Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Adventure

Board a wa’a from the beach and set out across the bay.

Summary: Erica and I have found one of the best cultural experiences you can do on the islands is paddling on an outrigger canoe tour. Let Kona Boys share Hawaiian watermen’s skills, learn to paddle as a team, and soak up the rich Hawaiian history.

Hawaiian Outrigger (wa’a) Canoe Tour Highlights

  • Group (6-people max) or private tour available
  • 1-hour tour, leaving throughout the day
  • Cental Kailua-Kona location: departs from the protected Kamakahonu Beach on Kailua Bay
  • Talk story, learn to paddle an outrigger canoe and explore the Kailua-Kona coast


Tour Details for Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Tour

Feel the history of Hawaii with a ride in a traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoe. The local waterman will teach you the basics in Kamakahonu Cove and then you’ll paddle into Kailua Bay where they will share some of the area’s rich history and watch for the antics of the often present Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins.

Enjoy Kona’s amazing waters and beautiful coastline in the tradition of the Hawaiians themselves.  Kona Boys’ guide/steersman will give you a beach-side orientation before you board the wa’a and launch from the protected beach at Kamakahonu Bay.

As you paddle into Kailua Bay and explore the coastline, they will share stories about some of the local landmarks, the rich history of the area, and the role of the wa’a in Hawaiian culture.  It’s a great trip for the entire family so schedule your wa’a ride.

What to Bring for Your Outrigger Canoe Ride

  • Sunscreen and sun-protective clothing
  • Towel (you will get wet)
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Meet the Kona Boys

Kona Boys have been serving Hawaii for 20 years now. Their roots were planted along the shores of Kealakekua Bay in 1996 and with nourishment from the community, they have managed to flourish on the Big Island. As they grow they become more aware of, dedicated to, and passionate about the community, culture, and natural beauty of their Hawaiian home and more aware of their role as a small business in contributing to the preservation of the environmental and cultural integrity of the Big Island.

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