Latch onto an Outrigger Canoe
Designated the state’s official team sport, outrigger canoe racing draws hundreds of paddlers to clubs throughout the Islands. However, it is more than a popular activity—it’s a culturally significant link to the legendary seafaring traditions of Hawai‘i.
Hawai‘i’s first settlers arrived aboard double-hulled sailing canoes that they paddled across 2,000 miles of uncharted ocean using only the stars and flight patterns of birds to guide them. They found the Islands more than 1,000 years before European explorers arrived in 1778. Canoes were used for interisland travel, fishing and sport, to transport warriors into battle, and for exploratory voyages.
Typically, a modern-day outrigger is powered by six paddlers in a 45-foot fiberglass, single- or double-hulled canoe. The canoe features the ama, which is a pontoon attached to one side of the hull to provide added stability.
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