One of the great things about living on Maui is the opportunity to participate in events that are centered around Hawaiian and Polynesian culture. I’ve been working with the Kaʻanapali Beach Resort Association for a little over three years now. I put together the digital media strategies and often do the photography for their big events.
This weekend, I was on the beach fronting the The Whaler as part of the media team participating in the 9th annual Waʻa Kiakahi 2013. Every year, the Hawaiian Canoe Association (HSCA) holds a race between the islands of Hawaiʻi. During their stop on Maui, they give rides to the general public and educate people about the waʻa tradition.
Waʻa means canoe in Hawaiian. These canoes are unique in that they are constructed in the same way the ancient Hawaiians used to, by lashing together all the pieces. There can be over 100 pieces in one canoe, and it can take a crew of 6 an entire day to assemble them into a race-worthy vessel. To sail it, you need supreme skills in surfing, sailing, paddling and navigation among others, as you never know what conditions you’ll be facing in the open ocean.
Read more about this great event at the Kaʻanapali Beach Resort Association website:
Wa’a Kiakahi Starts with Arrival of HSCA
Wa’a Kiakahi 2013
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