Rigging the ‘Iako to the Ama

  1. Stretch out the rope
  2. Place a rubber pad between the ‘iako and the ama
  3. Position the ‘iako on the ama
  4. Tie one end of the rope to the ‘iako
  5. Thread the rope through the outside hole from the side of the ama facing away from the canoe
  6. Bring the rope over the ‘iako
  7. Thread the rope through the inside hole from the side of the ama facing away from the canoe
  8. Pull the rope tight and make sure the rope lays flat on the ‘iako and does not ride up the peg
  9. Repeat steps 5 through 8 until there are at least 5 rows of rope criss-crossing the ‘iako
  10. Wrap the rope tightly around the base of where the ‘iako touches the ama at least 3 times
  11. Keep the rope in rows: one on top of the other
  12. Untie the end of the rope that was tied around the ‘iako
  13. Make a large loop with that end of the rope that lays flat against the ‘iako
  14. Wrap this loop you just made with the longer end of the rope going around and around the i’ako
  15. Leave at least 4-6 inches of the end of the loop exposed
  16. Also leave the top of the loop exposed
  17. Tie a large knot with the end of the rope you have used for wrapping
  18. Push the knot through the top of the exposed loop
  19. Pull the end the the loop to bring the knot to the top of the rope wrapping
  20. Make sure you don’t pull the knot inside the rope wrapping
  21. Tie the excess end of the rope around a peg

After Practice

After your canoe returns to the 9th Street Boat Ramp,

  1. Your Steersperson will invite you to express your Mahalo for a safe return after practice
  2. The Steersperson will tell each paddler when to exit the canoe
  3. At least one paddler should stay with the canoe
  4. 1 or 2 paddlers from the first canoe to reach the boat ramp should unlock the bumper and cart
  5. Assist your crew in bringing your canoe up (you may be asked to help other crews bring up their canoes)
    • Roll the canoe on the bumper
    • While maintaining social distance, lift the canoe from the end towards the boat ramp
    • While the end is lifted, someone places the cart under the canoe (about mid-ama; depending on the canoe, between the “R” and “C”)
    • Two people lift the ama
    • Push the canoe forward
  6. Put the PFDs, huli rope, safety bucket, and running lights (if used) back in the shed
  7. If you borrowed a club paddle, please rinse it and place it back in the shed
  8. In conformity with our COVID-19 Protocol, only remove your own paddle from the canoe
  9. Gather in a large circle while maintaining social distance
  10. Any final notes, reminders, or announcements are given
  11. Our Club Oli is chanted
  12. On some days, this may be followed by work party on the club site

How to Pronounce Words in Hawaiian (‘Ōlelo Hawai’i)

A“ah” like “Car”
E“eh” like “Met”
I“ee” like “Feet”
O“oh” like “Hole”
U“oo” like “Boot”
AE“ah-eh” like “Wyatt”
AI“ah-ee” like “Bike”
AO“ah-oh” like “Cow”
AU“ah-oo” like “Out”
EI“eh-ee” like “Babe”
IU“ee-oo” like “Few”
OI“oh-ee” like “Toy”
OU“oh-oo” like “Row”
In general…
If a word begins with “W” or if it follows “U” or “O”, it is frequently, but not always, pronounced as in “Water” (e.g. Wailuku – Wahyee-loo-koo).

If “W” follows “I” or “E”, it is usually pronounced as “V” as in “Valor”.
(e.g. Ewa Beach — Eh-vah)

If “W” follows “A”, it might be pronounced as “V” or “W”.
(e.g. Lawa — Lah-vah;
Makawao — Mah-kah-wow)
The ‘okina, which is often written with an apostrophe (‘), signifies a glottal stop. The ‘okina breaks-up vowels, so they don’t become diphthongs. It is almost like there are semicolons in the middle of words which separate syllables. The ‘okina can totally change the meaning of a word.
(e.g. Lānaʻi — Lah-nah-ee = Name of Island off the coast of Maui;
Lānai — Lah-naee = Porch or balcony;
Ka’i –Kah-ee = To coach, train, march;
Kai = Kaee = Saltwater, ocean water)
The kahako is a macron which is written as a line above certain vowels that indicates a vowel that is held creating a stress in the pronunciation of a word. (e.g. Haleakalā – Ha-le-a-ka-LA)

Roles of Paddlers in the Canoe

Seat #1Stroker (Mua) who sets the pace for the rest of the paddlers
Seat #2Second Stroker who follows the pace set by Seat #1 and is followed by Seat #4
Seat #3Part of the Engine Room and is usually also the Caller who does the kāhea (i.e. calls the changes)
Seat #4Part of the Engine Room who helps to move the canoe
Seat #5Part of the Engine Room and backup Steersperson
Seat #6Steersperson (Ho’okele)

Practice Drills

Put more pressure on each stroke; paddle at 90-95% power. A normal or regular paddling power is around 80-85%.

During practices, this drill is usually followed by a number which indicates for how many changes you are to paddle at 90-95% power.

For example, “Power Two” means paddle at 90-95% power for the next 2 changes. “Power 4” means you put increased pressure on each stroke for the next 4 changes.

2 Power, 1 Eighty
Paddle at 90-95% power for 2 changes, then paddle at 80% power for 1 change. Repeat.

Power on the Changes (Hit the Changes)
The first 3 strokes of each change are done at 90-95% power.

5 by 5
The first 5 strokes on the next 5 changes are at 90-95% power.

Hit Drills
All paddlers start with paddles positioned above the water (i.e. Paddles Up position). When the Steersperson says, “Hit,” take one stroke, return to the Paddles Up position, and hold.

A variation of this drill is starting towards the back as if you have just completed a stroke and have taken the paddle out of the water at the start of the Recovery.

Another variation is starting with your paddle in the water up front at the start of the Catch.

Silent Changes
Since only one paddler is switching sides at a time, this drill helps you become more aware that sometimes the canoe slows down after a change because the time or pressure are off. Since immediately after a change you will be paddling briefly on the same side as the person behind you (possibly, except for Seat #5), you have to focus on maintaining your timing.

– The Stroker in Seat #1 counts to 13 silently then changes sides after the 13th stroke.
– The paddler in Seat #2 takes a couple strokes on the same side as the Stroker then switches sides.
– Seat #3 takes a couple strokes on the same side as Seat #2 then switches sides.
– Seat #4 takes a couple strokes on the same side as Seat #3 then switches sides.
– Seat #5 takes a couple strokes on the same side as Seat #4 then switches sides.

3 Stroke, 3 Stroke
Take 3 strokes, then switch sides immediately. The intent of this drill is to help you maintain your power and pace after a change.

– 3 strokes, change
– 3 strokes, change
– 3 strokes, change, etc.