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.

POLYNESIAN VOYAGING SOCIETY actually has re-created trips using replicas of the Polynesian DOUBLE-HULLED VOYAGING CANOE and similar navigation techniques. In fact, its most-famous vessel,

Hokule‘a, recently concluded its multi-year sail around the world to chart a new course toward sustainability and spread the message of malama (to care for) our “Island Earth.”

Like 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

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on 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 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 2450 Koa Ave., and Aloha Beach Services can be found on Waikiki Beach by the Moana Surfrider hotel.

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