bring something to share. The Hui will also be discussing details for the upcoming Spanish Fork Wind Festival.
A HUGE MAHALO to ALL HUI MEMBERS who have been helping with repairing the Hui Shack! The Hui appreciates all your HELP and SUPPORT!!!
Aloha! We'll see you this Saturday.

Friday, August 7, 2009

'Ohana FREE Paddle Day CANCELLED




Thursday, August 6, 2009

'Ohana FREE Paddle Day

Hui Paoakalani will be sponsoring an 'Ohana FREE Paddle Day this Saturday. Click on the flyer link under the Calendar and Events section of the blog.
The General Public is invited to come from 11 am to 2 pm. All Members of the General Public should be prepared to pay a $2.00 Great Salt Lake Marina Entrance Fee per vehicle.
HUI PAOAKALANI MEMBERS-Please arrive at 8:30 am to help with the rigging of the Wa'a and quick paddle(if time allows).
Mahalo for your support!!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Aloha Everyone!
We will be paddling this Saturday from 8:30 am to 2 pm. Bring a potluck item to share. No paddle this Friday.
Enjoy Pioneer Day!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Saturday Paddle and Potluck tomorrow July 18th. 8:30 am to 2 pm.
See you on the lake!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Pau Hana Paddle on Friday and Tatonka Paddle on Saturday

We hope everyone had a safe weekend celebration. Mahalo to all who came out and spent time with our Hui Paoakalani 'Ohana at the Great Salt Lake this past weekend. On Friday, the weather was perfect and the water was clear and glassy! Saturday brought a little rain, but everyone still had lots of fun! And the food was...well...broke da' mouth ono!
FYI...We are planning 2 paddles this weekend. On Friday, we will have a "Pau Hana" paddle at the lake after work meeting between 5 and 5:30 pm and paddling till sunset. Also, get your sunscreen and your camelbak ready because on Saturday, we will be having another "Tatonka Paddle!" Details for the Tatonka paddle will be posted on the blog later this week. If you are interested in the Tatonka paddle, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to
As always, please bring a pot-luck dish to share both days.
Have a great week!
I Ku Mau Mau!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Holiday Weekend Paddling Schedule

Due to the rain yesterday(Thursday), we were unable to rig and beach the wa'a. Today's paddle has been rescheduled for 3 pm to sunset, as many of our core members are working today. Tomorrow (July 4th) we will still plan to paddle from 9 am to 1 or 2pm. However, since many of our core Hui members have plans for the may be necessary to pull the wa'a out early as we need manpower help with clean-up and storage. As always...feel free to bring a potluck item to share on both days. Again, Mahalo for supporting the Hui. We'll SEE you on the lake! Let's ENJOY the weekend and let's ALL BE SAFE! Hau'oli la hanau America!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Paddling on Saturday - It's a Go!!

Aloha Hui. We will be paddling tomorrow morning at the GSL beginning with rigging the wa'a at 8:30 am. Due to the shortage of Hui members available on Saturday, it is critical to arrive on-time and remain there to help put the wa'a away when done. If someone has to leave early, this might warrent pulling the wa'a out of the water early.

Mahalo, Darren

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Week of June 14-20, 2009

We hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather.
There is a Center Clean-up scheduled for tomorrow-Wednesday, June 17th. They will be meeting at 5 pm. Please bring outdoor gardening tools and gloves to help if you are available.
Also, please RSVP for this Saturday's paddle. We are trying to get a count on who will be there because several of our Hui Members will not be available to help that day.
The pictures with this post were taken and provided to the Hui by GSL Ranger Eric. Be sure to Thank him when you see him.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

MAHALO FOR YOUR HELP!! and Jordanelle Camp-out Postponed

Aloha Hui!
A BIG MAHALO to EACH of YOU who came out to HELP and SUPPORT at the Utah Lake Festival. It was a HUGE SUCCESS!! Both the Wa'a and the Ho'olauna project were busy with people coming through all day. Our Hui Members gave about 321 wa'a rides!! MAHALO to Kumu Butch and his crew for keeping everyone safe on the water that day. We were warmly received by members of the general public with so many positive comments!
Also, THANK YOU to the Musicians-Uncle Larry, Uncle Al and Kekau. And the Hula Dancers-Moana, Kris, Christine, and Nohea for sharing their time and talents.
*A FEW REMINDERS...the Jordanelle Camp-out is postponed for later this Summer, The Hui will be paddling this Saturday at the GSL, and Pictures from the Utah Lake can be accessed by clicking on the link found on our blog. Mark your calendars....our next big event is the UTAH ALOHA FESTIVAL-June 27th.
THANKS AGAIN!! As always, check the blog for updates and information.
Enjoy the rest of your week!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Utah Lake Water Festival June 6, 2009

Aloha Hui Members!
We hope you are all planning on being at the Utah Lake Water Festival. Again the Hui was invited to this event, and we would like to take advantage of the opportunity to promote the Hui, the Sport of Outrigger Canoeing, The Hawaiian Cultural Center, and the upcoming Aloha Festival.
Hui Board Members will be meeting at the lake at 7:30 am Saturday morning to set up the tents and rig the wa'a. We invite each of you to join us! If you cannot come at 7:30 am, please come and help when you can. The event starts at 10am and runs until 2pm. This is a FREE event which promotes GREEN (non-motorized) lake activities.
We will need your help in our mini wa'a training clinic, and other Hui related activities that day. Dress for the weather and bring a potluck item to share if you plan to have lunch with the Hui.
We will be offering wa'a rides to members of the general public after they complete a mini training clinic. Once the members of the general public go through the clinic and sign the Hui waiver, they will be given a ticket which will allow them on the wa'a.
Seats number 1, 4, and 6 will be occupied by Hui Members. Kumu Butch or Tyler (Assistant Coach) will give Hui Members direction as to where they will sit if they are assisting in paddling with the general public. Please be respectful to their decisions. Kumu Butch has great knowledge of the water and has had many years of paddling experience. He is also aware that paddling in fresh water conditions can present challenges that are different from from the salt water or ocean paddling experience. Again, we ask you to respect him and the decisions he makes with regards to whether or not you help paddle in the canoe with members of the general public on board. If you are NOT paddling...please know that your help is still needed with the mini clinic.
Also, please let Darren know whether or not you'll be attending the event, and the time you'll be available to help. We are trying to get a count. You can e-mail him at or call him at 801.243.7473.
Again this Event is at Utah Lake. Take the Provo-Center Street Exit (Exit 265), turn Right and follow the road to the Utah Lake Marina.
If you have a Hui shirt please wear it!
Thanks again for your help! We'll see you Saturday at Utah Lake!
I Ku Mau Mau!
**FYI...If you didn't already know, we are now posting our events on the Hawaiian Cultural Centers Calender of Events. A link to the Calendars are located on the left had side of our blog. Our next BIG event will be the Aloha Festival to be held on June 27, 2009 all day at the Hawaiian Cultural Center.

Monday, June 1, 2009


Utah Lake Waterfest is this weekend. The wa'a are already down in Provo. We will need help setting up.
Friday-meet at 6 pm
Saturday-meet at 8:30 am
Please wear a Hui t-shirt on Saturday- if you have one.

Friday, May 29, 2009

One Paddle...Two Paddle!

Enjoying the Lake on the StandUP!

Saturday Paddling, Jordanelle Camp and Shave Ice!!

The Hui will be paddling this Saturday 8:30 am to 2:00 pm @ the GSL Marina.
Also, If you haven't already done so...please RSVP and let Neal know if you will be participating in the Jordanelle Campout by Monday, June 1, 2009 you may email him at
Last...In preparation for the upcoming Utah Lake Festival (June 6th)and the Aloha Festival(June 27th), the Hui will be conducting a Shave Ice Making Clinic for ALL HUI MEMBERS. Please come learn and perfect your shave ice making can sample too! Clinic to be held Wednesday, June 1st 6:30 pm at the Hawaiian Cultural Center.
It's Aloha Friday...No work till Monday!
Have a GREAT weekend everyone!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Hui Paoakalani is planning a Campout and Paddle June 12-13 at Jordanelle Reservoir. This will be a FUN event for the whole FAMILY!! If you are interested in extending the campout through Sunday...would you please e-mail Neal at so he can get a count of those who would like to extend the FUN!
Keep checking the blog...More details will be coming soon.

JUNE 6, 2009 - UTAH LAKE WATER FEST 10 am to 2 pm @ Utah Lake. The Hui will be participating in the "Green" event promoting non-motorized lake activities.
JUNE 19, 2009 - FATHER'S DAY KANIKAPILA POTLUCK 6:30 to 9:00 pm @ the Hawaiian Cultural Center
JUNE 27, 2009 - 2ND ANNUAL UTAH ALOHA FESTIVAL 10 am to 5 pm at the Hawaiian Cultural Center

Sunday, May 24, 2009

WE DID IT!!...Again! The 2009 Antelope Island Tatonka Hoe!

As of this past Saturday, all Three of our Wa'a have made the journey across the Great Salt Lake to Antelope Island. We want to thank Kumu Butch and Tyler Leong for steering and navigating Kai Lana Kaleo and Melinda Lei Hanohano to the island and back. Both crews got in a good work out and a great distance paddling experience. The crews would also like to thank Pat and Larry Leong, Becki Porter, Neal Hanohano, and Al Stroud for cooking the food and taking care of things back at the "Shack." We would also like to thank the GSL and Antelope Island Rangers for supporting us in our paddle. To see more pictures, click on the shutterfly link under "Hui Pictures" Check the blog for our next paddle date.
I Ku Mau Mau!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Weekend Paddle


The Hui will be doing a "Pau Hana" Friday paddle again after work on Friday at the GSL Marina (5 pm til dusk). Please bring a favorite treat to share with everyone. On Saturday, the Hui will be on the lake "all-day" long beginning at 8:30 am for those wishing to paddle to Antelope Island - a 16 mile distance paddle. We will have 2 wa'a available, if needed? Please bring appropriate sunscreen and water, etc. For the general public, you may show up beginning at 10:00 am. Please bring your favorite "side dish" to share with everyone for a "Pot Luck" lunch. As a reminder, a $2 Marina fee is required. Hui membership forms can be down loaded from the blog ( Also, the Hui does have a limited amount of Duke Water Fest t-shirts still available - $15 ea.

Also, congratulations to the Kumu Butch and his brave crew for steering & navigating the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku wa'a to its first ever Antelope Island crossing this past Saturday. The entire paddle covered nearly 16.2 miles was accomplished in a little under 3 hours! GEEV'UM BRAHDAH!!
A Hui Hou!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Monday May 18, 2009

Pau Hana Paddle today after work. See you at the Lake!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Kanikapila Friday and Paddling Saturday...

Just a Reminder...
*Kanikapila Pot-luck Friday May 15th-6:30 pm at the Hawaiian Cultural Center
*Paddling Saturday May 16th-8:30 am-12 noon at the GSL Marina
Have a Great Weekend!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Naitonal Learn to Row Day...June 6, 2009

Fellow Hui Member Lisa Pflugh wanted to pass this information on to all Hui Members...
June 6th is National Learn to Row day. The Great Salt Lake Rowing club (GLSR) participates in this national event and offers a fun introduction to rowing.
The event is free and runs from 9:00am to 12:00pm and is at the Great Salt Lake Marina (about 10 minutes west of the airport). Rowing is another great way to appreciate the Great Salt Lake.
Can you spread the word that the rowing club would love to have paddlers drop by? It’s just another way of appreciating the Great Salt Lake and being on the water.

Friday, May 8, 2009

No Paddling this Weekend-May 8-10, 2009

Aloha Everyone!
The Hui will be taking the weekend off from paddling...allowing our members to recuperate from the Water Fest and enjoy time relaxing with their families. Paddling should resume next weekend. Check the blog for up-dates.
Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pictures and Video

Pictures from the Water Fest have been uploaded to Shutterfly. A link to the Short Documentary on the Great Salt Lake which was shot and produced by Eric Bunch for the Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theatres is also available. Just look under "Hui Pictures and Video" and click on the appropriate link. Please note-you will need to have "quicktime" installed on your computer to view the video that Eric shot...if you don't have can always see it when you go to the movies at the Megaplex theatres!
A Hui Hou!

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Mahalo Everyone!!
Thank you to each and everyone of you for your help and participation in making the 1st Annual Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Water Fest a success. This event would have never happened without each of you, your hard work and your support. Ho'okahi Ka 'Ilauhoe Like Ana....paddling together in one mind, one heart, and one soul. Again, THANK YOU for your help, your dedication, and your support! Enjoy your day. Get some rest, and we'll be paddling again real soon.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Paddle on Monday!

Pau Hana Paddle......come when you can. Hui Meeting to follow. See you Monday!!
A Hui Hou!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Please Submit Your Water Fest Registration ASAP.
As of today, we have approximately 70 paddlers registered for the Water Fest. Once again, if you plan to paddle-please submit your form ASAP. Forms can be downloaded by clicking on the link to the left....look under the "FORMS" section. While most of you are current on your Hui dues, there are still some that are not. If you are NOT CURRENT please also submit the $10.00 fee with your registration form. If you plan on paying the day of the event-please send in your form and an email to Tammy at so we can make a note in our records. If you are having financial problems and really want to paddle...please call Darren at 801.243.7473 to work something out. Again, Mahalo for your support in this EXCITING EVENT!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Saturday Paddle. April 25, 2009. 10 am...dress for the weather. Go Paddle!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Help Needed Friday April 24th

Aloha Hui Members!

Help is needed this Friday "pau hana time" (after work). We will be setting up quilts for the Hawaiian Quilt Show which will be held at the Hawaiian Cultural Center on Saturday. Click on the link to view the flyer.

See you Friday!


Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Center Clean-up and General Hui Meeting

In preparation for hosting Out-of-Town Paddlers at the Hawaiian Cultural Center, we will be having a Center Clean-up Day on Wednesday April 22nd - starting at 6:30 pm. Immediately AFTER the clean up we will be having a GENERAL HUI MEETING to discuss the upcoming Water Fest. Please come! Your support is appreciated!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Paddle Tuesday April 21, 2009

Aloha Everyone!
We had a great turn out at our "pau hana" paddle on Monday! We welcome all the NEW paddlers who have been joining is so great to see Hui Paoakalani growing. Our Hui Coaches are working on a summer schedule and we will post it once it is finalized. For right now...continue to check the blog and your e-mail to find out if we are paddling. Since the weather will be nice on Tuesday, the Hui plans another paddle after work at 5 pm.
**We also wanted to bring to your attention a few "HOUSE -KEEPING" items:
1) Please pay the $2.00 entry fee as you come in. Hui members have established a GREAT relationship with Great Salt Lake Rangers Dave, Eric, and Bob and we want to keep our relationship GOOD. The Rangers have informed us that they are "cracking down" on payment of the entry fees, so please pay if you don't have the BLUE GSL sticker. All Hui Members who are CURRENT on Hui dues are entitled to a parking pass and are exempt from paying the $2.00 entry fee. If you still have the RED GSL sticker from last year and are CURRENT on your dues, see Tammy or Darren for a BLUE sticker, otherwise you should be paying the $2.00 fee)
2) If you are planning on paddling in the Water Fest on May 2nd and have NOT already filled out your registration form and paid the $10.00 fee... Please do so BY April 25,2009. Boy Chun Fook would like to start organizing the teams for the races. Checks should be made out to: KLMF - Ka Lama Mohala Foundation. (All Hui Members who are CURRENT on their dues, or those who have recently paid $10.00 for the 30 day trial membership are EXEMPT from paying the Water Fest entry fee.) Remember, this $10.00 fee includes your USACK insurance for 30 days, and will be credited towards your first months payment when you decide to become a member.
3) We will be placing a JAR in the "SHACK" to COLLECT DONATIONS that will be used to defray the cost of paper products, trash bags and help pay for some food items. Since we usually "pot luck" after our paddles, feel free to bring something to share. OR if you don't feel like can always make a donation to the jar. Give what you can, any amount will be appreciated.
4) We are still looking for Donations for our Raffle at the Water Fest. Any type of Donation would be certificates, gift baskets, t-shirts, any type of merchandise. Contact Darren at if you have questions about donating to the Raffle.
5) Pictures from the Saturday paddle have been uploaded. Click on the Hui Pictures link to view.
AGAIN, MAHALO for ALL YOUR SUPPORT!! It looks like 2009 will bring us a GREAT PADDLING SEASON!! Keep spreading the word on the Water Fest. Again the date is May 2, 2009 at the GSL Marina.
A Hui Hou!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Monday Paddle April 20, 2009

We had a WONDERFUL day of paddling on the Great Salt Lake this past Saturday. GREAT FRIENDS, GREAT FOOD AND GREAT WEATHER! Mahalo to EVERYONE for showing up and supporting our Hui! Mahalo to Kumu Butch for leading the Paddling Clinic and instructing our new paddlers on paddling technique, safety, and protocol. Also, Mahalo to Gene, Tyler, and Kwan Ki for their instruction and guidance to less experienced paddlers, and to Aunty Angie and Aunty Pat for making sure we are well fed!
We are planning another paddle tomorrow-Monday April 20th at 5pm. We invite each one of you to join us!!
I Ku Mau Mau!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

No Hui Meeting Wednesday-Paddle on Friday

No Hui Meeting Wednesday, April 15, 2009. However, We WILL be paddling this Friday after work at 5 pm. **Don't Forget...the Paddle and Safety Clinic is this Saturday 10 am to noon.
Mahalo to EVERYONE for your hard work and support of the Hui and the Hui's upcoming activities/events!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Monday Paddle April 13, 2009

Happy Easter Everyone!

Since the Easter Bunny is bringing us good weather.... we are planning another paddle session after work this Monday at 5 pm. As mentioned before...feel free to invite anyone you know who may be interested in paddling in the Water Fest. sure to bring your parking tag with the BLUE GSL sticker, or be prepared to pay $2.00 for parking.

Don't forget...the Paddling and Safety Clinic will be held this Saturday from 10 am to noon. This clinic will expose new paddlers to our sport as they will learn the basics of OC6 paddling. And since Safety is a top priority, this clinic is a good reminder for all of us as we begin our paddling season. Forms will be available on the blog on Monday. Cost is $10.00 and it includes USACK insurance for 30 days. All Hui members who are current on their Hui/Insurance dues are exempt from this fee. ** Please note that AFTER the Saturday clinic, the $10.00 per day rate will be enforced for all NEW paddlers. (This was previously discussed in a Hui Board Meeting).

Kumu Kaleo requests help from those of you who will be going "Home" soon. She needs help transporting small items back to Utah from Hawaii. These items are for Center presentations and activities. If you can help...please contact her at

Mahalo to each one of you for your support! Your enthusiasm and excitement with regards to the upcoming Water Fest is appreciated! Keep spreading the word...It is sure to be a memorable event!! Enjoy the day with your 'Ohana and we'll see you at the lake on Monday!

'Eono kino, ho'okahi mana'o, ho'okahi 'uhane.....6 bodies, one mind, one spirit.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tuesday Paddle

Aloha Hui & Friends;
We had a great paddle on Monday - after work - and are planning to paddle again Tuesday evening at 5 PM. The two Na Wa'a are on the beach ready togo for another training session on Tuesday. There will definitely be at least our core paddlers out at the GSL Marina because we will need to takethe canoes out of the water before the next storm rolls in on Wednesday. Again, we are inviting anyone interested in participating in the May 2ndwaterfest to our practices and meetings prior to the Duke Paoa KahanamokuGreat Salt Lake Water Fest. There are only 4 weeks left till the event and we want to take advantage of the nice weather forecasted for Tuesday.
We are still hoping to paddle this weekend pending good weather. Saturday's weather forecast shows a 40%chance of rain / snow, but we will be ready if the weather improves.
Also, don't forget the Hui General meeting on Wednesday @ 6:30PM to discussthe waterfest.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Monday Paddle

Aloha Hui;
If you were like me this past weekend and became a "frustrated paddler" because the sun didn't come out till after the LDS General Conferece was over, we are planning to remedy that tomorrow with a week day after work paddle. We will paddle tomorrow (Monday) after work around 5 PM at the GSL Marina.We have at least 10 paddlers committed for tomorrow. You may invite anyone interested in participating in the May 2nd waterfest.There are only 4 weeks left till the event and we want to take advantageof the nice weather forecasted for the next 2 days. We also hope to paddle this weekend pending good weather. Saturday's weather forecast shows a 40%chance of rain / snow, but we are hopeful that the odds will improve. Don't forget to bring your parking pass or you may need to pay $2 at the entrance for use of the marina. Also, don't forget the Hui General meeting on Wednesday @ 6:30PM to discussthe waterfest. If you have any questions, call me at 801-721-7026.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Paddling and Safety Clinic

Aloha Everyone!
In preparation for our May 2nd Waterfest we are planning on having a Paddle and Safety Clinic to be held April 18th from 10 am to noon at the GSL Marina. You may be wondering WHY?

First, To Expose New Paddlers to our sport and to hopefully gain their support as Hui members.
Second, We are seeking more participants in the Waterfest from our Utah Community.
Third, Create awareness of the Hawaiian Cultural Center and all the activities offered.
Lastly, Safety is our top priority and this is a good reminder for all of us as we begin our paddling season.

We will be circulating a flyer to advertise this Clinic soon. The clinic will cost $10.00 and will include insurance for 30 days from the date of the clinic. This fee will also allow clinic participants to paddle in the Waterfest.

All Hui Members who are Current on their Hui Membership/Insurance fees are EXEMPT from this fee. We know this is something that was not brought up at our Hui Board Meeting, it is something we just recently thought of as a way to generate more participants and exposure for our upcoming paddle.

Please convey your thoughts and comments to by Monday, April 6th.
Please remember the May 2nd Water Fest is meant to be 100% demonstrational. But we would like as many participants as possible.

If the Media is there, we would like them to see lots of participation from people of all ages. We are thinking of the "bigger picture"...not just the Hui but trying to Save the Hawaiian Cultural Center too.

Darren and Ben

Saturday Paddling

We WILL plan on paddling tomorrow-Saturday, April 4th. 10 am. See you tomorrow.

*REMINDER...If you have not already done so...please PAY your Hui Membership and Insurance fees. DEADLINE is May 1st. If you are having financial problems please contact Hui Manager-Darren at to work something out. We need everyones support in this matter, it is only fair to those who have already paid. Mahalo!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Kanikapila this Friday and Paddling on Saturday

Aloha Everyone,

This is just a reminder regarding Kanikapila/Potluck. It will be held Friday April 3, 2009 @ 6:30pm.
Please note that laulau will NOT be sold at this Kanikapila. It will be regular potluck. Click on link for flyer:[1].pdf

Also...the Hui is planning on paddling this Saturday(weather permitting). Please check back on Friday to make sure.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Melinda Lei Kekauoha Hanohano

Our newest Wa'a was named and blessed in a private ceremony this past week. The Wa'a was named after Melinda Lei Kekauoha Hanohano, our former Ka Lama Mohala Foundation President. Mahalo to all who gave of their time, energy, and love to make this event so special. May Melinda's spirit of Aloha continue to live on in all who paddle and are associated with this special wa'a.

2009 Membership Forms Available

2009 Membership forms are now available below and on the Centers website . Once on the on "Our Services" then click on "Wa'a" to access the forms. Or click on links below:

All Members will need to print out and sign each form. Checks are to be made out to KLMF (Ka Lama Mohala Foundation) or you may pay by Credit Card during the Center hours.

Monday, March 23, 2009


Mahalo to everyone who gave of their time and energy to help at the Ho'ike this past Saturday. Our Hui Fundraiser went well as all the rice bowls "SOLD OUT!!" A BIG MAHALO to Ben and Larry for organizing the food, as well as all of you who helped prepare and cook food, load-up supplies, and volunteered time at the Ho'ike.
Please note...The registration forms for the upcoming season will be available very shortly. We will have a link to Centers website where you will be able to access and print out the needed registration forms. Questions or comments regarding the upcoming season may be directed to:
Be sure to mark your calendars for the DUKE KAHANAMOKU WATER FEST to be held May 2, 2009 at the Great Salt Lake South Marina. If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please send an e-mail with your contact information to:

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hui Fundraiser

Chicken Rice Bowl
Kalua Pig Rice Bowl
$5.00 each
Quantities Limited
Look for Us at the Ho’ike!
Saturday March 21,2009
Hunter High School

Monday, March 16, 2009

Hui General Membership Meeting

General Membership Meeting
Tuesday March 17, 2009
6:30 pm
@ the Hawaiian Cultural Center
Volunteers are needed for this Saturday's Ho'ike.
The Hui has been asked to help collect tickets and serve as ushers. We will also be selling Teriyaki chicken and Kalua Pig rice bowls, and will need a few Hui members to be at our Display table to help answer questions from the public.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Raffle Donations Wanted for Ho'ike

The Ka Lama Mohala dancers and the Hawaiian Cultural Center are seeking donations to be raffled off at the Ho'ike this Saturday. Any donations are baskets, services, gift cards to stores or restaurants, t-shirts, electronics, etc. all are welcome. If you or a business you know of would like to donate an item or service. Please contact Angie at: . Mahalo!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ka Lei Hanohano


The Ka Lama Mohala Hula Group and San Francisco’s own Halau o Keikiali`i, presents a hula production entitled, “Ka Lei Hanohano” (The Esteemed Lei). This performance will showcase ancient and modern Hawaiian Mele (songs) through haunting chants and mesmerizing hula. The performance is set for Saturday, March 21, at 5:00 pm and will be held at the theater at Hunter High School in West Valley City. Doors open at 4:00 pm. Ticket prices are $10.00 pre-sale ($15 at the door).
This production “Lei Hanohano” is in honor and in memory of Melinda Lei Hanohano. The Lei (floral wreath) have many connotations. Its most literal being a wreath entwined with various flowers and foliage. Pua or flowers in mele (songs) symbolize people, location, feelings and emotions. On a deeper level and in this case, the lei symbolizes a loving family who all came together, uniting to support a common cause which was to help promote and perpetuate the Hawaiian Culture through their many endeavors being involved at the Center. Melinda had a pivotal role and was often seen as being one of the "back-bone" of the Center. Melinda will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
Hawai`i’s last king, Kawika Kalakaua once said, “Hula is the language of the heart, and therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people”. The center has been working with Kumu Hula Kawika Alfiche with Halau o Keikiali`i of San Francisco. He will also be bringing his students to perform at this event, says Kumu Kawika, “Our audience will enjoy a powerful performance and gain a deeper understanding of Hawai`i, its people and traditions. The ancient songs and dances teach us of Hawai`i’s ancient histories. Through hula we learn of our past which then guides our future.” Dances of the old and new will be presented along with story telling, chant, haunting melodies and elaborate clothing.
The Midvale Hawaiian Cultural Center was established in 2006 with the help of the Ka Lama Mohala Foundation with the mission of preserving and perpetuating all things Hawaiian.

You may purchase tickets in advance at the Hawaiian Cultural Center.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Weekend Paddle Cancelled

Saturdays (3/7) paddle at the GSL has been cancelled due to poor weather. Please check blog next week for a paddle up-date.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Paddle this Saturday

The Hui plans to take the Wa'a out this Saturday March 7, 2009. We will be there from 10 am - 3 pm. (Weather permitting). Plan on bringing some food to share or some money to pay for food. If DO NOT have a NEW BLUE GSL sticker on your parking tag, please be prepared to pay the $2.00 entry fee. Everyone who has paid Hui dues is entitled to a sticker. Questions may be directed to See you Saturday!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

And...More Pictures!

Click below to view the other half of the pictures that were taken on Saturday.

Monday, February 23, 2009


Here's a link to half of the pictures that were taken on Saturday. The rest will be uploaded soon. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Mahalo to ALL Hui Members and Friends for supporting the coldest OC6 Paddle ever on the GSL. The Hui would also like to thank GSL Harbormaster Dave Shearer and his assistant Eric for their support on the water. As well as The Dive Shop in Bountiful and Neptune Divers for supplying the Hui with wetsuits. The sun was shining and everyone had a great time! More pictures will be available shortly. I Ku Mau Mau!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Winter Paddle February 21,2009

Get ready for our Winter Paddle February 21, 2009 starting at 12 noon on the Great Salt Lake. Come support Hui Paoakalani in this unique event. Bring your cameras and dress WARM!!!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

February 4, 2009

There will be a Hui BOARD Meeting for ALL BOARD MEMBERS on February 4, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hawaiian Cultural Center. This meeting will be followed by a GENERAL MEMBERSHIP Meeting for ALL HUI MEMBERS at 7:15 p.m.
Hope you can make it!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Upcoming Hui Events

Mark your calendars with the following upcoming events:

January 31, 2008

Wa'a Repair

10 am-3pm @ HCC

The Hui will be completing some minor cosmetic repairs on both Kai Lana Kaleo and the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku wa'a prior to relocating the wa'a back to the GSL Marina in early March.

February 20, 2009
"Save the Center" Kanikapila Night
6- 9:30 pm @ HCC
Cost: $5.00 per person-dinner included
Proceeds from this Kanikapila will help sustain our efforts to keep the doors of our Hawaiian Cultural Center open here in Utah. If you were not aware, the Ka Lama Mohala Foundation operates the Hawaiian Cultural Center on 100% grant funding with the purpose of being the hub of Hawaiian knowledge and education here in Utah. The Center provides Hawaiians and Hawaiians-at-heart with a sense of place, belonging, and identity that keeps us all filled with the spirit of ALOHA. Please plan on attending this special Kanikapila where you will learn more about our efforts to creating a sustainable Hawaiian Cultural Center in Utah. All donations are tax deductible. Please visit for more information.

February 21, 2009
"Save the Center" Awareness Paddle
12 Noon @ GSL South Marina
Marina Entrance Fee Required: $3.00 per vehicle
Come support the Hui as several of our Members will attempt a Winter Paddle on the Great Salt Lake, in hopes of also creating awareness of our Hawaiian Cultural Center. Dress for the weather and bring your cameras!

May 2, 2009
First Annual Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Great Salt Lake Water Fest
10 am-4 pm @ GSL South Marina
Marina Entrance Fee Required: $3.00 per vehicle
This inaugural event will be the first of its kind in Utah and will be a historical event for all Hawaiians and Hawaiians-at-heart. This Water Fest will showcase Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Racing (OC6) demonstrations in real racing format on the shores of the Great Salt Lake South Marina. Paddlers from the Pacific Northwest Outrigger Canoe Association as well as paddlers from our own Hui Paoakalani will assist in this demonstration event. If you are interested in participating as a novice paddler, helping with the event, or providing any type of sponsorship for this event-please e-mail Darren at . More information will be forthcoming regarding participation fee's and practice schedules.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Week of January 4-10, 2009

There will be a Hui Board Meeting for ALL Hui Board Members Wednesday January 7, 2009 from 6:30-7:15 p.m. This will be followed by a General Hui Membership meeting for ALL Hui Members from 7:15-8:00 p.m. See you Wednesday.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!

Happy New Year Everyone!
We hope you all had a safe and fun celebration.
This year is sure to be an AWESOME year for the Hui.
Our next Hui Meeting/Clinic will be on January 7, 2009 at 6:30 pm. We will be discussing upcoming activities. Please mark your calendar.
Hui Paoakalani expresses our deepest sympathy to the Moana Flores and 'Ohana as Moana's father "Pops" passed away Christmas morning here in Salt Lake City. Funeral Services will be held back in Hawaii on January 9th. Please keep Moana and her family in your thoughts and prayers.