Hawaiian Paddle Sports
500 Bay Dr, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
| +1 808-669-6767
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Hawaiian Paddle SportsAncient Hawaiians traveled between villages and islands by paddling wa‘a (voyaging canoes). Today, the tradition continues as a racing sport—and also an art form, thanks to vessels like the Hikianalia and Hōkūleʻa, which completed a round-the-world trip in 2017. Experience the boats for yourself with help from Hawaiian Paddle Sports, which hosts outrigger canoe tours that blend heritage and adventure. On the South Maui Turtle Town tour, guests can explore the coastline, snorkel with sea turtles, and—from late December to early April—admire pods of dolphins and humpback whales, as well as try cultural activities like crafting spoons and rope from coconuts. More adventurous paddlers can opt for canoe and surf sessions, which also teach Hawaiian commands and words pertinent to canoe culture.
AFAR Local Expert
about 6 years ago
Learn to Paddle an Outrigger Canoe with Hawaiian Paddle Sports
In Ancient Hawaii, six-man canoes were the vessel of choice for moving between islands and villages. Today, outrigger canoeing is a big part of the culture and a popular activity among locals. In the last decade, it's even become a high school sport. What's great about paddling an outrigger canoe is that in addition to getting a great workout, you're also given a conduit to understanding elements of Hawaiian culture. With Hawaiian Paddle Sports—a company that offers outrigger tours at various locations in West Maui—it's this fusion of culture and outdoor activity that makes for such a great outing. In addition to paddling the outrigger canoe, you'll have the chance to snorkel with sea turtles and potentially see dolphins and whales. You'll learn the way the island of Maui was divided into ahupuaʽa (land divisions) and get versed in ways that the ancient Hawaiians lived harmoniously and sustainably with the environment. You'll have the chance to make rope from a coconut husk and learn to use part of the coconut as a spoon to scoop the meat. Far more than just a morning of paddling, this is the absolute best way to get out on the water and experience the culture of Hawaii.