It is with sadness that we report the passing of John J. Yoneda on Dec 24, 2016. John was born on Nov 24, 1939 in Honolulu to Choichi and Kiyoko Yoneda. The fourth of six sons, John’s first seven years were spent on his parent’s hog and chicken farm in the Waialae area. At age seven, the family moved to Kalihi where John spent his youth and graduated from Farrington High School. Enlisting in the Army in 1961 he spent most of his service in a heavy artillery unit in Germany. After leaving the Army, John got a job in Purchasing at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. It was at Queen’s he was attracted to a cute fellow worker, Karen Luke. Not letting any green grass grow under his feet, he made his play. They were married on May 27, 1971. He took advantage of his G.I. Bill benefits and entered the culinary program at Kapi’olani Community College where he earned certification as a chef. John’s service in the Army had stimulated in him a taste for traveling. With the rising cost of housing in Honolulu, he convinced his wife that they should go and reside in the Northwest. At least, try it out for five years. In 1981, John moved, with his wife and two young children, to Seattle. The five years has lasted thirty-five years. John joined the Wakinikona Hawaiian Club (WHC) on Oct 15, 1988, as an Active Member. He has served, as the club’s Sergeant-at-Arms, from 2008 to 2016. John was a gentle spirit. He was well-liked by all, pleasant and friendly. LELE KA HOAKA (The Spirit has flown away) He loved to eat. Where he put it on his lean frame, we’ll never know. He also loved bag-pipe music. John leaves behind his wife, Karen, of forty-five years; children Chad and Heidi; five brothers Samson, Kenneth, Eric, David and Edward. The WHC extends their sincere condolences to Karen and all the members of John’s ‘Ohana. God be with you till we meet again. Until then, our aloha to you, John
The memorial service for John Yoneda will be held at Overlake Park Presbyterian Church on Sun, Jan 15 at 1 PM. The church is located at 1836 156th Ave NE, in Bellevue, WA. Casual attire is requested and the wearing of aloha shirts and other Hawaii-style clothing is welcomed and encouraged.
Based on a prolonged spate of very cold temperatures this week and forecasted for the weekend, Wakinikona has cancelled the PNW-ORCA Winter Series OC 1/OC 2 race that was scheduled for Lake Union this Saturday (7th January 2017). In making this decision, we took into account the forecasted weather not only at the race venue here in Seattle but the locations where competing paddlers will be traveling and the early start times they would need to commence travel. Deferring on the side of safety, it was prudent to cancel this race. While some may be disappointed in our decision, keep in mind there are six other PNW-ORCA races remaining in the 2017 Winter Series to compete.
Take care, be safe and wait patiently for better weather.
Uncle Stan Dahlin.
Aloha kakou/warm greetings to everyone.
Wakinikona is pleased again to kick off the PNW-ORCA 2017 Winter series by hosting the first OC 1/ OC 2 race at Lake Union, in Seattle, WA on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Please come to renew acquaintances, extend your new year’s greetings, and get an excellent workout in a competitive race on what is usually a very flat course. I’m sure you’ll have a lot to talk about after the race over a bowl of hot soup. You’ll find all the details below or in the first attachment.
Hope to see all of you on the water in the new year.
Stay safe and a hui hou.
Po’o Wa’a, Hui Wa'a O Wakinikona
Lake Union Race
Race: Lake Union Race, PNW-ORCA 2017 Winter Series OC-1, OC-2, SUP
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2017, Waterway #18, Lake Union, Seattle, WA
Race Description: All paddlers start together at concrete overlook at Gas Works Park, heading west to Ballard Locks, around a buoy and return past Gas Works Park, to finish line within Waterway #18. The course is approx 6.5 miles. This is the 1st of 7 races in the Winter Series, with the first 5 place finishers in each division earning points for end of season awards.
Registration: This is a PNW-ORCA race, covered by Paddlesport Risk Management (PRM) LLC and will follow our association’s and PRM’s safety procedures. All participants must register, sign the waiver, and show proof of PRM coverage (paddler with a PNW-ORCA member club). The entry fee remains at $15 per paddler. Non-PRM covered paddlers must pay an additional $3.00 fee and complete the PRM Event Waiver in order to enter the race.
Host Club: Hui Wa’a O Wakinikona. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-985-2333.
Facilities: There is one porta-john at the race site, with additional permanent restroom facilities ¼ mile away at Gas Works Park. There are no clothes changing facilities at the put-in/take-out area. Light refreshments and water will be provided.
Entry Fees: $15.00 per paddler.
9:00am Registration table opens
10:30am Safety and Paddlers’ meeting
11:00am Race starts
Directions: Race registration is on the north end of Lake Union next to Dunato's Boat Yard,
2309 N. Northlake Way (about 1/4 mile east of Gas Works Park), Seattle, WA.
From I-5. Take Exit #169 (NE 45th St.), turn west on NE 45th and continue to Stone Way.
Turn Left on Stone Way and follow it south all the way to the bottom by Lake Union (through NE 34th St). The road will bend to the left and become N. Northlake Way. Follow N. Northlake Way east past Gasworks Park, and look for the small Waterway #18 sign on the north sidewalk (if you see Dunato's Boatyard, you've gone too far). Please park on the north side of the street (back-in angle parking) and walk down to lake’s edge, where the canoes are beached.
See www.pnworca.org for the Winter Series Point System