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`Apelila - April 1997 Volume 3 Issue 3

Kikaha O Ke Kai

Outrigger Canoe Club Blessing Ceremony

Mid way on I-5 in Washington State is where you will find the city of Federal Way, and if you find your way to the beautiful Steel Lake park, don't be surprise to see a Hawaiian outrigger canoe and club-members some Hawaiian and some "Hawaiian at Heart."

Photos by Wayne Derouin

On April 5, Kikaha O Ke Kai outrigger canoe club held their blessing ceremony on the beach of Browns Point Lighthouse Park, in Tacoma WA. Blessed along with the Kikaha O Ke Kai outrigger canoe, also was the year old Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club's canoe.

Other Washington State outrigger canoe club members, families and friends, joined in on the ceremonies, afterwards enjoying a full day of Hawaiian music, lots of good food (shoyu chicken plate lunches) and good company!! Attendance was estimated at about 600-700 people, with the canoes being blessed by Connie McCloud of the Puyallup First Nations, Iwalani Christian - Kumu Hula of Seattle WA, and Rocky K. Jensen - artist/historical illustrator and founder of Hale Naua III from the Big Island of Hawaii.

Washington State outrigger canoe races begin this summer - June 1 (Silver Lake In Everett) June 28 (Waterfront Park Siverdale) Aug 3 (Alki Beach Seattle) Aug 16 (Waterfront Park Siverdale) - If you would like more information contact any of the following clubs listed below.

Rocky K. Jensen - Hale Naua III Society of Hawaiian Arts

Hui Heihei Wa`a (360) 692-5032
Kikaha O Ke Kai (206) 874-5875
Hui Wa`a O` Waikinekona Club (206) 771-6692
Seattle Outrigger Canoe Club (206) 868-3721
Hui Wa`a O Puget Sound (206) 542-8030

Hula Halau Na Lei O Manu`akepa of Seattle WA
Iwalani Christian - Kumu Hula

research information from The News Tribune / Debbie Abe.

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