The PKO Bulletin Volume 4 Issue 4 June 23, 2021
Pale Kai officially reopened June 15, 2021, in concordance with state and county regulations. The team welcomes back all members, encouraging non-vaccinated and vaccinated members alike back to practice, and making accommodations for all. Please visit http://Palekai.org to sign your SCORA waiver and pay reduced dues. Participating members are eager to welcome home our missing teammates.
SCORA has approved 9-man races for Oceanside, August 21, 2021; Dana Point August 28, 2021; and Catalina September 11, 2021. In order to participate in these races, you need to come to practices Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Whether your practice has been limited to OC1s or some other personal workout outside of PKO, we encourage you to bring your strength and knowledge back to the club.Additional Events Planned in Ohana spirit include a paddle with our Dragon Boat brothers and sisters on July 31, 2021 in our OC6s. We are looking forward to one of our wonderful PKO Raffles & Luau, an event complete with food and hula dancers, open to the public, so don't forget to mark your calendar for this event and bring your friends and family out for a day at beautiful Avila Beach.
Dog Beach Oct 2, 2021 Kim Lillywhite, our club's sponsorship/fundraiser volunteer is working on a special day of hosting a couple local SCORA teams, Santa Barbara and Ventura, for a dog day of comradery and racing. Be sure to save this date and fluff your pup up for the event.
From members who have been paddling, to those who have not, we miss you want you back on the water making that catch in synchronicity with your Ohana family! We also look forward to the time when we can recruit novices, and participate in a full race season.
On behalf of PKO communications, Mahalo! Tracy Lukehart
A Note From the Coaches
"It has been a long journey through the pandemic. After months of not being able to paddle in our OC6 canoes, we are finally back in them on the water. Attendance numbers at our practices continue to increase and our workouts are slowly ramping up. A few SCORA races have been held and several more are scheduled. I believe that we are in the midst of a revitalization of outrigger canoe paddling with next season being bigger and better than ever.
Although we are not currently back to normal season member numbers, we are seeing a steady increase in interest by prior members to re-join our club. I am confident that our membership will continue to grow steadily over the next few months. The coaches are eager to welcome back paddlers that would like to re-join our club and get reacquainted with the joys of outrigger paddling again. It's not too late to re-join.
The future of outrigger paddling looks bright, not only for PKO but for the sport as a whole. I look forward to continuing to work with the other members of the coaching staff to provide a safe, challenging, and fun experience for all club members.
See you on the water!"
PKO Head Coach
“While facing unique pandemic challenges our board and coaching staff have worked diligently to provide a safe and dynamic experience for all of our members. We are very excited to continue to welcome members as our program evolves. his season I am especially grateful to John S. for his partnership and to our members for their commitment and enthusiasm."
PKO Women's Coach