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.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Aloha Everyone,
With the change in weather this past weekend our 2010 paddling season has officially come to a close. Our Wa'a have been covered and stored, and we look forward to a quick winter so we can get back in the water soon!
The Hui will still have various activities planned throughout the winter season. We will post them on the blog as they are planned.
Mahalo to ALL of you who supported the Hui this past season. We appreciate your support! With the anticipation of more interest in our 2011 season our Hui Board will be putting together a more regular paddling schedule with designated times for Kane, Wahine and 'Ohana paddling.
If you were new to the Hui this past year and are interested in serving on our Hui Board next season, please let Darren know via e-mail at Again...Mahalo for your support to Hui Paoakalani!

Friday, October 15, 2010

GREAT time at the lake last Friday!

We had a GREAT evening watching movies at the Great Salt Lake last Friday night. Aunty Becki's Seafood Chowder was sooo ono!
No paddle this weekend due to lack of available Hui Members.
We also wanted pass on the following information from the Center.
Enjoy your weekend!
A hui hou!

Here's the information.....
"Portugese Kings of Comedy"
Hawaiian Cultural Center

741 W Smelter St
Midvale, UT 84047
(801) 56ALOHA

Aloha Friday Special Blow Out

This will be the LAST SPECIAL before the show in order to blow out the remaining tickets. Platinum & VIP tickets are limited, so call now to get yours at a discounted rate.
General Admission is still available and you wont find it again at this price. Prices will only last till SUNDAY @ MIDNIGHT.

Please call for the special ticket prices:
Hawaiian Cultural Center: (801) 56ALOHA (call)
(Friday: 10a-6p, Saturday: 9a-1p)
Kathleen Madsen: (801)472-2588 (call/text)
Nohea Hanohano: (808)306-9990 (call/text)

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Hui Movie and Potluck Friday Night

Aloha Everyone!
Just a reminder...we will be having a Hui Paoakalani Movie and Potluck this Friday night at the Hui Shack.
Potluck starts at 6 pm. Movie starts at dusk.
We will be watching a surfing movie... Riding Giants and/or The Ride.
Popcorn will be provided by the Hui.
Bring your family, chairs and blankets and enjoy movie night under the stars with Hui Paoakalani.
FYI: No Hui Paddle this Saturday.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

No Paddle this Weekend....Hui Paoakalani Movie and Potluck October 8th

No Hui Paddle this Saturday. Please join Hui Paoakalani for a Movie Under the Stars at the Great Salt Lake!
Bring your chairs and your blankets. Popcorn will be provided. :)
Hui Movie and Potluck: Friday, October 8th. Potluck at 6pm. Movie starts at dusk.
We will be watching surf movies The Ride and/or Riding Giants.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

More Pictures!

Check out The Shack!

Mahalo to Kumu Butch, Darren, Gene and Nalu for helping to get the wall on our Shack painted! It looks AWESOME! Auntie Becki and Tammy were good "supervisors!" :) Our Hui Paoakalani name will be painted in black block lettering shortly. We had a great day at the lake and will continue to paddle as long as the weather is good.
Mahalo to all who joined us at the lake today!
Have a great week and we'll see you on the water this coming weekend!

Friday, September 17, 2010

September 18th paddle changed. Rig time is 9am

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Kanikapila and Saturday Paddle

Aloha Everyone,
Don't forget....Kanikapila this Friday night at the Hawaiian Cultural Center ( and our
Saturday Paddle is 8 am to noon this Saturday.
Have a great day and see you this weekend!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

No paddle this weekend

Aloha Hui Members

FYI....There will be No Padddle/Potluck this weekend. Enjoy the weekend with your family and get rested up for our next paddle/potluck on September 18th. (weather permitting)


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Labor Day Hui Paddle and Potluck

Labor Day Hui Paddle and Potluck Monday, September 6th. Rig time: 2pm
See you at the lake!
A hui hou!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Saturday Paddle

Reminder....Hui Paoakalani Paddle and Potluck this Saturday, September 4th at the GSL Marina. Rig time: 9am

Friday, August 27, 2010

Aloha Hui Members,
Due to forecast of stormy weather-this Saturday's (Aug. 28th) paddle and potluck has been cancelled.
Next paddle is scheduled for September 4th. Enjoy your weekend!
Mahalo for your support!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Hui Paoakalani Campout this Weekend for all current Hui Paoakalani members. If you are not a current Hui Paoakalani member and would like to join, or if you need details on the Campout....please e-mail the Hui at

Friday, August 6, 2010

Next Paddle and Potluck is Saturday, August 7th. Rig time at 9am.
Mahalo to everyone who assisted with hosting the Granger High Football team at the lake last Saturday. A great time was enjoyed by both players and Hui Paoakalani members.


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Pau hana Paddle and Potluck scheduled for this coming Friday, starting at 6 pm. Hui Paoakalani will be hosting the Granger High Football team at the lake this coming Saturday. If you will be available to help. Please let us know through e-mail. You may also e-mail questions or concerns to the Hui at:


Monday, July 19, 2010


MAHALO! To EVERYONE who helped at Keiki Camp this past Saturday. Thank you for sharing of your time and knowledge in giving the Keiki a chance to learn more about their Hawaiian Culture.

Next paddle/potluck scheduled for this Saturday, July 24th-7:30 am rig time.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Aloha Friday Pau Hana Paddle and Pot-luck

It's Aloha work till Monday! Join the Hui for a Pau Hana Paddle and Pot-luck. Friday, July 16th. 6:00 pm @ the Great Salt Lake.
*Reminder-First Paddle is FREE, after that please purchase a membership OR pay drop-in rate of $10.00 per day. Also, if you DO NOT have a GSL parking pass - please be sure to pay the Marina Entry fee of $2.00.
Mahalo and we'll see you on the lake!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Keiki Camp this Week

Hui Paoakalani will be at the lake helping with Keiki Camp this Saturday. Keiki camp will run Wednesday through Saturday July 14 through 17 and again July 28 through 31. For more information please call the Hawaiian Cultural Center at
801-56-ALOHA or e-mail the Hui and we will forward your name and information on to the Hawaiian Cultural Center's staff.
Those interested in the 2nd Session(July 28-31) should contact the Center ASAP as space is limited.
All Hui Paoakalani Members: We will be meeting at the Lake this Saturday 7:30 am(rig time). We will be helping with Keiki camp, and we WILL pot luck as usual. Assisting with Keiki camp will count towards service hours for the season.
Mahalo in advance and we'll see you at the lake on Saturday!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

ʻĀhaʻi ʻŌlelo Ola 5 Iulai 2010 Hokuleʻa Training

Check out Hokule'a's Recent Training Sail around the Hawaiian Islands. Mark Ellis is Hui Member Tammy Medeiros' brother.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July Weekend.
Next potluck/paddle is July 10th. 9am to noon.
***Reminder-first paddle is FREE, after that you WILL NEED TO buy a Hui membership or pay the drop-in day rate of $10.00 per day. E-mail questions or concerns to us at
Mahalo for your support.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Hui Paoakalani Goes Sailing! and No Paddling over the Holiday Weekend

We had an AWESOME day at the lake this past Saturday. The guys put together a mast and used a windsurfer sail to get our wa'a sailing on the Great Salt Lake! It was quite a sight!!!
Watch out...they may be sailing to Antelope Island or beyond soon... oh...that is as they kick back and enjoy the sights while eating their Hui Shave Ice! :)
Just a Reminder...
No Paddling over the Holiday Weekend.
Enjoy the fireworks and we'll see you on the lake July 10th.

Monday, June 21, 2010


Hui Paoakalani would like to thank each and everyone of you who came out to support the 2nd Annual Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Great Salt Lake Waterfest. There were many smiles and a wonderful time was enjoyed by all who came out to the lake.
Hui Members, family and friends willingly gave many, many hours of man-power to help set-up, clean-up, prepare/sell poke and shave ice, rig canoes, and help our keiki and members of the public experience Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling on the Great Salt Lake.
Mahalo again to the following Hui Members who always willingly give of their time to help the Hui experience continued success: Ben, Kwan Ki, Shauna, Kumu Butch, Becki, Lama, Angie, Larry, Pat, Tyler, Gene, Mike, Uncle Al, Auntie Marcia, Darren, Tammy, and those family members and friends of our Hui Board Members who also helped out on Saturday.
Mahalo nui loa! We sure do appreciate you!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Water Fest this Saturday!

Hui Paoakalani Outrigger Canoe Club and the Hawaiian Cultural Center invite you to join us at the Great Salt Lake this Saturday June 19, 2010 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Bring your family and friends!
Come paddle an Outrigger Canoe and learn more about the special relationship the Hawaiian people have with the ocean through participating in water sports activities.
Activities are FREE! There will be FREE snacks for your Keiki! While at the lake, be sure to stop inside the Hui Shack to pick up a Hui Paoakalani Shave Ice or Poke Rice Bowl. Hui t-shirts also will be available on Saturday.
See you at the lake!
*$2.00 per vehicle marina entry fee required.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Mahalo to everyone who came out to help and purchase Laualau's from the Hui this past weekend.

The Hui expresses our gratitude to the following: Au 'Ohana, Leong 'Ohana, Mata'ia 'Ohana, Medeiros 'Ohana, Porter 'Ohana, and Stroud 'Ohana for giving of their time and and helping with the prep. work and pick-up.

The Hui would also like to thank Ben, Butch, Becki, Darren, Kwan Ki, Mike, Tommy, and Tammy for helping out with an paddle fundraiser later that afternoon and evening.

Again, we appreciate the support of our core Hui Members and their families. We also appreciate those of you who supported the Hui by purchasing Laulau's, Poke, Poke bowls, and t-shirts! Your support will help the Hui offset costs for our Hui Shack repairs and the upcoming Duke Fest (on June 19th) as well as Keiki Camp (July 2010).

FYI...The Hui will be out at the lake this Saturday...Rain or Shine starting at 10 am. Bring a Potluck dish to share. *New Paddlers - Remember there is a $2.00 Marina entry fee and be sure to bring a signed Hui Waiver form with you.

Here are some additional FREE Events for your whole family:

Friday June 11, 6:30pm KANIKAPILA @ Hawaiian Cultural Center
(741 W Smelter St Midvale)

Saturday June 19, 10a Duke Water Fest @ Great Salt Lake Marina
(*$2 marina entrance fee)

Monday, May 31, 2010

Laulau Fundraiser this Saturday!

Aloha Hui Members and Friends,

We hope everyone had a GREAT holiday weekend!
Just a reminder....Hui Paoakalani's Quarterly Laulau Fundraiser will be this Saturday,June 5, 2010.
Laulau pickup will be from 10 am to noon at the Hawaiian Cultural Center. A limited number of Laulau tickets are still available for purchase (1 for $5. or 5 for $20.) Please e-mail the Hui ( if interested.
The Hui will also have Kumu Butch and Auntie Becki's 'Ono Poke Bowls available for $5.00 each, as well as our 2010 Hui Paoakalani t-shirts.

Also, be sure to mark your calendar on for our
2nd Annual Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Great Salt Lake Water Fest to be held on June 19th.

Have a wonderful week!
A hui hou!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mahalo for your help and Saturday Paddle

Aloha Kakahiaka!
First off...Mahalo to Uncle Al, Ben, Becki, Butch, Darren, Kwan Ki, Lama, Larry, Tommy and Tyler for giving of your time to help the Lucero 'Ohana load up their moving van yesterday.
Secondly....the paddle start time has been pushed back till 11am for Saturday. *NEW PADDLERS....please be sure to print off and bring a
signed Hui waiver form with you.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Lucero 'Ohana needs your help and Paddle this weekend

Aloha Everyone,

The Hui will be helping load a moving van this coming Friday afternoon (5/28) at the Lucero's home beginning at 4:00 pm in preparation for their move to West Virginia. We are looking for a few more individuals to assist the Hui in this service. This should only take an hour or two of your time and these service hours will count towards your discounted 2010 membership fee's. Please bring your work gloves and any dollies you might have. Your KOKUA is greatly appreciated. If you need their address, please e-mail the Hui at

We will plan on paddling this weekend (weather permitting) same time...same place. :)


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Kanikapila this Friday and Paddling on Saturday

Just a reminder...
Kanikapila will be this Friday evening at the Hawaiian Cultural Center. The Hui will have a table set up and we will be selling Laulau tickets and our 2010 Hui T-shirts. Laulau tickets will be available for a purchase price of
1 for $5.00 or 5 for $20.00. The pick-up date for the Laulau is June 5th from 10 am to noon at the Hawaiian Cultural Center.
Our 2010 Hui T-shirt will also be available for purchase while supplies last. The cost for the t-shirts are $12.00 each. Sizes and colors vary, with sizes ranging from Adult small to XXL.
Hui Members are encouraged to wear a Hui t-shirt to Kanikapila. Please let Darren know if you can help sell Laulau tickets/t-shirts that night. (e-mail
Paddle and Pot-luck this Saturday 9am to 2pm. Just a reminder...New paddlers need to bring a signed Hui Waiver form (available on our blog).
If you have any questions...feel free to e-mail the Hui at

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pau Hana paddle on Monday after work - 5 pm till whenever at the GSL.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

No Paddle this Saturday May 15th. Join us on the lake next Saturday.
*Reminder...the Hui is pre-selling Laulau tickets as part of our quarterly fundraiser. Laulau tickets are 1 for $5.00 or 5 for $20.00. Please see any Hui board member for tickets. Laulau pick-up date is June 5th, 10 am to noon at the Hawaiian Cultural Center.
A hui hou!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Paddle This Saturday

We will be paddling this Saturday, May 8th from 9 am to 1 pm. New Paddlers....Don't forget to bring your signed waiver form ( available on blog). The Hui will also have Hui t-shirts available for sale. There will be a Center clean-up this Tuesday, May 11th at the Hawaiian Cultural Center starting at 5 pm. Bring your gloves and outside gardening tools we will be cleaning inside and outside of the building. The Center clean-up will count towards your 2010 Hui membership service hours.
Mahalo and see you Saturday at the lake!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Paddle this Saturday

Mahalo to the Au's, Leongs, Mataia's, Medeiros', Porter's, and Stroud's for helping to set up and and take down tents and equipment at the Centers Lei Aloha Activity this past Saturday. Your time and efforts were greatly appreciated!!!
We WILL be paddling this coming Saturday. We will meet at 9:30 am. If you are a NEW PADDLER please review the NEW PADDLER form on our blog and be sure to bring your signed HUI PAOAKALANI 2010 WAIVER FORM with you.
We will pot-luck at lunch, so bring something to share or you can always make a donation to our donation jar. As a reminder, be sure to pay the $2.00 Marina Entry Fee. This fee is collected by and paid to the State of Utah. Fee envelopes are available upon entry to the Marina. If you have questions...please let us know .
See you Saturday! A hui hou!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lei Aloha 'Ohana Day Activity this Saturday

Aloha Hui,

We will be doing some service hours at the Hawaiian Cultural Center on Saturday to get ready for “Ohana Day” at the center. We will put up some tents and set up the center. We need to set up around 12 Noon because the activities start at 3:00 PM. If the time changes, we will let you know. The Hui will be making “Shave Ice” and we should all share the duties. All the service hours will go towards your 2010 membership requirements and help keep the membership dues low.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Moving Wa'a Postponed

We have postponed moving the Wa'a out to the GSL Marina due to the winds. We will reschedule soon. Please check the blog for updates.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mahalo nui loa!

Hui Paoakalani would like to THANK each and everyone of you who bought Laulau, Poke, Poke Bowls, Cookies, and t-shirts at our Laulau fundraiser this past Saturday. We appreciate your support and look forward to having you come paddle with us this year.

For those of you who were interested...

Our next Laulau Fundraiser is scheduled for early June. We will also have more 2010 Hui T-shirts available for purchase in April (hopefully at the April Kanikapila).

The Hui will also be having a 'Ohana Day at the Great Salt Lake in June. Our events and paddle schedule will be posted on the calendars at or

Our Hui Members will be moving the Wa'a to the Lake this Thursday at 5 pm.

MAHALO for all your support!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Laulau Pick-up This Saturday!

Aloha Everyone!
Just a reminder that the Laulau pick-up will be this Saturday, March 20th from 10 am to 1 pm at the Hawaiian Cultural Center.
The Hawaiian Cultural Center will also be having a Lei Aloha 'Ohana Activity starting at 11am. The Lei Aloha Activity is a FREE activity for the whole family. Please visit for more information.
The Hui will also have a limited number of 'ono-licious Poke-rice bowls also available for $5.00 each.
Bring your families and we'll see you on Saturday!

Monday, March 1, 2010


Aloha Hui Members!
The 2010 Hui Paoakalani Membership and Hui Waiver Forms are NOW available! Please click on the link located in the "HUI PAOAKALANI FORMS" section of the blog.
The Hui Board approved Discounting Membership Fees for 2010. This will be a substantial discount over our 2009 membership fees, and will include a MANDATORY 40 hours of service time. If you DO NOT participate in the service time (which can be done by helping to setup/cleanup the wa'a and equipment at weekly paddles, helping with wa'a maintenance, helping with Hui "Shack" maintenance, helping at fundraisers and/or other Hui related events, etc.) you will have to pay an additional $150.00.
Your Hui Membership will NOT include the USACK Individual Insurance that was provided last season. Individuals wishing to compete in various canoe races, will need to obtain this insurance on their own.
We are almost done painting the wa'a, and they will be ready to be put back into the water soon!
As a REMINDER-ALL Paddlers MUST complete and sign the Hui Paoakalani Waiver Form BEFORE paddling with Hui Paoakalani.
You may bring your Completed Membership Form, and your Completed and Signed Waiver Form along with your payment on your first day day of paddling this season.
HUI PAOAKALANI does offer a "First Paddle Free" for anyone who has NEVER paddled with our club.
We have a LauLau Fundraiser taking place on March 20, 2010. Pickup will be from 10 am to 1 pm on March 20th at the Hawaiian Cultural Center. Tickets have been selling well and are still available 1 for $5.00 or 5 for $20.00 from any Hui Board Member. We will need help the night before, as well as on the actual pickup day. Please e-mail to let us know if you can help on either day.
Have a GREAT week and we are looking forward to a GREAT 2010 season of paddling!
Mahalo for your support!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Way to Go... Uncle Butch and Aunty Becky! and LauLau Fundraiser Coming Soon!

Congratulations to Butch and Becky Porter for Winning the Hawaiian Cultural Centers 1st Poke Challenge! Those of us who Paddle and attend Kanikapila regularly are not at all surprised, and we were thrilled they won! Click on the attached link to read the whole article

Hui Paoakalani was well represented at this event. Ben, Kwan Ki and Shauna Au also won an award, and Darren and Tammy Medeiros participated in the event as well. Mahalo to all Hui Members who helped with set up and clean up at the Hawaiian Cultural Center that night. Everyone enjoyed 'Ono Poke and lots of fun!

Mahalo also to Ben, Butch, Darren, and Tyler for their help in working on Wa'a this past Saturday.

****Please note: The Hui Paoakalani Board has approved a Hui Paoakalani Laulau Fundraiser. Tickets will be pre-sold, and will be available soon. Pick-up date for Laulau will be MARCH 20, 2010. Prices are - 1 for $5.00 OR 5 for $20.00. Please pass the word along to your 'Ohana and Friends.

E-mail us at if you have any questions or concerns.

Mahalo for your support!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Wa'a Maintenance Coming Along Well

Mahalo to AJ, Ben, Butch, Darren, Gene, Lama, Larry, and Tyler for giving of your time to help with the Wa'a maintnenance last Saturday. The Wa'a are looking GREAT! We look forward to another paddling season to start soon. The 2010 Registration Forms and Waivers will also be available shortly.

To view pictures of the Wa'a on the link below.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

We will be transporting our Wa'a this Saturday. (1/16/10) Meet at the Center at 11 am. Call Darren (801.243.7473) if you have questions.
MAHALO to BEN, BUTCH, DARREN, GENE, LAMA, LARRY, and TYLER for helping with Wa'a repairs last Saturday. Your help was GREATLY APPRECIATED!
I Ku Mau Mau!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Happy New Year Everyone!

We hope everyone had a Safe and Happy New Year's Celebration! We will be doing some general maintenance on the Wa'a this Saturday. We are meeting in the Hawaiian Cultural Center parking lot at 9:45 am and then driving over to Ben's office at 502 W. 8360 S. in Midvale to work on the wa'a. Enter off of Sandy Parkway. If you get lost...Ben's mobile is 801.721.7026.

Please bring any sanding tools you may have. No experience required! This is a good opportunity to get up and close with our wa'a.

Be Safe and see you Saturday!