This month, May, 2008 commemorates the 100 year birthday of the Outrigger Canoe Club a private club at the base of Diamond Head. The club was founded in 1908 by Alexander Hume Ford and the original location of the club was in Waikiki where the main Outrigger Hotel currently is. The new or existing club location was completed in the early 1960's and designed by the late Vladimir Ossipoff.
The club is a great place for families, social events, dining, entertaining and most importantly beach and water sports. There is a dedication plaque from 1964 that says: "Let this be a place where man may commune with sun and sand and sea, where good fellowship and aloha prevail, and where the sports of old Hawai'i shall always have a home." It is a place where I like to call home too (I guess like a 2nd home). I spent a lot of time growing up down there. Just about everyone in my family was a member. My father served on several boards and is a past president. I am now giving back as well and have coached several paddling crews over the years, served on committees and now on the board of directors as well. It is a special place that I am sure will be around for another 100 years!