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Readers from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe…?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 23, 2012 by Laura_Greene

The calendar year is a year of two halves, where one is dominated by paddling and the other six months are palpably not.

You see, for us paddlers the sport is all-consuming. When the season is on, you eat, sleep, breathe and virtually live in the canoe. When you aren’t in it, you’re talking about it, nursing sore muscles and completely swept up in the paddling scene.

When the season ends, there is a big void to fill. Some take up one-man paddling, others turn to surfing and I’m pretty sure all of us manage to stay in the water one way or another.

In one respect, it’s good to have a break but you really miss those workouts. And those constant early mornings you swore you hated, well… you start to miss them. Just a little bit.

I’m so glad I took up surfing around the same time I started to paddle, I don’t know what I’d do with no water time and nothing to keep my shoulders in a semi-permanent state of ache.

On a completely unrelated note, it’s great to see that this blog has stormed past the 15,000 views that I was targeting by the end of 2012. I thank all of you for continuing to visit the site and of course, to all the accidental people who stumble across it, I hope you have a read while you’re here.

It’s funny to see which countries represent the largest amount of readers. The USA and UK are well up there in the leading spots but more surprisingly it’s funny to see visitors from further afield; Peru, Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands, weighing in with a lot of readers this year. Iraq, Zimbabwe and Azerbaijan, I can only assume they were lost… but you never know.

Thanks again for coming back to the blog, I really do appreciate it and I’m thinking I should update more…

Until next time, Laura

It’s been too long

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 29, 2011 by Laura_Greene

I have been in the boat almost as much as I have been blogging recently. Which is to say, unfortunately, not much.

But as 2012 approaches and I make my resolutions for the new year, paddling and blogging (much more) is at the forefront of my mind.

Myself and the girls managed to get out three or four times last month for recreational paddles. It was great and reinforced our desire to be back in the boat.

Speaking of boats, Lahaina Canoe Club had the good fortune to be donated a brand spanking new Bradley wa’a and it recently landed on these shores to be admired by all and to receive its blessing at Hanakao’o Beach.

Remember the rumors about Bengal tiger stripes? Well…

LCC's new canoe, from Makana Aloha


The new wa'a gets blessed on December 17, 2011

The boat was donated to LCC by the Makana Aloha Foundation – a foundation that was created in 2007 by husband and wife team JoRene and Gunars Valkirs, who are dedicated to supporting and improving the Maui Community.

Amazing people who really give back to the community and have given Lahaina Canoe Club a huge boost with the donation of this boat that will be primarily used for the club’s keiki crews.

It’s an incredible gesture and, I must say, a badass boat! Imua and huge mahalos, I’m sure, from anyone connected with LCC.

That’s all for now, thank you so much for your continued visits to my blog – readership continues to grow  and I couldn’t be happier!

I’ll be back soon with more and some details of my first forays into the world of one-man paddling as I attempt to go it alone on an OC-1.

Bye for now, Laura

2010 in review

Posted in Uncategorized on January 3, 2011 by Laura_Greene

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,900 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 64 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 219 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 245mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 13th with 104 views. The most popular post that day was Virginia and Amber – get well soon! .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for coffee poster, first place ribbon, imua lahaina imua, 1st place ribbon, and imualahainaimua.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Virginia and Amber – get well soon! May 2010


Quotes of the season October 2010


Preparing for our first race June 2010


Lazy? May 2010


Popping, gliding and finding our power April 2010

Ho Ho Hoe!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on December 20, 2010 by Laura_Greene

Christmas is almost upon us so, naturally, it’s time for Santa Claus to fill his sack with presents, gather up his reindeer and head to Canoe Beach to hop aboard a double-hulled canoe.

Most of Europe and the mainland United States may be covered with snow and experiencing major transport chaos (one look at the scenes in English newspapers confirming this) right now but here in Hawaii we’re still galavanting around in our bikinis and board shorts and loving it. Loving.It.

Santa's favoured mode of transport on Maui.

Somehow 2010 has rushed by and Christmas is but 5 days away, so as part of the annual festivities in Ka’anapali, Santa was getting ready to drop in ‘paddling-style’ at Hula Grill, Whalers Village. Who better to help than the paddlers of Lahaina Canoe Club?

Santa arrived at the beach, so I grabbed him for a photo op.

I hear that this has been a tradition at LCC for some time now and when I got down to Canoe Beach, our double-hull was looking fantastic (an excellent job from Spud and his helpers), we had lots of assembled elves  and even Mother Nature had done her bit – providing some wintery rain and choppy conditions.  By ‘wintery’ I mean grey skies and some (much-needed) rain, bikinis were still the outfit of choice with perhaps a Santa hat thrown in for good measure. English folk, I can hear you howling at me right now. Sorry!

Yoda, Santa's little helper...

With a lot of “Hut, ho ho ho’s” and many “Mele Kalikimaka’s”  us elves paddled Santa and his reindog down to Black Rock. This was actually a bit painful! We could only paddle on one side and sorry Santa but it was heavy having you on the canoe. The beach wasn’t as busy as normal due to the rain but the children who were there were beside themselves with excitement. I think a few adults were quite excited too.

On our way to Hula Grill. Pic courtesy Jules Arboleda.

We pulled the boat up onto the sand in front of Hula Grill in front of lots of waiting kids and quite a few flashing cameras. Santa went and did his thing and us elves. Well, we hit the bar…

Pulling up at Whalers Village. Pic courtesy Kip Marley Payne.

I’d like to mention Amy Schilt at this point – it was her last paddle with us for some time and it was great, so great to have her in the boat one last time. Amy’s military posting is taking her to Qatar after Christmas and I wish her all the best over there. Salaam Alaikum Amy, we miss you already and we can’t wait to have you back!

We'll miss you Amy!

After Santa had done his rounds at Hula Grill we launched the boat and headed back to Canoe Beach in the pouring rain. Our “ho, ho, ho’s” were echoing off the hotels and lots of people came out to take pictures of us paddling by. It was a great paddle and I’ll definitely be there next year. Thanks LCC, Santa and everyone else for the experience and Mele Kalikimaka/Merry Christmas to you all!

Just before I go I’d like to point out that Hoe means paddle in Hawaiian. Wouldn’t want the wit of my headline to be lost on anyone now would I…? Heh heh.

Aloha, many thanks for reading, Laura.

Stubbs and the ‘Mount Everest’

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2010 by Laura_Greene

It seems that Joe’s concoction is winning fans all over the place. For those who have not yet experienced the ‘Mount Everest’, courtesy of Mr Morgan, here’s the deal: you drink a shot of coconut rum, a shot of Stubb’s BBQ sauce, followed by a shot of beer. Sounds delicious right? Right…?

Anyone can simulate the feeling of conquering Everest with just three simple steps. Over to you Joe...

Born after one of our first regattas of the season, the unique beverage soon gained notoriety among the paddlers of Lahaina Canoe Club, who are not shy about their ability to put away a few bevvies. Little did we know, but Joe had created a legend in the making. Or created a monster, you decide.

Rum + Stubb's + Beer - how could you possibly say no?

Anyway, in my last post ‘Quotes of the Season’ the 3-shot drink got a mention. Some friends in London are hoping to start the trend off there (if they can find some Stubb’s in the supermarket) and it seems that Stubb’s Legendary Kitchen has also cottoned on to the regatta refreshment.

Where it all began...

It looks like someone from Stubb’s has posted on my last blog and what a great thing that would be! Especially if they’d like to sponsor our team (we could definitely help to promote their product after all). But perhaps it’s an impostor, masquerading as a Texan BBQ magnate. I mean, who doesn’t do that from time to time…

So, impostor or fan of Joe’s drink? Who knows, hopefully they’ll get in touch…

Aloha for now, thanks for reading, Laura.

Quotes of the season

Posted in Regatta Races 2010, Uncategorized with tags , , on October 5, 2010 by Laura_Greene

The season has been over for us girls for a few weeks now and my shoulders are very appreciative of the new-found rest they’ve been having. I have to say though, I really miss it. Yes, I’m even feeling nostalgic about getting up at 5:00am to bike to practice in the dark.

Recreational paddle has started up again and that will keep us addicts sated until training begins again next year. Especially during whale season, of which there will be plenty to come on these pages in the next few months…

But for now I’d like to reflect a little on the season gone by in the form of quotes! Little did they know but all season I was making mental notes of things my team-mates said and now’s the time to lift the lid. For every one I remembered I’m sure there were plenty more I missed, so please feel free to add your own. Mahalo, Laura.

“Girls. Well…you just have to ‘poop’ yourself out of the boat.” Spud, Women’s Coach, explains the intricacies of getting out of a huli’d canoe when the covers are on.

Jen: “What do you call a coup on a canoe?”

Joe: “A mutiny.”

Jen: “Well then, I call a mutiny.” Jenny almost jumps back into seat six to take the reins when Joe steers the girls’ boat.

“Now let’s puke on each other.” Eli and Cynthia decide to consummate their Latina camaraderie.

“I’m as delicate as a rose petal.” Mardy RayRay. Of course he is!

“Imagine you climb Everest for the first time. It’s the same kind of feeling.” Joe uses his best sales techniques to explain the joys of drinking coconut rum, followed by Stubb’s BBQ sauce, followed by beer. No, really…

“Micheraaaaaaa, I think I’ve broken my nose.” Laura (me) enjoys her first outing on an OC-1.

“Yeah, I sold 48.” Forest effortlessly sells an amazing 48 cards on his first day of fundraising.

“Have you started to grow breasts yet?” Svar, on Joe paddling with the Novice B girls.

“Shall I bless the boat?” Jefferson, who sweetly thought that wetting the rigging was a Hawaiian blessing!

“I think my nipple just fell off.” Molly’s Camelpak comes apart and Spud almost gets whiplash when he spins around after hearing Molly say this!

“Twiiist, Reeach, Powwwwer, Popppp, Timiiing!!” …all now firmly imprinted in our minds.

“I think I’m a little bit intoxicated.” No way Mardy, I don’t believe you.

“Paddles in the war-tah!” Jenny utters the infamous words in an English accent.

“The fun is about to end.” Coach Barry warns us about the impending training seasions.

“Can Lahaina Canoe Club send a representative to the official’s stand.” Something we heard a few too many times at regattas this year…

“Have you got some mascara, or a sharpie. I need to make myself look like Freddie Mercury.” Kenny, shortly before his transformation into the Queen frontman at Napili’s regatta.

“I want huevos. Steak and huevos.” Eli. Often.

“Get angry. Push yourselves. Rrrrat, rrrat, rrrat.” Arika encourages the girls from seat six on their successful Maliko Gulch race. You know, the one where we beat Napili’s Junior women and a few Masters’ teams!!

“I’m a local boy, give me a stick, a rock and some slippers and I’m good to go.” Mardy is a man of simple pleasures ;-)

“I’ll be there.” Vae, who literally, has been at Canoe Beach every day to help out, give encouragement and even cook our dinner!

“I’m stronger than I thought.” Adam’s Isagenix is obviously working, as he launches a tyre over a canoe without much effort.

“I would have to have a broken arm to stop paddling.” Jenny soldiers on in a long-distance race after breaking her finger. Nice one Jen!

“Paddling has changed my life.” Aviva. Myself and all the other girls could not agree more.



Wa’a watching ahead of the Pailolo Challenge

Posted in Long distance races 2010, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 18, 2010 by Laura_Greene

Today was the day for the Pailolo Challenge – a 26 mile race from D.T Flemings Beach Park on west Maui to Kaunakakai Pier, on the south side of neighboring island Molokai. I hear that racing downwind across this channel is an exhilarating experience and when you throw water changes and big swells into the equation, one that will definitely test your mettle as a paddler.

Unfortunately we didn’t have the numbers to put a women’s crew out there but next year hopefully that will be different. We do have a men’s crew though – the Open Men – a crew of nine who raced today. IMUA to all the Lahaina guys who took part, I hope you had a blast.

I’d heard that there were some interesting canoes up at Flemings Beach, so the night before the race I went up there to check things out…

This year's 'Open Spec' division allowed two Kamanu Composites boats to take part. These canoes were niiiice.

Kawainui, the boat in the foreground (above) and Kapa’a (below) both weigh in at under 200 pounds. When you consider that the fibreglass canoes that we use weigh 400, it’s a huge difference. It takes just two people to carry each one. They were both designed and made in 2010 by Kamanu Composites and it’s interesting to read on their website that they had just eight weeks to design and complete the two canoes. In their first race, the Pa’a ‘Eono Hoe from Molokai to Oahu, Kawainui paddled iron and took first place and Kapa’a, also iron, came in fourth. Not bad eh? And I hear that the Kapa’a is for sale. If it hasn’t been sold already, it goes for a cool $15,000…

Kapa'a. A pretty badass-looking V6, I think you'll agree...?

 I must admit to feeling envious of all the paddlers who were at the beach,  gearing up for Saturday’s race. Rigging the boats, talking about the adventure to come as you hydrate and prepare for a good night’s rest is all part of the preparation  for a race and as I walked around the beach, ogling everyone’s canoes I really wished I was going to paddle too. Oh well, next year!

Canoes pictured at D.T Flemings, the evening before the 2010 Pailolo Challenge.

As Napili's two Kawika's put the finishing touches to their canoe, the Hawaiian OC Voyaging Society walk their wa'a down to the beach.

The ‘non-traditional’ Open Spec division not only enabled V6’s like the two from Kamanu Composites (above) to take part but also this boat, the Malolo Nui. Seriously, if James Bond paddled, I reckon THIS would be the boat he would use. It was going to be paddled by Team Livestrong but that’s all I know at the moment. If anyone knows any information, please let me know!

Malolo Nui - it had a military look to it, kind've reminded me of a torpedo.

Check out those 'iakos - they slot right into the hull, in a similar way to an OC-1.

So, I did some boat admiring but that’s about as far as my involvement went this year. IMUA to all the teams involved, I hope you had a fantastic time, next year I hope to join you!

Mahalo for reading, Laura


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