Paddle Like a VoyagerO‘ahu

When the Hawaiian Islands chain developed from a hotspot on the ocean floor and began bursting through the surface of the Pacific Ocean, it obviously didn’t have any inhabitants. Eventually, Polynesian explorers arrived from faraway lands—and they made this long journey in double-hulled canoes.

The POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY actually has recreated trips using replicas of the Polynesian DOUBLE-HULLED VOYAGING CANOE and similar navigation techniques. In fact, it’s most-famous vessel, the HOKULE‘A, recently embarked on the first leg of its journey around the world to chart a new course toward sustainability and spread the message of malama (to care for) our Island Earth. To see the full sailing plan, visit hokulea.org/world-wide-voyage.

Like the Hokule‘a, modern-day OUTRIGGER CANOES have roots in these traditional vessels. Outrigger canoes feature one or more lateral supports, known as outriggers, which increase stability and allow the canoe to travel faster and in rougher waters. And when they catch a wave on

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their way back to shore, watch out—they’re traveling so fast, they don’t have time to move around you.

Waikiki Beach is the only place in O‘ahu where you can take part in outrigger canoe surfing. Adventurers can experience the original Hawaiian rollercoaster ride with WAIKIKI BEACH SERVICES, offering the thrill of surfing a wave on an outrigger canoe.

There are also several companies that offer outrigger canoe outings, such as STAR BEACHBOYS and ALOHA BEACH SERVICES, both located on Waikiki Beach. The former offers a threewave ride, and Aloha Beach Services offers two-wave rides and hour-long group excursions with a canoe and two captains. Star Beachboys is located at the yellow tents by the Duke Kahanamoku statue, and Aloha Beach Services can be found on Waikiki Beach by the Moana Surfrider hotel.


WAIKIKI BEACH SERVICES (808) 388-1510
Affordable Tours (808) 921-2280
Aloha Hawaii Tours (808) 926-3800