In Ro­ta­tion

Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Out­rig­ger En­ter­prises Group

Waikiki Magazine - - WELCOME -

Take a walk down world­fa­mous Waikiki Beach at sun­set and you’re likely to find an abun­dance of out­rig­ger ca­noes glim­mer­ing in the blue Pa­cific. Though it’s easy to get caught up in the ex­cite­ment of lively Waikiki, I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to go for a ride in an out­rig­ger ca­noe. Peace­ful and serene, you’ll em­bark upon not only a great ad­ven­ture, but also a his­toric voy­age into our Hawai­ian cul­ture.

It is thought that Poly­ne­sian ex­plor­ers be­gan ven­tur­ing onto the ocean more than four cen­turies ago from is­lands north of New Guinea, known as the Poly­ne­sian Tri­an­gle. They trav­eled in dou­ble­hulled ca­noes, or wa‘a, tra­di­tion­ally carved from koa trees that were large enough to trans­port sup­plies, live­stock and plants. So im­por­tant was the wa‘a that it was con­sid­ered by na­tive Hawai­ians to be a liv­ing en­tity, a means of har­vest­ing food from the ocean, a way to travel near or far, and on oc­ca­sion, a ve­hi­cle for war­fare and re­cre­ation. Out­rig­ger ca­noe rac­ing evolved, and to this day serves as a thrilling sport for pad­dlers across the world.

For the wa‘a to glide smoothly through the ocean, pad­dlers must work to­gether, in sync, keep­ing one com­mon goal in mind. At Out­rig­ger En­ter­prises Group, we work to­gether to make the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence a mem­o­rable one in Waikiki, Hawai‘i and through­out Asia Pa­cific. To en­hance the jour­ney, we part­ner with other trav­el­ers, such as the Poly­ne­sian Voy­ag­ing So­ci­ety as they em­bark on their World­wide Voy­age, a 28-coun­try voy­age around the world span­ning 45,000 nau­ti­cal miles to honor Hawai‘i’s cul­ture and its peo­ple.

While you’re here, I en­cour­age you to im­merse your­self in the magic of Waikiki. Take a ride in this ca­noe of rich her­itage and beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings then bathe in an ocean of mem­o­ries. Ma­halo for vis­it­ing.

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