Traditional Outrigger Canoeing

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. His large steering paddle was also hand-carved.

The festival celebrated the traditional craftsmanship of Polynesian art, music, canoes, and more.

Created to keep Polynesian voyaging traditions alive, the festival hosted master carvers from around Polynesia who spent two weeks shaping canoes out of raw logs.

From http://mauifestivalofcanoes.com [site no longer active]:

“In the Polynesian world all things are connected and nothing dies…things, people, they merely move through different dimensions. And so it is with the trees. Arriving from the upland forests they still retain their life force. Their soon-to-be transformation will be honored in ceremonies and rituals before work commences.”

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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!