Hoe Wa’a (Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Paddle)

Experience Hawaii with an authentic outrigger canoe paddle to Na Mokulua island with a local waterman.

Summary: Jump into a Hawaiian outrigger canoe (wa’a) with a local waterman to leave Waikiki far behind. Along the way, you will learn the Hawaiian and Polynesian voyaging history, explore the coral reefs with honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) and other native marine life, and walk Na Mokulua bird-sanctuary. On the way back, expect to catch some waves for outrigger canoe surfing.

Tour Highlights

  • 3-hour tour with trips leaving in the morning and close to noon
  • An outrigger canoe tour is our favorite way to experience and learn Hawaiian culture
  • Paddle out to the Mokes and explore one island as watermen tell the mo’olelo (stories) of the rich history of the region, and surf waves on the way back
  • Leaves from Kailua Beach on the windward coast of Oahu (35-minutes from Waikiki)
  • For ages 3 and over (my 72-year-old dad enjoyed his outrigger canoe trip!)
  • A canoe can hold 6 guests. Larger groups will be split between canoes.
  • High winds and rough surf may cause a trip cancellation, Kailua Ocean Adventures will contact you
  • Paddling is required
  • You will get wet


About Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Tour

Explore Kailua with local watermen on the wa’a (canoe) as they share the history and cultural significance of canoeing on the Hawaiian and Polynesian Cultures. Paddle the clear waters of Kailua as we journey to explore offshore islets of Na Mokulua, two private wildlife sanctuary islands.

The tour leaves from the beautiful Kailua Beach. Local guides direct you as you get to partake in a true Hawaiian hands-on experience. A paddling adventure like no other. Experience the openness of the Hawaii waters along the way is truly amazing!

During the paddling adventure, you will be given the opportunity to explore the ecosystem as you paddle through the glistening, clear coral reefs of Kailua with honu (sea turtles) and other native sea life. While on the islands enjoy the views of the Ko’olau range surrounding us as local watermen tell the mo’olelo (stories) of the rich history of the region. Explore and learn about the many native inhabitants that call the Mokuluas home.

On the ride back, you’ll have the unique opportunity to catch some waves on the canoe and surf Hawaiian style; an original favorite pastime of Hawaiians.

Details to Know for Your Trip

The tour includes bottled water. Remember to bring sunscreen, sun-protective clothing, and snacks. Snorkel equipment is not provided but you may bring your own as there is time to snorkel on the island. They will ask for your weight prior to the trip and for you to sign a liability waiver.

Arrive early to secure parking at Kailua Beach Park.

While canoeing is a relaxing experience, expect to get wet on the tour as you push the canoe into the water and get splashed while paddling. All participants are expected to paddle as outrigger canoeing is a team activity!


Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Tour by Kailua Ocean Adventure

About Kailua Ocean Adventure

Kailua Ocean Adventure is a local Oahu company with values rooted in Hawaiian culture – ohana (family), kuleana (balancing what we give and take from the earth), and aloha ‘aina (preserve the land and sea).

They strive to provide an authentic experience, both culturally and historically, based on the use of the wa’a (canoe) and its roots in Polynesian culture. Immerse yourself in the Hawaiian waterman culture through their stories and exploring the waters of Kailua Bay.

They partner with non-profits and after-school programs by offering their resources and time to mentor keiki on the ocean and as our future caretakers of the islands.

Book online directly with Kailua Ocean Adventure by using this link.


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