Out and about

Activities include:

Comics read
Amazing Spider-Man: 101
X-Factor: 25
Fantastic Four: 257
Incredible Hulk: 181
Justice League: 43, 44

Work related
I volunteered at the annual Friends of the Library booksale on Monday the 20th. A first for me and a return to the sale after close to 20 years. The school cafeteria where it is held was just as warm as I remember it and the heat took a toll on me because I was done at the end of my day. 

Paddling
On Sunday the 19th, Father’s Day, I got a sweet present from my family who spent the day with me at Nanakuli Beach the site of my third regatta race. Nanakuli is one my favorite places to race the water is so blue and clear and the start is just beyond the shorebreak so its a fast out, three turns, and back in sprint. I’m glad my family had a good time out there they really enjoyed the water. My crew did not do well again because our turns are slower than the other teams, this is where the other boats gain on us. 

My view of the race I snuck a camera on the boat and snapped this pic at the starting line.
Green flag means go Novice A crew! Thanks for the photo Dr. Pete Caldwell.


I did not attend a single practice this past week, I’m already afraid of the pain this coming Monday. No canoe race for me on Sunday the 26th because my wife has a luncheon planned.

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Saturday

I went to a high school graduation for the first time in years this last weekend, well sort of. I was one of dozens of Junior parents who helped clean up the graduation site after the ceremony was done. Many hands made fast work and then the wifey and I assisted with check-in for the grad night party. The boy is going to be a Senior come August and the girl will be a Freshman. This past weekend was a little preview for what’s going to happen next June. This past school year was a successful one I felt for both my kids. The boy did a big school production and was involved in several smaller ones, he finally did a varsity sport and I particularly enjoyed going to his meets. The girl did her second year of middle school sports and she picked up the guitar at the end of the school year. The boy did well academically again and he even got a girlfriend. The girl not so strong in school like her brother but socially she’s fine with a core group of friends.

Graduation night chaos.

Sunday

First regatta race of the summer season at Keehi and my Novice A crew was the first to paddle and race in the club’s newly restored koa canoe. It was a great honor and I felt so proud to race in our canoe and not have to borrow one from another club. My crew finished fifth out of nine boats entered in our division and our time of 8m 17.5s was okay but I think we can improve on that and distance ourselves further from the pack. This is definitely the biggest and strongest crew I’ve been on and I hope we only improve, I feel really good about our chances of racing in the July 4th MacFarlane Invitational and the State Championships in August.

Rigging the newly restored Ka’ala, lashing the iako to the canoe.

Lashing the ama to the iako.

The Ka’ala’s first race in several years.

Monday

In reaction to last summer’s record breaking heat we had air conditioning installed at home on Monday and we even got to use it a little that night. The AC installer and electricians were working at the house for most of the day but after they left, in the late afternoon, I had a chance to walk the Boston at the beach and even shoot a little house porn.

Anuenue’s koa canoe

This morning at 5:45 am some members of the canoe club were down at Keehi Lagoon assisting with the water lining of the club’s koa canoe Ka’ala. The koa has been in the shop being restored since 2013 when I joined the club. The restoration in my eyes is outstanding I have learned that the canoe was lengthened by 3 feet and sections of the canoe that had been damaged or worn were replaced. I did not know what water lining a canoe meant so I made the effort to get to the lagoon at the crack of dawn on a Sunday. OHCRA officials were present to weigh the koa, 437 lbs., and to measure its length, 44 feet + a few inches. The koa was then put into the water and loaded with 1500 lbs. of lead. Two officials with chalk then went from bow to stern tracing the actual water line of the canoe at predetermined spots. Apparently the canoe must meet a specific level of buoyancy at the bow, middle, and stern of the boat. The canoe passed specs so I assume it’s ready to race this upcoming regatta season. This morning was a great learning experience for me and made me appreciate this sport that is such a big part of my life now.

Ka’ala

Ka’ala’s nose

Ka’ala’s butt

Water line measurements