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Ali’i: Chief, chiefess, ruler, monarch and royalty

Ikaika: Strong, powerful, sturdy, strength, might and force

Lanakila: Victory, victorious, triumph, win, overcome and prevail (Named by Julia Medeiros, mother of Sam Medeiros)

Kila Kila: Majestic, tall, strong, imposing and handsome (Named by Sam Medeiros)

Lokahi: Unity, unison, harmony, agreement and coming together as one (Named by Sam Medeiros)

Ke Ala Pono: Path of righteousness (Named by Kumu Shawna Ngum Alapa’i)

Mana Pewili: Spirit of Beverly

Mana Kapalakiko: Spirit of San Francisco

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Updated Aug 7, 2014:

Wayfinding Pua Case

Voyaging and Wayfinding Traditions – An opportunity to learn, experience and live the traditions of the ancestors. 

Hosted by the NCOCA

When: Sunday August 17, 2014

Presidents – An opportunity presented itself and we moved quickly to bring it to our NCOCA ohana.  Kumu Pua Case will be in the San Francisco Bay Area in two week time.  Kuma and I first met when the vaka arrived on our shores in August 2012.  Kumu is well renowned in Hawaii for her knowledge, traditions and protocol on Hawaiian voyaging.  Recently she presided over the departure protocols for Hokule’a and Hikianalia as they departed for their 3 year journey around the world this past May.  With the help of Kumu Kau’i Peralto, we promised the other that soon we will meet and learn more about our voyaging traditions. 

That time will be Sunday August 17th in the Bay Area at 2 locations:

Location/Session 1: Kilohana OCC Practice Site @ Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Pkwy, Redwood City, 94063
Time: 9am to 12pm

Location/Session 2: Tamalpais OCC Practice Site @ Fort Baker Sausalito (Presidio Yacht Club)
Time: 2pm to 3pm (attendees are welcome to arrive at 12pm to 2pm and participate in an outrigger rigging contest)

Who to contact: Bernie Bernal, 925.337.4558

Donations will be accepted to support our guest speakers.

I would like to thank Kumu Kau’i for making this work and organizing Kumu Pua’s time.  Kumu Kau’i has been a strong supporter of the NCOCA…teaching and educating local clubs of our Hawaiian heritage as well as myself.  I would also like to thank Tamalpais OCC for helping to make this happen and share this event at their Fort Baker practice site so that the north bay clubs can participate closer to home.  We are also opening this event up to local halau.  Please feel free to pass this even to friends and family as all can benefit.  We are asking for donations to help offset the costs for Kumu.

I hope you can find the time to join us and participate in living the traditions.  Nainoa Thompson, Pacific Voyagers and original Hokule’a crew member, said “that its not enough to read about our heritage as its destined to be lost forever…we must voyage and sail to ensure it is not lost or forgotten.  This we must do this now.”

Feel free to contact me for additional information.

925.337.4558 iPhone




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Board of Directors

Founder/President: Sam Medeiros

Founder: Kuulei Medeiros

Emeritus Board: Mark Howe

Vice-President: Sabri Zidan

Treasurer: Pua Bredahl

Secretary: Corinne Kelly

Sgt at Arms/Emeritus Board: Phil Dermond

Race Secretary: Roxanne Alvarez

Public Relations: Derek O’Connell

Board Member at Large: Jack Burns

Board Member at Large: John George

Board Member at Large: Gloria Lambert

Board Member at Large: Amy O’Connell


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2014 Practice Schedule

Long Distance practice:

Keiki division:

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 4pm – 6pm

Open and Novice divisions:

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6pm – 8:45pm

*** There will not be Saturday practices until after August 9th. Stay tuned for updates.

Recreational paddling will take place on Saturdays from 9am – 11am. Please stay tuned for the starting date of rec paddling. We are aiming for August 30th to be the start of rec paddling at this time. Check back later for updated information. (Recreational paddling consists of paddling downtown, 1.5 miles, having a light breakfast, and paddling back. Please bring cash with you as some of the cafes do not accept debit cards).

2014 Lokahi waiver

*** Please print and fill out these waivers and bring it with you to the marina. Mahalo ***



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Lokahi Outrigger Canoe Club is a member of the Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association (NCOCA). The NCOCA is a member of the International Polynesian Canoe Federation (IPCF), Pacific Outrigger Canoe Association and the Pacific Islanders’ Cultural Association (PICA).

Lokahi Outrigger Canoe Club was founded in 1992 and provides recreational and competitive paddling experiences for people of all ages living in the North Bay. Club activities include the summer sprint race season and a number of long distance races throughout Northern California. Lokahi also fields crews which participate in nationally competitive long distance races on the mainland and in Hawaii. The club presents a cultural experience of outrigger canoe paddling with exposure to Hawaiian song and dance and other elements of Hawaiian culture.

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Lokahi Outrigger Canoe Club of Sonoma County. A Member of the Northern California Outrigger Canoe Association.

Established in 1992 –
June 12th, 1992 the first known outrigger canoe was launched in the Petaluma river. The twelve founding members wanted the purpose of this Hawaiian outrigger canoe club to organize, encourage and promote Hawaiian ways through cultural interaction with community awareness built around health, fitness, sportsmanship, recreation and to perpetuate the Hawaiian ” Aloha Spirit”.

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