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May 12, 2004






            The Keehi Lagoon Canoe Halau, named in memory of athlete/coach Gardner "Ka’aihue" Brown, will be dedicated this Saturday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at the Keehi Lagoon Beach Park. 


            The traditional Hawaiian blessing and dedication ceremony will begin with the arrival of a koa canoe and three fiberglass canoes transporting dancers from the John Keola Lake Halau to the water’s edge, where Kumu Lake and halau members will greet them.  The symbolic koa canoe will be the first to enter the new canoe halau. 


            Gardner “Ka’aihue” Brown’s daughter, Adele Ornellas, has arranged a beautiful Hawaiian ceremony on behalf of her family, which will include an appearance by Haunani Apoliona and other entertainers, and a beef stew lunch.


            Entertainer and radio personality Brickwood Galuteria will serve as emcee.


            This is the third in a series of canoe halau constructed by the City. Architect Bill Chang designed the open-air structure to include moss rock walls and an open-gate enclosure that incorporates an intricate and artful canoe paddle motif.


            Tiered canoe racks inside the structure can house 27 long canoes and 12 single person canoes/kayaks. An enclosed storage area to keep paddling equipment has been incorporated into the building design.


            The late Mr. Brown was the driving force behind Na Opio Canoe Associates, an association for keiki paddlers. He was also an advisor for the Kamehameha Schools’ Canoe Club and an active member and announcer for the Na ‘Ohana O Na Hui Wa’a Canoe Racing Association.


            Pohaku, a collection of stone sculpture pieces by artist Donald Jones, dedicates the canoe halau in memory of Gardner “Ka’aihue” Brown.


            Constructed by Ralph S. Inoue Company, Ltd., the $720,000 structure came in under budget and on time. Construction Manager was KFC Engineering Management.


            Three canoe halau have been constructed (Kailua, Maunalua Bay and Keehi Lagoon) and five more are moving into the construction phase (Waimanalo, Makaha, Pokai Bay, Ala Moana and Nanakuli). Three others are in various stages of planning (Haleiwa, Ala Wai and Kahaluu).











Wednesday, May 12, 2004

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