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Napili Canoe Club

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  • David Hayden 7 months ago
    It is interesting and strange that the history of Napili Canoe omitted a few of their most important accomplishments. Napili CC moved to Canoe Beach in 1979. The club had never been located at Mala. In 1980 I built, with my own money, Napili CC's first Hale. I cut down a few Kiawi trees and built a small shack in which to house paddles and other club equipment. I also installed a chin up bar and parallel bars which were used by both Lahaina CC and Kahana CC members as well as Napili's. Napili CC had 6 crews. Their logo was "Win or lose, we booze" Dougie Tihada, who became a wonderful friend of mine, as well did his brother Eugene, and Kimo Naha, Chad Baybayan, and Lance Morikawa all helped me build the club into a County Champion. In 1980 I told the Aloha/Ohana crew, a wonderful group of Hawaiian couples and the few paddlers we had that we would win the County Championship in 1981 if they did as I asked. I was named President and Head Coach for the 1981 season. We recruited 20 crews in 4 months, practiced all through winter and into spring and won the County Championship by 1 point. Prior to the 1982 season I was kicked out of the club for allegedly dealing cocaine---I know, a bizarre allegation at best. I took all of the women, some forty in all to Lahaina CC where I continued to build a women's long distance crew. Two months into the practice sessions in the 1982 season, Dougie approached me and apologized. He said that Napili CC was wrong to believe an obese Mexican nicknamed "Pineapple" and said that they understood why I left and asked that we return for 1983. We did just that and my long distance women went on to win every long distance race in the islands including winning the World Championship in Kona where we broke the record by almost 12 minutes and became the first women to beat Tahitian women in any race of any kind. The women continued on in subsequent years winning most of their races. I placed 18,000 lbs of concrete moorings to be used as anchors for permanent racing lanes in 1985. Kahana CC checked the new moorings with a builders transit (I had used one to set them in the first place) and found them to be seven feet off on a quarter mile course with 8 80 foot lanes. One can see why the World Champs and I are a bit chagrined by the failure of Napili CC's historian to mention six of their most productive years while lying about the club's location. Very strange to say the least. Any questions you can call me at 808-214-3343. Aloha!
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