A Hawai’ian Canoe Takes Shape

Pictures tell the story of how this traditional voyaging craft has come together.

Hawaiian Canoe
Peter MacGowan

In a state where canoe racing seemingly trumps hula dancing as the leading sport and pastime, they’re about to have a launching party for a new traditional Hawai’ian voyaging craft that will eventually set waypoints throughout the Pacific. The canoe, built through donations, and under construction on Maui, borrows both from the traditional and the present. Its hulls are cold-molded with a fiberglass outer skins, but many of its details and design elements speak to the vessels and builders who once plied the Pacific with out the benefits of modern navigational instruments. So break out the leis to celebrate this mix of old and new cultures.

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