Sunset Hoolana Outrigger Canoe

Sunset Hoolana Outrigger Canoe

In the golden sunset of Hawaii wa’a paddlers sail under purple clouds on calm seas.

Outrigger canoes are more than just a way to get around to Hawaiians (and Polynesians more broadly). Instead, they went beyond physical to spiritual and from effective to mastery. The outrigger was used as training for the young, providing for family, protection from invaders, and learning about the world. In days past canoes were built out of 100-year-old Koa wood selected by specially trained priests (kahuna). The kahuna would offer  prayers, blessings and invocations over every detail of building the canoe. Historic Polynesians learned how to navigate using the wind, waves, stars, and seasons–with no instrumentation.

From the Photographer:

Pacific Islander sailing canoe at sunset. Photo taken with Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, f/4 @ 50 mm, 1/20, ISO 50, No Flash.

In Hawaiian Ho’olana literally means “floating,” but used as a name it tends to mean “cheerful.” For this picture of a wa’a (outrigger) in Hawaii, we think that combining the two meanings fits.

You can learn some more about Hawaii’s legacy of outriggers in this excellent article.

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About Rob DeCamp

I am a professional photographer living on Maui, in the State of Hawaii. I made my living shooting weddings, but now have shifted my energy to nature photography. What started as a hobby, has now become my passion. I love to explore nature, and capture the ever changing colors and shapes that I find. No matter how many times I go back to the same place, it never is the same. The lighting, the weather all change to give me a different feeling. I think that is what inspires me to keep shooting!