Friday, October 15, 2010

Pull!

Aloha, Friend!




That's a BIG Ocean out there!




Way in the distance,
 there just beyond the horizon,
across the 41 mile wide Ka Iwi Channel,

is the Friendly Isle:

Molokai. 




Last Sunday's was the 57th organized modern


outrigger canoe race

between the islands of Oahu and Molokai.


 The Ka iwi Channel between them is regarded as one of the most treacherous spans of ocean on our globe.

 The Molokai Hoe (pronounced: 'HOY') canoe race is one of the longest running annual team sporting events
 in our Hawaii.


   The race perpetuates Hawaii's
 (and Polynesia's)
 most important and historic cultural traditions, 
even while welcoming outrigger canoe paddlers
from around the world!

 This supreme test of physical and mental limits,

 of strength, endurance, courage, &


 determination is,

most urgently,

a forge of teamwork

 as the paddlers confront the Earth's 


extreme

forces together.


 The winning team:
 Shell Va'a from Tahiti!




Check out this short video of canoes approaching Oahu.
That is the back of Diamond Head towards which they
PULL!





Hoe = Paddle. Hoe Wa`a! = Paddle the canoe!

18 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Was just reading how awesome Hawaii is in a book by one of the Red Hot chili Peppers. They worked on an album out there.

Jingle said...

your blue ocean color is elegant...
beautiful and colorful post.
have a fun weekend.

wenn said...

love the ocean n blue cloudy sky.

Lana Gramlich said...

Very cool. Later this month there's a wooden boat festival in our area. Last year there was a dragon boat race. I hope they do that again!

Cloudia said...

Cool!

thanks :)

kavita said...

Wish i had wings !You live in paradise Cloudia,lucky you !Aloha !

Brian Miller said...

nice. bet that was fun to watch. just an fyi, until i clicked ont eh post i could not see a place to comment on this one...

have a a wonderful weekend and aloha from va.

Windsmoke. said...

G' Day From Australia, I'm all for keeping historic cultural traditions alive and running no matter what they are or what country they belong to.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

A big aloha!

Akelamalu said...

WOW that canoe race looks scary!

Friko said...

Exciting!

Aloha, Cloudia

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

You've got me with this video.
And what a beautiful azure ocean!

ALOHA!
(hugs,xx,love, trust, friendship, love, life,...)
ALOHA!
Betty

the walking man said...

I'd co for the ride but you'd have to do the paddling sista'

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing post, darling!

Happy weekend to you!

xoxox,
CC

Hilary said...

Oh that looks like fun. I love the beautiful blue waves and swells of the water .. and your matching polished toes lol. :)

Grandma's scrapbook said...

Nice!I wish to you a pleasant rest of the evening, quiet and extent of your best wishes, happiness filled the next day

thekingpin68 said...

'That's a BIG Ocean out there!'

Fantastic blue.

Hawaii has very impressive water.

Gran said...

Whoa, what a wild ride that must be!