For many years now Hawaii and Alaska has shared a bond through the sport of Ultimate. It may sound unusual at first, but a $200 ticket to paradise in the winter will turn any Alaskan into a Frisbee player. During this time Alaskans have found refuge from the cold to hibernate and bask in greatness of what is called, "Hopu Ka Lewa," held every year in November on the polo fields of Waimanalo (I'm sure you've heard of it). In the Summer Hawaii ultimate players travel, much like the humpback whales, to the last frontier in seek of the "Jam." Not the kind of Jam you put on bread, but the kind of Jam that gets stuck in your head kind of Jam (I can still hear it). We have shared this crazy relationship between each other for years and possibly before this sport ever existed, think about it. Not many people know this but there are many similarities between Hawaii and Alaska. For one, bigger is always better. Alaska is home to mount McKinley, tallest mountain in North America, and Hawaii is home to Mauna Kea, tallest mountain in the world! Second, great things come in pairs. The United States was able to unite Alaska and Hawaii as the 49th and 50th state. Last and most importantly, there was one man who advanced the game of Ultimate throughout the regions of Alaska and Hawaii. His name is Captain James Cook, an English explorer, navigator, and Ultimate enthusiast (Wikipedia.org). During his search for the Northwest passage he explored much of what is now called the Cook Inlet, where he began teaching the natives how to throw backhands and flicks with frozen wood dishes (it was cold). They were the quickest learners Cook had ever seen, but after much frustration and inability to defrost their sporting equipment Cook was forced to travel south. He stumbled upon a group of islands in the south pacific. He decided to name them, "The Sandwich Islands" because they reminded him of a shitty vertical stack he played while in England. He and is crew landed upon the shores of Kealakekua Bay. Cook saw great potential in Hawaiians, they were strong and really fast. However, they could not count to ten, a disadvantage Cook would ultimately profit on. Cook taught them the game, all except that of a stall count. Cook and his crew would later challenge the King of Hawaii to the first Hawaii tournament, and to much disbelief the islanders would fail. Upon winning the tournament Cook turned his back to help launch the boats, but was struck on the head by one of the villagers and then stabbed to death as he fell face first into the surf. The Natives chanted in synchrony, "Too Close To Call." And carried his body back towards their village. The crew in shock, returned to their ship and sailed away.
Captain Cook - a visionary, navigator, discoverer, and cheater, in honor of him we proudly name our team Captain Crook.
"Aloha Borealis" is a team composed of those from Hawaii (Aloha) and Alaska (Borealis) that participates in the Great Alaska Jamboree (AKA: Jam), but in our efforts to expand our ultimate horizons we wanted to re-name our team specifically for this tournament. We have nothing but passion and spirit for this sport, and we believe that our team represents the perfect example...with some solid DISC GAME!!