The famous Polynesian-crafted boat Hokule’a sits moored in Lahaina Harbor off the island of Maui. This double-hulled outrigger canoe has a rich and storied history as an accurate re-creation of a traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe built and operated by the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
She has traveled far and wide and is currently undertaking a “Worldwide Voyage” between 2012 and 2017. See the video regarding the voyage at:
In 1976, she went from Hawaii to Tahiti using traditional Polynesian navigation techniques, helping to support ideas surrounding how Polynesians first came to the Hawaiian islands. She is now seen as an icon of the resurgence in and regaining of traditional Hawaiian culture.
Orange clouds above and the endless ocean below, an outrigger canoe (wa’a) cruises on calm waters in a tunnel of light. read more
A wa’a (outrigger canoe) catches the shoulder of a wave to ride it to shore at Keauhou Bay on Hawaii’s Big Island. read more
Sunrise from Kamakahonu Bay at Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island always comes with a sense of anticipation as the sun makes its way out from behind Hualalai mountain. read more
Just off the shores of Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island a crew of paddlers take their six-man outrigger canoe (wa’a) out for sunset practice. read more
Christmas time in Hawaii means playing at the beach and, if you’re lucky, even taking a ride in an outrigger canoe. read more
A steersman guides his hand-carved outrigger canoe through the waters near Kamehameha Iki Park, Maui during the 11th Annual International Festival of Canoes in 2008. read more
There are hundreds of outrigger canoes found throughout Hawaii and Polynesia. Based on historic wood designs, the boats now are commonly constructed from fiberglass. Each boat has unique characteristics, shape, personality, and history. read more
In the golden sunset of Hawaii wa’a paddlers sail under purple clouds on calm seas. Outrigger canoes are used as training for the young, providing for family, protection from invaders, and learning about the world. read more
A colorful row of outrigger canoes adorns the grounds of the Lanikai in Kailua on Hawaii’s island of Oahu. read more
This traditional, wood-carved, Hawaiian outrigger canoe is a good example of how Hawaiians built their wa’a not too long ago. read more
Outrigger canoes are abundant on Hawaiian shorelines. read more