Coconut Wireless – 2018 Season Kickoff


Everyone is welcome! You’re all invited!

  • Date : Sunday, April 29, 2018
  • Time : 11am – 1pm
  • Location : 101 Surf Sports, San Rafael
  • Food : Main dish provided. Potluck for sides, salads, drinks, snacks, desserts. Please bring to share!
  • Entertainment : Live music!

PLEASE RSVP: Also invite friends and family to come celebrate with us!

Recreational Paddling Returns

Thanks to everyone who responded to our survey last month. It looks like we have quite a few paddlers interested in recreational paddling, so we’ve added to the schedule weekly rec paddle sessions at:

  • Petaluma site (Foundry Wharf) – Tuesday evenings at 6pm, tide dependent.
  • San Rafael site (101 Surf Sports) – Saturday mornings at 11am

Please note that rec paddle sessions are dependent on the number of signups on Teamstuff. Please use Teamstuff to mark your intent at least a 24 hours before the session, otherwise it may be cancelled. If you’re not a paid member and want to drop-in for a rec paddle, please contact us at and we’ll get you signed up.

For the full practice and race schedule, please check out the club calendar –

Race Season Begins in May

We’re less than a month away from our first long distance race! Our race season officially starts with the Viva Aloha in Alameda on May 12th, followed by Monterey Hoe Wa’a on May 26th. Some paddlers have also expressed interest in going to SoCal for Rig Run in Santa Barbara on May 19th. Go He’e Nalu!

If you’d like to race in any of these events, please mark your intent in Teamstuff as “Going” for the event(s). Please set your intent inTeamstuff at least 2 weeks before race date so coaches have time to set crews and plan logistics. Once crews are set, your coaches will let you know further details about the race.

Stay Up-to-Date on the Members Site

Most of you who are paid members should have an account now on the He’e Nalu Members Site – This season, we plan on using the member site as our online hub for announcements, club documents, policy & procedure manual, training related videos, references and tips. There’s also a training log too built in to help you track your miles and time trials over the course of the season. All these resources are there permanently for you to take advantage of – like it’s 2018!

If you have any questions about the member site, or how to find/use a specific feature, please let us know at We want to keep improving this online resource to make it work for everyone.

Volunteer Committee Sign-ups

Now that the season is under way, it’s time to check-in so we can check-off some to-do items on our list. Aside from our love for paddling, we know that our ohana is full of other talents and stoke — and we need your help!

If you are interested in sharing your talents and time with the club, we’re always looking for volunteers. Please check out this short list of committees and let us know what you’re interested in and we’ll make it happen –

Your help is needed to make this season extra fun and running smoothly. Thank you in advance, we greatly appreciate it!

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

And a special shout out and thanks to Sports Basement for supporting He’e Nalu OCC as a League Partner. As a partner in this program, Sports Basement supported us with a 20% discount to kick off our season. Sports Basement has also made a generous donation towards our raffle prizes for our Round the Rock event. Aloha!

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Aloha Friday!

Happy Aloha Friday! A quick reminder to please pay your membership dues at our Online Store, or you can also give a check to a board member.

On to a very exciting announcement – Sports Basement is generously supporting He’e Nalu this season as a League Partner! To celebrate the kick-off to our season, Sports Basement has offered the He’e Nalu Ohana a 20% off discount in stores and online from April 1st-14th. Simply use the Online Code in the attached flyer at checkout in their online store (, or show this flyer when you pay in store to scan the discount code. Sports Basement will also be sponsoring our Round the Rock Alcatraz Challenge race with raffle donations.

We also want to shoutout On The Water 360 (, who is returning to Round the Rock as a sponsor and vendor this year. OTW360 currently has a 10% discount with the code “OTW360” if you’re looking to update your paddle gear.

Mahalo Nui Loa!

He'e-Nalu-SportsBasementHe’e Nalu – SportsBasement

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2018 Season and Member Dues

Aloha! Daylight savings time is upon us and that means it’s the start of a new paddling season!

First order of business is to check out the practice schedule and race calendar (  To confirm your practice intent, please use the Teamstuff app to mark yourself as “Going” so your coach can plan appropriately.

Next, member dues.  Here is the dues schedule for the 2018 season:

  • Adult Individual – $250.
  • Couple – $450.
  • Keiki – $100, includes a race jersey.
  • Recreational – $125.
  • Any other combination (Family, siblings, etc.), please inquire with Board at
  • OC1 rack rental in Petaluma – $125.

We ask that dues be paid by April 1st at the He’e Nalu Online Store ( You may also submit payment directly in person to any board member, or by mail – please contact us at for mailing address.

Lastly, the tentative date for the Canoe Blessing and Membership Meeting is April 29th at 10:30am at 101 Surf Sports in San Rafael. We will be confirming this date and location soon.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

The He’e Nalu Board

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Aloha He’e Nalu Paddlers!

We are bringing back the “Coconut Wireless”, the official He’e Nalu Club newsletter, now in digital form. The Board of Directors and Coaches would like to welcome you all to the 2018 paddling season. Before the season officially begins we have a few announcements and reminders to share…

2018-19 Board of Directors

The current Board of Directors officially took office in January. It is our goal to share information openly with the club membership and we hope you will do the same with us. We now have a dedicated email address for the board, so please feel free to send your questions or comments to, or you can reach out to individual Board members at the email addresses listed below.

President: Nicole Sholly,

1st Vice President: Tim Cornwell,

2nd Vice President: Wyatt Wong,

Treasurer: Maureen Chapman,

Secretary: Heather Ivey,

Coaching Team

Our coaches are committed to making this a fun and successful 2018 season. The preferred contact for each coach is listed below:

Women’s Coach: Shannon Hartnett, 415-902-0641,

Assistant Women’s Coach: Richie Lambert, 707-782-8829,

Men’s Coach: Josh Luria, 415-272-6800 (good for call or text),

Novice Coach: Lisa Bell, 707-338-7396, (email preferred)

Keiki Coach: Mike Smith, 707-774-1907, (text or email preferred)

Practice Schedule

Regular season practices will be starting before you know it. Below you will find the schedule for each group, as well as open paddling in San Rafael. There are plenty of opportunities to get out on the water!

Women’s Practices in San Rafael – starting Saturday March 10th

  • Tuesday 6 pm on the water (OC6)
  • Thursday 6 pm on the water (OC6)
  • Saturday* 8:30 am on the water (OC6)
  • Petaluma practice schedule to be announced

Men’s Practices in San Rafael – starting Wednesday March 14th

  • Monday 6 pm on the water (OC1/OC2, OC6 Sprint)
  • Wednesday 6 pm on the water (OC6)
  • Sunday* 8:30 am on the water (OC6) (already underway)

Novice Practices in San Rafael/Petaluma – starting Monday March 19th

  • Monday 6-8 pm (OC6) San Rafael
  • Wednesday 6-8 pm (OC6) Petaluma
  • Sunday 6:30-8:30 am San Rafael OR Petaluma (OC6)
  • All practices in Petaluma are tide-dependent. Teamstuff will be used for updates/changes to practice location.

Keiki Practices in Petaluma – starting Thursday March 1st

  • Tuesday 4-6 pm (OC6)
  • Thursday 4-6 pm (OC6)
  • Saturday 10 am on the water (OC6)

Practices Open to All in San Rafael

  • Friday 9:30 am on the water (OC1/OC2)

* Note: During sprint season, Women’s practice will move to SUNDAYS at 8:30am; Men’s practice will convert to “alternative craft” (OC1, OC2, OC3, surfskis, or OC6 if available, etc.)

Winter Paddling

Saturday March 3rd will be the last winter paddling session. A big mahalo to Sue Pearson for leading the group in San Rafael throughout the off-season. This is a great way to stay in shape during the off-season (not to mention a lot of fun).

Season Calendar

Check out the 2018 season calendar to get a head start on planning your availability and participation in the NCOCA regattas and long distance races. Did you know there will be two new long distance races this season? More exciting details coming soon!

Race Secretary

We are looking for a volunteer (or two) to be the Race Secretary for the 2018 Season. The Race Secretary is responsible for completing online registration before each race and on-site registration at each race. Please contact the Board if you are interested in helping out with this important role.

Waivers and more!

Have you signed your 2018 NCOCA waiver yet? If not, please do so today by clicking here: NCOCA Smart Waiver 2018. Everyone needs to have a waiver signed before getting in a canoe.

Other steps to join and access the club resources if you have not already:

  1. Create an account on the Members site and sign our club membership form.
  2. Pay Membership dues, when the time comes.
  3. Request Teamstuff access.
  4. To sign up for practices using Teamstuff, download the iOS app or Android app
  5. Find us on Facebook.

Boats and Waterways Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey for the state Boats and Waterways project: The last time this survey was conducted in 2002 there was NO representation of non-motorized users. It’s imperative that we, as paddlers, are counted and considered in any maintenance and development of waterways. NOTE: In the survey, there is a question that asks you to put a dollar value on your waterway. This question is not an ask to charge or increase fees, do not put $0; this question is to assess how much we value our waterway so they can properly prioritize and allocate support and funds. Please put some $$$ value for our waterway and make it count!

Coming up…

Keep an eye out for announcements about the following:

  • General Membership Meeting
  • Canoe Blessing
  • Membership dues

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Give Aloha!

Aloha He’e Nalu,

As we wrap up 2017, the He’e Nalu OCC board would like to thank everyone for their aloha and dedication to our sport and our ohana this past year. Together on the water, we trained and raced thousands of miles from Northern California all the way to Tahiti. Off the water, we shared love, laughter, and unconditional support for each other during the devastating Sonoma fires. We are incredibly proud of these relationships and achievements. Every day we feel blessed to have our love of this sport and the water to connect us.

As we look forward to 2018, we ask that you please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the club. We have a lot to look forward to for the upcoming year, but some of that requires additional funds above and beyond what membership fees could cover, including:

  • Finish replacing the dock in Petaluma. Major safety item for the keikis!
  • Finish repairing our canoe trailer. There are 2 new NCOCA long-distance races to tow to!
  • Additional support for our keiki program. They crushed MBX this year as the first ever keiki crew!
  • Catch up on much needed maintenance with our canoes and gear. Yeah, the debt that keeps on giving.

Any amount you give will make a significant impact. For example, $20 could sponsor race fees or a jersey for a keiki; $100 could chip in for some repairs. If you wish to make a donation, please either:

  1. Send your donation electronically via PayPal to;
  2. Or, write a check to “NCOCA” and mail to 355 Sheffield Court, San Jose, CA 95125;
  3. Or, contact Nicole Sholly at for more information or other arrangements.

The NCOCA is our fiscal sponsor and will ensure that we receive your donation and issue you a tax receipt. Please leave a comment on your PayPal transfer or check that your donation is for He’e Nalu OCC. The deadline for tax-deductible donations is December 31st and all donations must be received and transacted before January 1st to be tax-deductible towards 2017.

None of this would be possible without you. Your support will help make next season even more memorable and spectacular.

Mahalo nui loa,
Nicole and the He’e Nalu board

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Newcomer Paddle – Try Outrigger Canoeing for Free!


As we continue into the off-season we will be having several Newcomer Paddles to introduce and welcome new paddlers to our sport. If you are new to paddling or outrigger canoeing, we welcome you to join in at a Newcomer Paddle session and give it a try! For experience paddlers and He’e Nalu club members, this is a great opportunity to share firsthand your fun and excitement with your friends and family.

Here are the details for upcoming Newcomer Paddle session this winter season. Please share and extend our invitation:

  • When?
    • Saturday, December 9 2017, 7:00am – 9:00am
    • Saturday, January 27 2018, 7:30am – 9:30am (UPDATED!)
    • Saturday, February 24 2018, 7:00am – 9:00am (UPDATED!)
    • Saturday, March 10 2018, 7:00am – 9:00am
  • Where?
    • 101 Surf Sports, 115 3rd St., San Rafael (, map)
    • NOTE: Please park across the street in the high school parking lot, or street parking in front of 101 Surf Sports. Please do NOT park in the surf shop parking lot or on the street in front of the bait shop.
  • What to wear/bring?
    • Clothing appropriate for weather and water and sweat:
      • NO cotton. Athletic wear, quick-dry fabrics, layers and fleece ok.
      • Water shoes or booties (if you have them), or flip flops.
    • Water bottle
    • A great attitude!
  • RSVP?
  • Still not sure?
    • Check out the awesome fun we had this past season. We hope to you’ll join us in 2018!


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He’e Nalu’s Keikis Are Going to MBX!

hnocckeikiThis year our amazing keikis (keiki: “KAY-kee”, Hawai’ian for child) have gone beyond all expectations, and yet they are ready for more! We have entered a 9-paddler crew of 13-17 year-olds into the Monterey Bay Crossing, a challenging 26-mile open ocean race from Santa Cruz to Monterey! This will be the first all-keiki crew ever to attempt the race, and they will be competing with adults. We know they can do it, and we’re doing everything we can to support them!

You can help by DONATING HERE

If you can help in any way, we all truly appreciate it 

– Jocelyn, Assistant Coach of He’e Nalu Keikis

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2017 Practice Schedule

Men’s Practices @ 101 Surf Sports, San Rafael, Mon & Wed 6pm- 8pm Sunday 8:30am
Women’s Practices @ 101 Surf Sports, San Rafael, Tues. & Thurs. 6pm-8pm Saturday 9am
Coed Practices @ Foundry Wharf in Petaluma, Tues. & Thurs. 6pm-8pm
Keiki Practices in @ Foundry Wharf in Petaluma, Tues. & Thurs. 4pm-6pm Saturdays 10am-12pm
Novice Practices @101 Surf Sports, San Rafael Mon 6pm-8pm & Foundry Wharf in Petaluma Thurs. 6pm-8pm.

Due to the growth in membership we need to be flexible as we adjust & try to accommodate everyone. Practice times MAY need to change due to limitations of space @101 site.

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Membership dues

Membership dues deadline is April 1. 2017. Dues fees are below. You may pay them at the He’e Nalu Online Store (see link above), or by giving a check to Nicole or Deanne.

  • Family: $450
  • Couple: $375
  • Individual: $225
  • Keiki: $75
  • Recreational: $100

Sprint race fees are included in the dues. Before you can paddle you must sign your NCOCA Waiver here!


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Winter Paddling Schedule

Come on out and paddle with us!

Schedule: (be there 15 mins early to help launch canoes)

New-comer Paddle: Off-season is a great time to try it out! — First Sundays of the month (Oct-Feb) at 11 AM, 101 Surf Sports in San Rafael. Just wear what you would for running, and we’ll supply the paddle.

Mixed Paddle: Saturdays 9:30 AM, 101 Surf Sports in San Rafael.

Tuesday and Thursday 5:45 PM, Petaluma Foundry Wharf (will change as sun sets earlier)

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