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Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Experience

Kahului, Maui

Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Experience


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Paddle around Kahului Harbor in an outrigger canoe while admiring the seaside landmarks and learning about the history of the Hawaiian Islands. As an introduction, you will watch an entertaining film that describes how ancient Polynesians emigrated to the islands on double-hulled canoes using natural phenomena such as stars and ocean currents to guide them across 2,000 miles of open water. After a briefing under a traditional thatched-roof structure known as a hale, you will paddle off into Kahului’s large sheltered harbor. You may be surprised by the stability of the canoe, much of which comes from the attached outrigger hull. To ensure that you maximize the experience, paddlers from a local canoe club will accompany you and describe harbor highlights such as Kahului Beach and Ho’aloha Park. You will also see where King Kamehameha I landed in 1790 in his successful quest to unify the Hawaiian Islands.


• Paddle around the harbor in an outrigger canoe like the ones ancient Polynesians used.
• Watch an enlightening film about the history of Hawaii with an emphasis on Maui.
• Pass attractions such as Kahului Beach and the urban greenspace Ho’aloha Park.
• See your cruise ship from a unique perspective on the water.


• Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
• Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

Need to Know:

Note: Expect to get wet up to your knees while launching and landing canoes and you may get splashed on the water while paddling. Canoe rides are restricted to paddlers 8 years old and older, no upper age limit, Guests are required to paddle and walk a distance of 1/2 mile to the venue. Restrooms will be available. Guests must sign a waiver. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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