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The Great Mahele

The Great Māhele: The Origin Of Hawaiian Land Titles At the time of Captain Cook’s contact with the Hawaiian Islands the land was divided into several independent Kingdoms. By right of conquest, each King was owner of all the lands within his jurisdiction. After selecting lands for himself, the King allotted the remaining to the…

Molokai in a Nutshell

Molokai is a very special place here in Hawaii, a place shrouded in secrecy and mystery even to locals from the different islands. My friends were always surprise at my extensive knowledge of the island – its place names, stories and people. My father, who is a photographer, is an expert in Molokai place names….

Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Racing

On our tours I often talk about how I got into Hawaiian canoe sailing in the first place, which led to our awesome tour here at Maui Sailing Canoe. I grew up racing outriggers on Oahu, paddling mostly for the Outrigger Canoe Club and Punahou School (it is an interscholastic sport here in Hawaii).   One summer I had a coach, Matt Buckman, for our U14 regatta season crew. During the summer he made a crew of a select few of us 13, 14, and 15 year olds, and with him steering we did the 100 mile Oahu to Kauai Na Holo Kai Hawaiian sailing canoe race. See, Matt was one of the original guys who started taking modern Hawaiian fiberglass canoes and rigging them up to sail inter island.   By the time I got involved, the Hawaiian Sailing…

Snorkeling Sea Life

Guests often ask what kind of ocean life we see on our tours. I’ll talk here about what we’ve seen over the seventeen years of operating Maui Sailing Canoe, and spending possibly more time sailing and paddling the beautiful water of Wailea more than anyone. Although we rarely go to snorkel Molokini, honestly, the nearshore…

Outrigger Canoe Paddling

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