This summer many HPU students
returned home to visit family and friends. Some students took
summer classes, and some worked. Others took advantage of O‘ahu’s
beautiful beaches and the summer sun. Myrna Resep, an HPU nursing
major, went canoe racing with ‘Alapa Hoe Canoe Club.
Resep, born and raised on the island of O‘ahu, has been
paddling for more than 15 years. Resep’s interest in canoe
racing started when her cousins and friends invited her to Nanakuli
Beach Park to paddle with Leeward Kai Canoe Club. She has grown
to love the sport, which has helped her succeed as a student.
In canoe racing, one learns the true meaning of teamwork and
dedication,” Resep said. “Schoolwork is stressful
. . . paddling helps me relieve my stress, and it keeps me in
shape and focused on my studies here at HPU,” Resep said.
Since paddling with Leeward Kai, Resep has paddled with a number
of canoe clubs from both the Na ‘Ohana O Na Hui Wa‘a
Association and the O‘ahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association
(OHCRA), including Na Keiki O Kamo‘i, Healani, and her
current club Alapa Hoe. However, Resep, said, she gained most
of her paddling experience with Na Keiki O Kamo‘i, located
on the beautiful Poka‘i Bay on the leeward coast of O‘ahu,
where she acknowledges a strong cultural imperative to the sport.
Paddling helps me to not only maintain a healthy lifestyle, but
it’s a sport that my ancestors used as part of their daily
lifestyle as well. So it keeps me in touch with them,” Resep
According to Harold Yost in The Outrigger, Alexander Hume Ford
founded the Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Club in May, 1908 on an
acre and a half of land and lagoon between the Seaside (now Royal
Hawaiian) and Moana hotels in Waikiki.
Yost wrote that “Ford, perceiving that residences and hotels
were occupying the whole beach, felt the art of surfboard riding
was dying out,…so he and a few friends leased the property
from the Queen Emma Estate, with the guarantee that “the
property should be used only for the purpose of preserving surfing
on boards and in outrigger canoes.”
Almost 100 years later, the sports Ford loved are so popular
that thousands of canoe-racing fanatics flock to island beaches
today to train, compete, and play.
Resep herself is currently training for the long distance season,
which will include the Queen Lili‘uokalani Race held in
Kona, on the Big Island, and she hopes to paddle the Moloka‘i
Channel this year or next.
Visit OHCRA.com for more information about canoe racing or paddling.