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Come Saturday, chances are you’ll be able to see Kitsap County Commissioners Ed Wolfe, Rob Gelder and possibly Charlotte Garrido on the water in kayaks. They say it’s the perfect way for them to celebrate the three to five years of work by the county and volunteers to ensure that the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails happened.
Community Events, July 2015
Schedule of events for the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Festival
When most people hear the term “water trails,” they might think kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. But the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails, and its designation as part of the National Water Trails system, means much more.
They’re on the water at least three times a week from March to October. Some are natives of Hawaii. Some are folks who have traveled to Hawaii and love the culture. Others just like to paddle. They are the Hui Heihei Wa’aa Polynesian outrigger club of Kitsap County, and they are more than 60 members strong.
There’s no doubt in Jim Gunderson’s mind that the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails and its national status is bringing new divers to the area. “It’s bringing more attention to what is under water in Kitsap County,” said Gunderson. “It’s an absolute treasure and most people don’t know that.”