The Aquatic Center in Mountain View's Shoreline Park is hosting Ho’oku’i (Hawaiian for "to join together”), the Bay Area's newest outrigger canoe club, giving Silicon Valley residents and area workers a special opportunity to witness up close, and participate in, an exhilarating sport with deep cultural roots.
As the only place in the lower Peninsula/upper South Bay area with an outrigger canoe club,
Shoreline visitors will see a visual treat of a six-person outrigger crew driving a 400 pound, 45-foot long, 20-24 inch wide sleek canoe, by paddling at 64-68 strokes per minute as one powerful and gracefully precise unit. In addition the Aquatic Center and Ho’oku’i Club are ensuring the public can take part.
Although free, monthly Community Days (initially March 31st & April 28th, from 10am-2pm, with additional dates posted shortly) include seminars and hands-on outrigger action on the Lake, to encourage membership, practice times are on Saturdays (from 8-11am) up until the racing season begins, and after April 1st will then shift to 5:30pm-7:30pm (Monday-Thursday) through the end of July.
This newest addition to Shoreline's watersports lineup provides locals with something truly different, meshing well with Shoreline's ongoing efforts to provide kids and adults with access to unique activities and experiences in Silicon Valley. Given how much excitement both adults and kids generate for this ancient and thrilling sport -- especially kids (keikis) -- along with staying active and working as a team, the addition of Ho’oku’i Club allows for competing at the local and international level, making it a fit with Shoreline's racing scene.