Did you know that the ancient Polynesians – the original inhabitants of Hawaii – navigated their way to the Hawaiian islands using only their canoes, paddles and strength, guided by the stars, and aided by the wind?
Since then, the outrigger canoe has been central to Hawaiian culture. The canoe made transportation between the islands possible … allowed fishermen to provide food for their families … and provided recreation for all, from keiki to kupuna.
Outrigger paddling – a thriving tradition
The tradition of paddling continues to thrive through local canoe clubs, races, paddling lessons, and tours. And each Labor Day weekend marks one of the sport’s premier events: the Queen Lili’uokalani Canoe Race, billed as the world’s largest long distance canoe race.
Queen Lili’uokalani Canoe Race
Established in 1972, the event stretches over four days, and draws 2,500 paddlers from all over the world – Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Florida, California and Canada, just to name a few. The marquee event takes place on Saturday, when teams in single-hull canoes race 18 miles from Kailua Bay to Honaunau. In addition to other paddling races, the fun also includes a torchlight parade on Saturday night, and an awards luau on Sunday.
Experience the history and excitement of paddling
Unlike the ancient Polynesians, today’s visitors to Hawaii can simply hop on a plane and arrive in a few hours. However, you can still experience the history, excitement and beauty of paddling during your visit by planning your trip to coincide with an event like the Queen Lili’uokalani Canoe Race, or booking a paddling excursion, like those offered in the Waikoloa area by Adventure Tours Hawaii and Hulakai.
Plan your voyage to Hawaii
If you’re ready for your own voyage to Hawaii, we invite you to start planning your trip by visiting our website. We can help you find the perfect vacation rental, whether you’re looking for a cozy studio for two or a luxurious villa for a large group.
Hawaii vacation rentals: Ainamalu at Waikoloa Beach Resort
One of our newest vacation homes is located in the private, gated community of Ainamalu, which means “protected, peaceful land.” The newest resort community in Waikoloa Beach Resort, Ainamalu offers convenient access to the best beaches, golf courses, cultural activities, shopping and dining on the Kohala Coast.
Luxurious, private, single-family home
This three-bedroom, two-bath, single-family home features a large lanai with expansive views of Mauna Kea – perfect for outdoor cooking and dining. Inside, the home is fully air-conditioned, and tastefully furnished with contemporary and modern pieces. The large master suite boasts an outdoor tropical shower and soaking tub.
Save on your Hawaii vacation rental
Remember, you can always save 10% on your vacation rental when you book direct with us and mention “Aloha escape” in your reservation.
We hope to see you soon – a hui hou!