Served as the chairman of the Admissions & Membership Committee (2009-2012).
Member of the Finance Committee (2006-2011).
Member of the Long Range Planning Committee (2009-2010).
Member of ad hoc Kalani’anaole Property Committee (2009).
The Outrigger Canoe Club, founded in 1908, is the premiere ocean sports club in the world. The mission of founder Alexander Hume Ford was to perpetuate the Hawaiian sports of surfing and canoe paddling, and the Club has succeeded in ways that Ford could never have imagined.
When the Outrigger Canoe Club was founded, the ancient Hawaiian water sports of surfing and outrigger canoeing were on the verge of extinction. Waikïkï Beach, one of the Island’s most popular surfing areas, had become increasingly inaccessible due to the hotels and mansions which had been built along its shore. Alexander Hume Ford, a malihini from South Carolina, with the support of Honolulu businessmen, established a club at Waikïkï where “men and boys could ride upright on the crest of waves.” Its mission then, as it is today, is to foster and promote the water sports of old Hawaii.
The Outrigger Canoe Club has grown and prospered in its nearly 100 years, surviving financial crises, two world wars, and the traumatic move from Waikïkï to Diamond Head. With a membership of over 4000, the Outrigger is known throughout the world for its spectacular location, beautiful clubhouse, but most importantly for its efforts to foster and promote Hawaiian water sports. True to its original mission, the Outrigger Canoe Club is “a place where man may commune with sun and sand and sea, where good fellowship and aloha prevail and where the sports of old Hawaii shall always have a home.”