History of Outrigger Canoes

Maui Canoe ToursOutrigger Canoe Paddling started hundreds of years ago in ancient Polynesia, and then was brought here to the islands. Polynesian voyagers used just the stars, wind & their paddles to travel thousands of miles to what we now know as Hawaii. It is an integral part of the Hawaiian culture & was an essential form of transportation. It helped to sustain the Hawaiian way of life- fishing, recreation & transportation between the islands were all possible because of the outrigger. It was how the Polynesians arrived here & how the Hawaiians were able to thrive.

Maui Paddle Sports honors this history & tradition by teaching the sport of paddling and passing this knowledge on to future generations.