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Eat Well And Restore A Canoe

Although it used to race at top speeds, the ‘Uhanepanoakalani canoe rarely sees the water these days.

Reney Ching with the ‘Uhane

In order to refurbish Hui Nalu Canoe Club’s koa canoe and get it back to racing speeds, the Hawaii Kai-based club will have a Wine Tasting Fundraiser from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at 3660 On The Rise.

“The life of any canoe is in the ocean,” said Reney Ching, a long- time Hui Nalu coach and the current vice president who is spearheading the fundraising effort. “(The

Uhane) is built to race, and it is a fine canoe, but it’s at a stage now … where it needs to be updated.”

Canoe designs have changed over the years ― and Ching explained that the ‘Uhane is no longer as competitive as it once was. “Our goal is to raise enough funds to be able to revitalize and refurbish this canoe that we have had since the 1980s,” Ching explained, adding that the boat has not been able to race for more than five years.

“The canoe will be refurbished to get it up to prime racing condition,” she said, which includes lengthening and strengthening the canoe.

The group estimates that getting the ‘Uhane up to speed will cost about $40,000.

“The koa canoe is such an incredible, spiritual part of our club,” Ching said.

Event tickets cost $125. Call Hui Nalu at 779-9513 or 265-2981.

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