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Continued Suspension of All Kai Opua Activities

— July 12, 2020 —

Aloha Kākou,

It is with heartfelt concern that we, the Board of Kai 'Ōpua Canoe Club have come to the decision to suspend all paddling activities of the club indefinitely.  As we are all anxious to get back to the ocean, and into the wa'a, the safety and welfare of our paddling 'ohana is our number one concern.  The Board of Directors have had constant discussions regarding mandates and proclamations that Hawaii State and County of Officials have put forth to our communities.  The very nature of paddling embraces our members as 'ohana in close contact.  The challenge is not just the safety of our paddlers, it is the safety of our extended 'ohana.  Our paddlers’ families and friends.  The potential of being exposed and not knowing it, bringing it to paddling, and/or taking it back to family, work or friends is too great a risk.

Under current CDC COVID-19 guidelines (physical distancing of not less than 6 feet, and limiting of groups to less than 35) the overwhelming logistics of tracking, sanitizing, distancing, and recording along with the sheer numbers of our paddling community, we simply cannot in any good conscious, re-start this month or any time soon.

The Board of Directors care for you as 'ohana.  We do understand that some may be feeling slightly ’adrift’ without a crew and want to reach out.  To also ask how can we maintain our 'ohana, how can we help you, and how can we help others understanding that we are all in this together. All ideas are welcome.  One way of staying connected is volunteering to kōkua with cleanup of Kamakahonu "corral" area and the halau starting soon monthly.  There will be limited gathering, and sign ups will be encouraged.

We continue to re-evaluate the ongoing ever changing situation of our Paddling Community, the State of Hawaii and the world faces today with this health concern.  Please look to your email, and the Kai 'Ōpua official website for updates as we receive them and navigate through this pandemic together.

We wish you all to stay safe and be well,

The President and the Board of Directors of Kai 'Ōpua Canoe Club

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