Aloha Gene

Aloha Gene
Click on image to view a video tribute to Gene, created by his family.

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

UTAH Stories Article-Hawaiian Canoe Club: Aloha from the Great Salt Lake
click on image to view entire UTAH STORIES article

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 29, 2015

Celebration for Gene Chun

Some of Gene's Delta Airlines Friends have organized a memorial celebrating Gene's life. All are invited to attend. *Hui Paoakalani will host a memorial for our friend Gene Chun once the weather warms up and we can get the wa'a in the water this spring.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Beautiful tribute to our dear friend Gene Chun

We are grateful to the Chun family for sharing this beautiful video tribute of their brother Gene Chun with us. To view video, click on Gene's image at the top of the Hui blog page.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Aloha Gene Chun

Hui Paoakalani is saddened by the loss of one of our finest founding board members
and dear friend Gene Chun. Gene will always be remembered for the way he shared the Aloha spirit with anyone who came out to the Great Salt Lake marina. Gene was a great paddler, and a dedicated member of our Hui. His service and kindness to each one of us and our Hawaiian community will be dearly missed but never forgotten. He took time to instruct our keiki and usually the last one to leave the lake when it was time to go home. Gene always made us laugh with his stories about his travels around the world. He also kept us well fed with our favorite donuts and Chow fun from Little World. It has been a privilege to be touched by the life, friendship and service of this remarkable man! “hut, hut, HO!” until we meet again! ~Hui Paoakalani click here to view a video tribute to our friend Gene Chun.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Aloha Hui and Friends: We will have our last paddle of the 2015 season on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm. We will also be dry docking the outrigger canoes this Saturday. If you want to paddle, please come at 10 am because we will probably take the first canoe out of the water in the morning and take the second canoe out after we paddle. We will also clean and wash the canoes prior to preparing them for winter storage. As usual, we will have a pot luck luncheon so bring your stuff to share with the Hui. Mahalo to all of those who came out during the summer paddling season to support Hui Paoakalani. If you have any questions please call Ben Au at 801-721-7026. Mahalo Nui, Ben, Darren, Uncle Butch and the Hui

Thursday, September 3, 2015


Based on the latest weather forecasts, Uncle Butch and I decided to cancel paddling for this coming Saturday, September 5, 2015. Also, based on the latest information, Nebraska might be a bad place for BYU to open the 2015 College Football season. Hopefully, Utah does well tonight, Thursday September 3rd, and beats Michigan. So stay home this weekend and watch your favorite football teams or just any football game(s) you have time to watch. Make your favorite ono barbecue and eat up. And Gene, have a cold one. Or two. Or whatever you can handle. I have a 12 pack of Diet Coke for the weekend.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SATURDAY PADDLE: August 29, 2015

Aloha Hui and Friends,

We will be paddling on Saturday, August 29, 2015 between 10 am and 2 pm.  Our Pot Luck luncheon is planned with Tacos and guacamole as the main dish. Bring your favorite dish to compliment the main items. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SATURDAY PADDLE: August 22, 2015

Aloha Hui and Friends, We will be paddling on Saturday, August 22, 2015 between 10 am and 2 pm. Our Pot Luck luncheon is planned with Pork BBQ sandwiches the main menu item along with Mango - Pineapple Cole Slaw. Bring your favorite dish to compliment the main items. If you have any questions, please call me at 801-721-7026. Ben

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Aloha Hui and Friends, The Hui will be paddling this Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 10 am to 2 pm. Pot luck menu is a Korean theme. Aunty Becki is making some Korean Pork Belly Lettuce wraps so bring something to go along with the theme or just bring some ono kine desert. If you have questions, call Ben at 801-721-7026. Mahalo!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015


The Hui will be paddling this Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 10 am to 2 pm. Pot luck lunch at 12 Noon. Main Menu is Chili and Hot Dogs. Mahalo, Ben

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Sorry Hui and Friends. We have decided to cancel our paddle session for this Saturday due to weather concerns (thunderstorms) forecast for this Saturday. Hopefully we can return to paddling the next 2 weekends, Saturday July 25, 2015 and August 1, 2015. Please check back on this blog site for definitive plans. Mahalo.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


HUI PAOAKALANI SCHEDULE: KUMU KALEO’S ALPHA DELTA KAPPA CONVENTION IN SLC Tuesday July 7th: • 5 pm Drive to GSL Marina to hitch trailer and haul wa’a to Grand America Hotel (Only Ben, Butch & Darren) • 7 pm – 9 pm Unload and rig canoe in courtyard. Trailer will remain at Grand America Hotel east parking lot. Hui Members Wednesday July 8th: • 10 am All available Hui Members, Meet at Grand America Hotel to help Kumu set up. PHA student will arrive by 10:30 am. • 11 am – 12 Noon Convention workshop; Kumu also wants a Hui table so we can sell t-shirts and answer questions. Both wa’a need to be removed from the hotel courtyard by 1:30 pm and loaded back on the trailer and returned to the marina to rig and launch. • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm All available Hui Members; Rig and launch wa’a at GSL Marina Thursday July 9th: • 10 am Shopping, pick up Ahi for Poke before 3 pm and drop off to Butch • 12 – 4 pm All available Hui Members: We need to move our 4 Men Canoe, Kumu Paoa, out of the Lokahi Exhibit. • 4 pm Lau Lau/ food prep (Larry and assigned group will make laulaus since we are only making about 100 or so small laulaus.) Everybody else can concentrate on their assigned foods Friday July 10th: • All Day Prep food as assigned • 3 pm Meet at GSL Marina to BBQ Chicken and set up • 5 pm Hawai’I group arrives at marina on a bus and will need to depart by 8:00 pm. SATURDAY JULY 11TH: NO PADDLE THIS WEEKEND. MENU: Laulau (Mini Laulaus with 1 bag luau leaves) Assigned: Larry assisted by assigned Hui members Poke 15 to 20 lbs. Assigned: Butch & Becki assisted by Ben, Kwan Ki etc. BBQ Chicken (30 lbs. of Korean Spicy Chicken) Assigned: Ben, Kwan Ki Rice (1 bag) Assigned: Larry’s Group Green Salad / Mango & Pineapple Cole Slaw Assigned: Shauna & Kawehi Cake / Desserts Assigned: Ben to order from Sam’s Club or Costco Plus Kawehi will make some cake. Water Melon Assigned: Ben to shop and pick up Water (Ice and water) Ben pick up at Sam’s Club PLEASE CALL BEN AU AT 801-721-7026 IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS.

Saturday, July 4, 2015


Aloha Hui and Friends, Today we will be paddling in the morning from 10 am to 12 Noon. After we have a pot luck lunch, we will be pulling both outrigger canoes out of the water and preparing them for Kumu Kaleo and the ALPHA DELTA KAPPA Convention for teachers which will be held in Salt Lake City at the Grand America Hotel next week. There will be no paddling next week as we host the Hawaii Chapter members attending the convention. If you have any questions, please contact us at our Hui Paoakalani email. Mahalo!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Saturday Afternoon Paddle: June 27, 2015 @ 5 PM

Aloha Hui and Friends; We will be at the Great Salt Lake Marina for an afternoon paddle on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 5 PM thru 7 or 8 PM depending on the turn out. We will also have our usual pot luck meal at dinner time. Mexican is the theme for our pot luck menu.Come join us if you can for paddling and you can stay to watch the sunset on the Great Salt Lake if you want. If you have questions, call Ben at 801-721-7026. Mahalo!!

Friday, June 19, 2015


Due to schedule conflicts, we will not be paddling this Saturday, June 20, 2015. Please check back next week for paddling information.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Aloha Hui and Friends. We will be at the Great Salt Lake Marina this Saturday, June 13, 2015 to paddle and barbecue. Come join in the fun and pot luck. We have grills for cooking and food to eat. If you have any questions, please email Ben at or call me at 801-721-7026. Mahalo!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

No Paddle May 16th

Rainy weather strikes again! We will not be paddling this Saturday May 16th. However, we are grateful for the extra water!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

No paddle May 9th

Due to a rainy weather forecast we will not be paddling Saturday May 9th.

Monday, April 20, 2015

No Paddle April 25th

All, we will not be paddling on April 25th due to activities going on at the Marina. They are scheduled to take more than 70 boats out of the Marina via crane Thursday and Friday and will most likely spill over into Saturday. We may just be the only ones able to get out of the marina by the end of the summer due to low water levels. Hoping for a good paddle season this summer!

Friday, February 27, 2015


It's that time again...Spring is less then a month away and Hui Paoakalani will be having our annual Spring Laulau and Poke sale. Please pre-order your laulau and poke by e-mailing the Hui at by March 18th. Mahalo for your support!!!