LAIE, Hawaii – Adventurous individuals can get their feet wet trying out the official team sport of Hawaii, outrigger canoe paddling, right at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC). Guests can now hop onboard one of five newly-built, four-person outrigger canoes and paddle their way through the PCC’s winding lagoon with the help of an experienced paddler and guide.
“Outriggers were the preferred craft of many Polynesians for daily life,” said Raymond Magalei, Director of Marketing at the PCC, “Today, outrigger canoe racing has become a popular sport, with clubs located around the world. It was even named the official team sport of Hawaii in 1986. Guests can now experience the excitement and teamwork that goes into paddling in a beginner friendly and fun environment.”
Multiple canoes will be available for aspiring paddlers, and will run throughout the day from noon to 5:30 pm. In addition to the already introduced cooking demos, umu making, coconut tree climbing, spear throwing, and now canoe paddling, upcoming “Go Native!” activities include, Hawaiian quilt making and pareu (sarong) dying, and Te Here (forever), a Tahitian wedding celebration.
For more information on prices or to make reservations, call the PCC ticket office at (800) 367-7060 or visit www.Polynesia.com. On Oahu, call 293-3333.
Founded in 1963 as a non-profit organization, the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) has entertained more than 36 million visitors, while preserving and portraying the culture, arts, and crafts of Polynesia to the rest of the world. In addition, the PCC has provided financial assistance to nearly 17,000 young people from more than 70 different countries, while they attend Brigham Young University-Hawaii. As a non-profit organization, 100 percent of PCC’s revenue is used for daily operations and to support education.
PHOTO: Adventurous individuals can get their feet wet trying out the official team sport of Hawaii, outrigger canoe paddling, right at the Polynesian Cultural Center