As I was saying... Canoe paddling was one of our earlier program endeavors. To the left you see Koloa, paddling coach and ocean kumu Thiebert Lussiea, Chase, Peter and Lei'aloha. This was a wonderful experience due to Thiebert, who generously opened his heart and his facility to receive Kealakehe Intermediate Kahumoku. Most of these students had few oppourtunities to be mentored by such gifted and talented athletes and coaches. Thiebert was assisted by a group of other young men who worked at the Kukio community. The paddling program began in the first year when Na Kahumoku was a exclusively after school activity. Engaging eighth graders in staying after school necessitated having some very attractive activities and this was one of them.