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Transpac “Fever”

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Aloha Celerity!

Another Transpac has come and gone….it will remain in the spirits of those who participated in the race, volunteered, or had it touch them in some way; if they are a sailor or water-lover of life here in these islands.

For those of you who aren’t sailors, here is a brief history of Transpac, which is the longest running sailboat race in the world. The former King David Kalakaua, of the Hawaiian monarchy, had conceived of the idea of a sailboat race to the islands. Sadly, the king passed away before the race ever became a reality but the idea had inspired some local sailors, who kept the idea alive. It wasn’t until, 1906 when the first race actually occurred. It starts near Long Beach, CA with the finish off the Diamond Head lighthouse & buoy; establishing a distance of 2,225 nautical miles; being held in odd numbered years.

This Transpac, I only had the opportunity to greet a  finishing boat once, due to work obligations. That was on Friday morning the 24th of July.

The morning of the 24th was a gorgeous Hawaiian day, plus it was Aloha Friday.  The Santa Cruz 37, “Celerity”, had come in 1st in Division 7 & 1st overall.  Way to go, Celerity!  It was time to get to the harbor to greet her and her crew. I had been following the race via the “Yellow Brick Road” app on my iPad (thank you Roy Disney and friends) and I could see “Celerity” was due in anytime at the Diamond Head buoy. It was just after 4:30 AM (normally I’m not awake this early but an escrow needed some serious attention too).  I packed up my backpack and off I went to Hawaii Yacht Club, where the welcoming party was awaiting her arrival.

Skipper/Owner Harry Zanville (center)

I arrived after “Celerity” had already pulled up to the Aloha Dock at HYC.  The festivities were in full swing. The camera crew from KHON-TV was on the scene, the families of the crew members were too, and an assorted group of sailors from Waikiki Yacht Club and Hawaii Yacht club as well. Of course, the committee people from Transpac Yacht Club wouldn’t miss this arrival either. We were all on hand to do what we do when a boat finishes Transpac—share the Aloha Spirit. What a great way to start Aloha Friday!

Female Crewmember

I feel why Transpac is such a special race, to the racers and us local sailors, is best summed up in the words of the winning Skipper/Owner—Harry Zanville, “I don’t race my boat on the mainland, I only race it here to Hawaii”. Needless to say, his excitement at their accomplishment was infectious. The crew’s camaraderie and sheer joy, at having achieved such a milestone was evident.

I think that sums it up for us local sailors here too. Why we get “Transpac Fever” as it is called, because we want to share the Aloha Spirit when they arrive. At whatever time they arrive, day or night. Anyone who has ever sailed past Diamond Head, seen that beautiful lighthouse, then crossed the Diamond Head buoy, into the blue waters off Waikiki. We become fast friends in the Spirit of Aloha and Transpac.

 

Ala Wai Harbor & Diamond Head

As the words to a very well known local song go, “Home in the islands…in the middle of the sea.” Pollyroger, signing off for now.

Polly Personification

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Well my friends, near and far—it’s been quite some time since our last writing.  Pollyroger needed to take a breather from her world-wind year of travels to be honest.  She’s now rested and ready to go out meet some new folks once again.  Since that is what Pollyroger thrives on is friendships… =)

Her “mom” got the opportunity to dress as a pirate for her company’s annual awards banquet a couple of weeks ago.  The event was held at the Halekulani Hotel (the only remaining 5 star property on Oahu) from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.  The invitation read “Attire- Pirate Bling”…oh if they only knew!!  So in broad daylight we invitees go strolling in our pirate bling costumes—what a hoot!  Talk about some looks from the hotel’s guests….

Polly Personified

The event was first class and FUN!!   Did we ever pick the right company to go to work for or what?!

But the fun didn’t end there, when “Polly” is getting out of her car in the parking garage where she lives, along comes a man and his little 3 or 4 year old daughter, just as Polly is getting out of the car.  “Arrghh, little girl” she says, “Would you like some goodies from me booty bag?!”  The little girl stares at her with eyes wide open in fear, Polly pulls a chocolate gold coin from her booty bag and hands it to the little girl.  The father asks, “Is that chocolate?”  “Arrgghh, yes it be!” Polly replies.  The little girl lights up with a grin from ear to ear as we step into the elevator together…she believes she’s met a real live pirate woman!! =)

Got FUN?!  You betcha….

Pirate Pillage

Lucky live Hawaii

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Henry Kapono & Reef

Aloha amigos!  Another week ahead and another one just gone by… 

I ended last week yesterday at a local institution known as Duke’s Restaurant in Waikiki.  It’s become an institution in many ways due to a local performer that has played there every Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m.; his name is Henry Kapono.  I’m not sure how many years he’s been playing at Duke’s but I would guess going on 10 years.  I first heard Henry back in the day when there were still “Crater Festivals” at Diamond Head Crater.  My brother who had gotten stationed in Hawaii back in 1971 “turned me on” to C & K, or as they were known then “Cecilo &  Kapono”.  They in my opinion modernized Hawaiian music in a way no one had until then. 

 They still play together on different occasions for different events such as the one recently to aid the victims of Japan’s tsunami disaster relief, held at the Hilton in Waikiki.  It was a pretty star studded line up from the likes of Michael McDonald, Mick Fleetwood, Willie Nelson, the list goes on and on–with Henry bringing his special mana to share in the aloha spirit for the people of Japan.  Henry has done many solo albums since his days with C&K, Michael McDonald has done several cuts with him on some of his work.  Henry’s newest album was just released about a month ago, it’s entitled simply, “Henry” it’s great!

I want to dedicate this post to a man who in my humble opinion is the true meaning of aloha.  He is a Hawaiian gem of an individual.  Here’s a picture of him with a little regular star these days, “Reef” who sings, “Don’t Worry About a Thing”, by Bob Marley, when his mom brings him down to Duke’s.  Henry has no problem with Reef stealing the spotlight for his one song, of course.  Because when you are at Duke’s on Sunday….well here is Henry singing it. 

 The song says it all…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIx-tcj7z94

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