Aloha everyone! Thank you for your likes and posts, it really helps. Great news for all the keiki paddlers on the west side of the Big Island: Maka Maka Paddle Co. will be hosting a writing competition for a brand new custom wooden outrigger paddle. There shall be two age groups: 9-10 & 11-12. Participants must write an essay describing why they want to race outrigger canoes. Participants will be judged by content, examples, grammar, and spelling. I think this is a great way to show my appreciation for being given the opportunity to run my company in one of the most beautiful places on earth. In the past, I taught school in Kona while racing outriggers and know all too well how important the racing clubs are to the keikis. Good luck to all participants! Competition will commence on April 1st.