Outrigger Club, Maui

Outrigger Club, Maui

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.

Outrigger canoeing is the most popular sport in Hawaii. Boats range in size from single-person to six-person teams. Annual and quarterly races are held throughout the islands. You can see teams practicing in the near shore waters most days around sunrise or sunset.

The sport’s popularity has led to the establishment of several long-running canoe clubs–groups of teams that meet, practice, and share boats together. Pictured here is an OC6 wa’a (outrigger)–a six-person outrigger canoe–in front of a club house in West Maui.

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Wandering in from Canada, I have made my way to New Jersey, through New Hampshire, Kansas, and now High Desert Country. My passion is photography. I have been through many Canons, briefly lost my mind with an Oly E-620, and had to return to the Canon fold :) Started off with an XTi, added a 50D and now I have my favorite 7D! Got a 100mm 2.8L macro, a 100-400L and am in heaven LOL Along with photography, IR cameras, my passions are genealogy, creating websites, and sweepstaking, as in: www.angelsweepstakes.com.