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Honolulu Waldorf School Dedicates Two Canoes at Oceanfront Campus
Honolulu Waldorf School Dedicates Two Canoes at Oceanfront Campus

Information courtesy: Honolulu Waldorf School

Honolulu Waldorf School (HWS) and its athletes have had much to celebrate this year. In addition to celebrating its 50th anniversary, the school launched  its first-ever ILH canoe paddling team, thanks to the efforts and experience of long-time paddler and canoe coach Tambry Young.  For its first year, HWS leased practice canoes from North Shore Canoe Club, which were housed in space offered by Hui Nalo Canoe Club in Maunalua Bay Park. Maryknoll School generously loaned racing canoes to the team for the ILH canoe paddling season.
Now this K-12 school in East Honolulu has acquired two practice canoes of its own.  A canoe blessing and dedication will take place on Friday, May 11, at 5:00 p.m. at the High School campus in Aina Haina. The two Mālia boats are in the process of being refurbished and painted and will be used for the 2012-2013 school year and canoe paddling season. Honolulu Waldorf School senior and canoe paddler Alyssa Fa created the design that will be painted on both canoes.  HWS Athletic Director and High School math and P.E. teacher, Hillary Godwise, is excited about the prospect of holding paddling practices right off the high school’s oceanfront campus. “HWS will be the first school in the ILH to have direct access to the ocean from its own campus,” says Godwise.
The paddling program has been received with great enthusiasm by the whole school. Forty-five per cent of the students in grades 7-8 participate in ILH sports. Forty-six per cent of the students in grades 9-12 participate in ILH sports, and 28 per cent of those students paddled this season.
Coach Young is honored to be a part of the Honolulu Waldorf School canoe paddling program and adds, “HWS is taking a big step in perpetuating the sport of canoe paddling and in further developing its own athletic program.”  “All athletes have shown great dedication to HWS and their sport by participating this year in our athletic programs.   We are very proud of each one of them,” added Godwise.
The canoe dedication will be coupled with the school’s annual athletic awards banquet that honors students who have participated in the athletic program.  Dinner tickets can be purchased at the door for $15, $8 for children, ten and under. Parking is available in the school’s parking lot and in the Aina Haina neighborhood.Honolulu Waldorf School is "Celebrating 50 Years of Education for a Better World.”  Established in 1961, HWS is a coeducational, independent school serving more than 300 children from early childhood through high school. The original Nursery through Grade 8 school is on a monkey pod tree-shaded campus in Honolulu’s Niu Valley. The High School campus is on oceanfront property in nearby Aina Haina. Based on the educational insights of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, Waldorf education is the fastest-growing independent educational movement in the world, with more than 1,000 Waldorf schools on six continents.www.honoluluwaldorf.org

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