Outrigger canoe racing in Hawaii is like ice hockey to Canada or football to the mainland U.S. The cultural and historical roots run deep. Outrigger believes in Ohana (family) and embracing everyone through the sport.
Regattas, or sprints, are a big part of the racing season in Hawaii and the winning teams from each island come together for the state championships. It is not only fun and family but competition among the clubs. What a great way to involve the family in a season of racing and camaraderie.
Hard Paddling in Paradise: Hawaii's Passion for Outrigger Canoe Racing
Jul 30 2015, 10:15am
Photo by Danielle Elliot
In Hawaii, outrigger canoe races are more than a beloved sport. They're a cultural touchstone.
"Come on, boys. Yes-a, boys," an older man called out on a sticky afternoon in Hilo, Hawaii. He stood at the edge of Hilo Bay, his potbelly rolling over red board shorts; a purple lei sat on his shoulders, and a black trucker hat was cocked atop his head, with sunglasses perched above. At his feet, brown waves washed up onto a mix of sand and stones.