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Outrigger Canoe Experience at Makena Beach

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As soon as we arrived to the activities cabana, we knew that this was going to be something different. We were met by our Hawaiian guides Keoni and Kalani with high energy and smiles. They told us about the canoe and how it has been used throughout history. Even today, Hawaiians use the outrigger regularly and there are still people who navigate the world by canoe without the help of maps or GPS. They follow the stars by way of their anscestors.

We helped push the canoe into the surf and hopped in before the water was too deep. Listening to Keoni’s instructions we paddled in unison following Kalani’s strokes. Keoni sang traditional Polynesian songs and spoke to us in Hawaiian. We would paddle a few strokes on each side and then listen for his instructions to switch.

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