Hawaiian Paddle Sports
500 Bay Drive
| +1 808-669-6767
Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Paddle Sports
Hawaiian Paddle SportsAncient Hawaiians traveled between islands and villages by paddling wa‘a (voyaging canoes). Today the tradition continues as a racing sport and also an art with vessels like the Hikianalia and Hōkūleʻa, which completed a round-the-world trip in 2017. Join Hawaiian Paddle Sports on an outrigger tour that blends heritage and adventure. Explore the coastline, pausing to snorkel with sea turtles and—on lucky days—admire pods of dolphins and humpbacks (late-December to early April). Cultural activities include learning to make a spoon and rope from coconuts. The company also offers canoe-surfing for experienced paddlers, who learn traditional Hawaiian commands while catching some of Maui’s beautiful waves in a modified outrigger!
AFAR Local Expert
over 5 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.