Hanalei Canoe Club celebrates 35 years of paddling and community involvement with a local style lu‘au and silent auction tomorrow. The lu‘au will be held at Hanalei Canoe Club hale off Weke Road, mauka of the Hanalei Pier. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. with the blowing of the conch and canoe rides on the Hanalei River.
The evening will feature fresh coconuts, shave ice, Hanalei Canoe Club logo wear sales, a silent auction and an ono dinner. This year’s entertainment includes The Root Generation, Minet Oliver, Kumu Naomi Yokotake’s Hula Halau O‘Hanalei and the Chandler-Hermosura brothers. A hula written and choreographed by Devin Forrest and performed by canoe club members will be in memory of Hanalei Canoe Club founder Kapeka Chandler. The event ends around 8:30 p.m. with a traditional fire dance.
Proceeds help the youth program participate in the state paddling championship races on O‘ahu, Aug. 2. Hanalei Canoe Club continues its mission to perpetuate this ancient sport and the Hawaiian Culture. The club provides programs for paddlers of all ages, and everyone has an opportunity to experience joy and success on the water.
Women’s coach, Kainoa Chandler Forrest, has been paddling and coaching since the canoe club was founded in 1973. Her strong leadership and paddling ethic continue a family legacy of commitment and responsibility; husband Skip is club president and men’s coach. Her daughter, Lilinoe, coaches the youth program.
Adult tickets are $35 and $15 for children 12 and under. Adult price at the gate are $40. Tickets are available from canoe club members or one of the following outlets: The Back Door, Hanalei Surf Company, Hanalei Liquor, Tahiti Nui and Pono Market. For more information call 639-4048.