Paddle Like a VoyagerO‘ahu
When the Hawaiian Island 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 has actually recreated trips using replicas of the Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe and similar navigation techniques.
Modern day outrigger canoes have roots in these very 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 their way back
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If this sounds like your kind of voyage, there are several companies that offer outrigger canoe outings, such as Star Beachboys and Aloha Beach Services located on Waikiki Beach. The former offers a three-wave 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 is found on Waikiki Beach by the Moana Surfrider. Or just keep your eyes peeled—there are numerous places eager to take paddlers out.