This oli (chant) was composed by Uncle Lloyd and chanted at the end of practices and before races.
One with the Earth
One with the Heavens
One with BOCC
I’i Ke Kuakahi
All Together Now
Usually, we would all put our hands together while chanting the oli and lift them as we say, “Hu!” However, as part of our COVID-19 Protocol, we stand 6 feet apart in a circle and throw a shaka out out towards the middle.
The club motto of BOCC is Hui Kakou which means, “All Together.” It expresses what we do on the water and who were are as a club. As paddlers, we must work as a cohesive crew; each Seat has an important role to contribute in helping to reach our destination. To make our canoe move most effectively, we must all pull as one. Whether we are paddling on flat, glassy water or through churning eddies against wind, waves, and current, we will accomplish our goals together. As BOCC members, this mentality carries through to the aloha we extend to our BOCC ohana. In working, in living, in paddling together, we all have a kuleana, a responsibility to care for our communities, the beautiful environment and wildlife we get to enjoy from the canoe, and to future generations to whom we have the privilege to pass on the traditions, culture, and sport of outrigger canoe paddling.