KS Hawaiʻi Kahu Kaunaloa Boshard KSK’77 recalls the poignant and powerful moment by the KS Hawaiʻi boys’ varsity paddling team, who grounded and guided by faith, leaned on pule before a thrilling race at Hilo Bay that propelled the team its first BIIF title since 2010.
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E hauʻoli mau loa. E pule hoʻōki ʻole. Ma nā mea a pau e hoʻomaikaʻi aku ai: no ka mea, ʻo ia ko ke Akua manaʻo i loko o Kristo Iesū iā ʻoukou. – Tesalonike 1 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
He manaʻo o ke kahu
Saturday, Feb. 12 was a long day for our Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi athletes. There was paddling and wrestling in the early morning, senior day for boys’ basketball later that morning, and a girls’ soccer championship that evening.
My day started at Hilo Bay where the Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF) Canoe Championships were being held. It was a marvelous day to be near our precious ke kai kūʻono ʻo Hilo (Hilo Bay). The water was mālie, the sun was shining brightly, and we felt the mana as we stepped out of our truck and onto the black sand to watch and cheer!
The much-anticipated race of the morning was the varsity boy’s half-mile sprint. Our Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi hui and the team from Kealakehe High School were the top two crews who had hopes of winning a championship and representing Moku ʻo Keawe at the state championship. Before the start, the KS Hawaiʻi crew joined hands and began to pule! What a sight to behold from the shoreline, what a testament of faith in Ke Akua, and what a blessing to witness the power of prayer to prepare the heart, mind, soul, and body for an activity.
When talking to Kaumauokealoha Beaudet who sits no. 5, he described how Noah Pila, seat no. 4, prayed to Iesū for unity! What a beautiful request because anyone who paddles knows the importance of harmony among the paddlers within the waʻa to bring about good timing. Good timing in this watersport garners success, and great timing leads to a BIIF title. E hoʻomaikaʻi e nā Koa! (Congratulations, Warrior!)
Today’s passage reminds us that prayer can be done anywhere and at any time. Fundamentally, the timing of pule, like paddling, is essential to harvesting victory in the moment. Pule is worship and being in harmony with Ke Akua is a win-win protocol. So, rejoice and pray continually, never stop, and when you do, do so with an attitude of gratitude to Ke Akua, always!
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