Meet Wai Koko Coconut Water Brand Ambassador- Alfred Van Gieson
As a young boy I learned quickly what the canoe meant to my family and my culture. Growing up in a Hawaiian community, where my grandparents founded the Leeward Kai Canoe club, I was born into a life revolving around the sport of Outrigger canoe racing. Outrigger has opened up many doors for me throughout the years, but perhaps the biggest door was crossing the threshold between the land and the sea. I can recall numerous times when all I wanted to do was walk through that door and paddle straight out to sea or along the leeward coastline. Jumping onto my canoe and being on the ocean was my escape. The canoe allowed me to venture away from the shore, out of my valley, and across many oceans. Wai Koko Coconut water has just opened another door for me, and I am thankful because none of this would have been possible without my family, my culture, and my canoe.