Off season paddling 

The last week has been warmer than usual for January. The wind has been coming from the south which has led to heavy vog over the island but beautiful conditions on the water. I love paddling when the winds are kona because the water is so clear and flat. The vog from Kilauea also enhances the sunsets. Here are photos from the past few days of paddling.

Diamond Head at dusk on Friday (photo Moto X)

Diamond Head Sunday morning (photo Moto X)

Fresh fish for lunch after Sunday’s paddle(photo iPhone 6)

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Saturday Sunday Monday

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.

May weekend

Saturday was Free Comic Book Day and it was the library’s third year of participation in the giveaway program. I ordered 150 comics this year, paid for by grant money from the Friends of the Library, and only 7 were left at the end of the day. This year 4 cosplayers volunteered their time and did a 2 hour appearance at Waikiki-Kapahulu.

Comics before and after the giveaway.
Photo ops were popular with all ages.

I went to the wifey’s open house on Sunday it’s located on the ridge above the valley we live in so I was curious to see the views from up there.

Here’s a view into my valley from the wifey’s open house my home could not be seen from the vantage point it is deeper in the valley going right.
Million dollar view from the ridge looking directly south at Diamond Head crater.
Looking south southwest at Waikiki skyline.

My Sundays

I have been fortunate to spend my Sunday’s on the water this year with a great number of paddlers. I have had some of my best water time in March and April and even participated in two pre-season races. So as May continues I’m going to enjoy the last few weeks of pre-season before the grind of regatta begins.

Ala Moana Bowls, Rockpiles, and Kaiser’s

Sheraton Waikiki and Pops

Bowls and the Rainbow Tower