When you think of the iconic waves on Waikiki, one thing usually comes to mind: surfing.
But did you know there’s a beyond-the-surfboard way to ride the waves?
Canoe surfing is the sport of ancient Hawaiian monarchs. Done on an outrigger canoe or a canoe with two outriggers or long poles on each side, this one-of-a-kind adventure has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. And it’s become one of the best ways to spend a weekend in Waikiki.
The History of Canoe Racing
Called “hei hei waa,” outrigger canoe racing was invented in the Aloha State and was popularized among the Hawaiian chiefs in the 18th century. But with the shift from traditional Hawaiian to more European ways of life, the sport was banned for a period of time.
In the 1970s, the sport reemerged when late artist, historian, and Polynesian Voyaging Society founder Herb Kawainui Kane created a replica of the outrigger canoe that completed six major voyages over the course of two decades. Outrigger canoe racing has become a symbol of aloha—and the official state sport of Hawaii.
Go Canoe Surfing Yourself
Join with friends and family to try this one-of-a-kind Waikiki experience yourself. Your captain will guide you as you paddle together to catch a wave, and you’ll feel the wind in your hair—and get splashed!—as you speed towards shore in outrigger style.
Check out Faith Surf School right at the beach in front of Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort for the ultimate outrigger canoe experience (up to 6 people; ages 8 years plus), and stay at the resort for the weekend (or longer) for easy access to all the water adventures, plus special deals and more.
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