Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Translation: Paddles Up Kauai! The Wailua River is the scene for competitive and recreational outrigger canoe paddling practice. Various weekday evenings around dusk teams can be spotted with their coach in tow, paddling in unison with all their might to commands such as "ho'o makaukau" (get ready); "imua" (forward); "huki" (pull); and "lawa" (enough).
The design of the canoes has evolved many times and today this racing sport is hugely popular throughout the islands with race events held almost every weekend from May to September. The State of Hawaii has proclaimed it the official state sport.
For more information check out the Garden Island Canoe Racing Association or Kawaikini.org.