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CALDWELL JOINS BLESSING OF ALA MOANA CANOE HALAU PROJECT

(Thurs., Sept. 16, 2010)—Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell joined Olympic Gold Medalist Jason Lezak and Hawaiian canoe paddling and racing enthusiasts at Ala Moana Beach Park today for the blessing of a new canoe halau construction project.

            “Canoe paddling is a wonderful sport that requires skill, teamwork and discipline, and this canoe halau will be a great addition to Ala Moana Beach Park,” Caldwell said. “This facility will provide a safe place to store canoes, while enhancing the park’s Hawaiian sense of place.”

            Canoe halau enable paddlers to keep their canoes and equipment shielded from the elements, theft and vandalism. The City has constructed similar halau at Nanakuli, Pokai Bay, Makaha, Keehi Lagoon, Maunalua Bay, Waimanalo and Kailua.

The Ala Moana Beach Park canoe halau will be located at the Diamond Head end of the park, across from the canoe launch ramp. The facility will have room to store approximately 27 canoes and will include utility and storage rooms.

            The project is expected to be completed by the spring of 2011.

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Media contact: Johnny Brannon, Mayor’s Office, 768-5767