When I asked my husband what he’d like to do during our Hawaii vacation, he said “surfing”. While my pregnancy and gluten allergies got in the way of us doing any surfing, Hawaiian Surf Adventures offered for us to learn the ancient sport of authentic Hawaiian canoeing with a tour by a 12th generation native Hawaiian, Nobie.
We found this card hanging in the store, hilarious and so perfect!
We received the canoe tour in exchange for review, all thoughts are my own.
“This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for tourists and locals alike to learn REAL Hawaiian history, geography and folklore and see the “other side” of Diamond Head, along with the majestic cliff-line of Koko Head Crater.”
Nobie was friendly, helpful, and passionate about Hawaiian canoeing. He explained to our tour group that he made the canoes and paddles by hand. He cut down the tree used to make them himself. He took the time to show us the technique of holding the paddle the right way, how to move our bodies to get the most effective stroke, and the commands to work as a team in the long double hull canoes.
We learned so much and were able to see the south eastern shore of Oahu from a different vantage point than most tourists. The water was refreshing and a gorgeous hue of blue.
Nobie offered us a few chances to dive in the Pacific Ocean but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get my pregnant self back up in to the canoe from the water. We saw sea turtles, the white sands beneath the salty water, and rode some fun waves!
Nobie is a knowledgeable guide who has studied Volcano-logy and wishes to spread his love for his land and people with anyone who will listen. He talks so fast, but is a gracious host answering any questions and diving deep in to the history of the land and its people.
The most memorable thing he taught us was the history of the “hang loose” hand signal. It’s not just for surfers! Hawaiians use the shaka to convey the “Aloha Spirit”, a concept of friendship, understanding, compassion, and solidarity among the various ethnic cultures that reside within Hawaii, lacking a direct semantic to literal translation.
Hawaiian Surf Adventures offers so much more than just surfing and canoeing. Check out their website for other activities like Stand Up Paddle lessons, Scuba lessons and tours, and Diving lessons.