Paddling Season runs from February to October. Practice times are Saturdays – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Other Na 'Opio events and activities occur year-round.
Na 'Opio 'o Ikuna Koa (the youth of Ikuna Koa) participate in both water and land training to prepare them to paddle competitively in local Outrigger Canoe regattas. They learn paddling techniques, water safety, the importance of teamwork, and to embrace the aloha spirit that surrounds the sport of Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Paddling and Racing. ... And, they have fun while doing it.
In addition to an Outrigger Canoe Paddling athletic program, Na 'Opio 'o Ikuna Koa is a youth Hawaiian cultural development and immersion program. Open to Hawaiians – and Hawaiians at heart – our goal is to help children understand that cultural practices and values remain relevant in today's modern world, to help them develop a sense of personal pride and belonging, and to help each child understand basic Hawaiian values, with an emphasis on:
As with the wa'a (canoe), our keiki (children) are taught to respect and care for their hoe (paddle). Hoe are carried blades up, are typically blessed before use, and are provided an inoa (name) by the child. The children are taught about the Hawaiian tradition of naming – and the importance of both the literal meaning, and the kaona (hidden meaning)… Just like in Hawaiian poetry, an allusion is considered more beautiful than a plain statement. The keiki enjoy naming their hoe and it's fun to watch what they come up with ... These are a few:
For more information about Ikuna Koa's Na 'Opio Program, please contact
Mei-Ling Marshall at 619-500-6562 or mei-ling@IkunaKoaOutriggerCanoeClub.com
A special mahalo nui loa to Na Makua (the Adults) of Ikuna Koa for their support of this Na 'Opio program.
Making a positive difference in the life of a child is no small thing.
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