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Sailor Keahi Ho to speak at Rotary meeting

By Staff | Mar 2, 2017

Keahi Ho teaches his son how to sail on Gungho.

LAHAINA – Keahi Ho, a lifelong sailor, will speak on the joys of sailing and his many adventures on the ocean at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise on Tuesday, March 7, at 7 a.m. at the Pioneer Inn. The public is invited; the $10 fee includes a full breakfast.

Ho began sailing at three months old, made his first Pacific crossing at age five and owned a 20-foot boat at age 16, which he sailed extensively off of Lahaina.

During college, while captain of the University of Hawaii sailing team, he traveled to regattas all over the Mainland and sailed in a variety of conditions, including ice and snow.

In the last 15 years, he has sailed to California several times. In 2015, he sailed with his family aboard his 35-foot sailboat, Gungho, to Tahiti and back.

Teaching sailing to all ages is his passion, and Ho has volunteered with Lahaina Yacht Club in the junior sailing program for five years.

In addition to his work with youth, Ho now also teaches sailing classes at all levels aboard Gungho. A 20-minute PowerPoint presentation of his sailing adventures will accompany his presentation.

Lahaina is home to three Rotary Clubs. Weekly meetings are held at 7 a.m. on Tuesday at the Pioneer Inn. Royal Lahaina Resort hosts meetings at noon on Thursday, and the first, third and fifth Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Visitors are always welcome. More information can be found online.