When George Fry took the wooden paddle in his hand in 2002 and dipped it into the Hawaiian waters, it was love at first stroke. Trading a busy career as a commercial photographer in California for retirement on the Big Island, George not only adopted a new state, but a new state of mind. He now serves as the leader of the 6am Kapuna Paddling Group of the Kawaihae Canoe Club, a group of about 40 people who greet the sunrise by paddling out to open ocean in six-person outrigger canoes. For many, paddling is their introduction to Hawaii and Hawaiian cultural values; for George, "E lauhoe mai na wa'a" (all paddle together) is not only what it takes to propel the canoe, but also a metaphor for conservation. It's with this ethic in mind that he runs Puako Makai Watch, a group devoted to helping the Department of Natural Resources protect the reef and educate users about ocean awareness, safety, and stewardship. Produced by Ocean Media Institute, Copyright 2016.