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Learn How to Curl for a Cause with Olympic Athletes at Ice Palace Hawai‘i

American Savings Bank’s annual curling events return this October, with a match the public can participate in for the first time. Here’s what to expect.


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U.S. Olympic gold medalist Joe Polo watches Katrina throw the curling stone for her team.

 

For the seventh year, American Savings Bank’s Hawai‘i Curling Club Charity Classic will pit teams against one another to raise funds for a local charity this October. It’s usually a private game, but this year, the public will have a chance to get in on the action with a new event, Curling with Aloha, held Oct. 3 from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

 

Olympic gold medalist Tyler George and Paralympian Steve Emt will show participants the ropes—or stones—to benefit We Are Oceania. Enjoy a crash-course in curling, food, swag and an autograph sesh with the athletes. I got the opportunity last year to learn how to curl from George and his teammate Joe Polo during the Hawai‘i Curling Club Charity Classic, so I threw on some gloves and jeggings and made my Canadian family proud (even though our team from aio Media lost).

 

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Tyler George (left) and Joe Polo of the U.S. Olympic gold-winning team explaining the proper technique for curling. George will be returning this year for Hawai‘i’s curling events.

 

Here’s what you need to know about curling in Hawai‘i:

 

  • Dress appropriately. It can get chilly on the ice. Gloves aren’t necessary (I took mine off to have a better grip). I also wore stretchy pants so I could properly lunge and slide comfortably. You’ll do a few stretches on the ice to warm up.
     

  • You don’t need to know how to skate. You’ll be walking on the ice and wearing a bootie over one shoe (make sure you wear shoes!). Do walk carefully—I fell twice while sweeping and bruised my butt.
     

  • You don’t need to be a fan of curling. The athletes will go over the basics of the game, but it doesn’t hurt to have an idea of how the sport works.
     

  • We Are Oceania is a Hawai‘i nonprofit that aims to empower Micronesians in the state. Proceeds from multiple curling events will benefit the group.
     

  • It’s $175 to participate and $50 to watch. Register at curlingwithaloha.eventbrite.com

 

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Katrina sweeps in front of the stone to make it go faster across the ice.

 

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