Blue Canoe Hawaii

                                                                                                               Old Hawaiian Style


"......more than 2,500 canoes with 10,000 paddlers "

                                                                      Captain Cook wrote in his ships log anchored off  Kaelakekua Bay, 1779



      BLUE CANOE HAWAII is an area on the outskirts of Waikiki where a floatila of two man, four man and whatever man Hawaiian outrigger canoes have conslolidated over the years. The canoes are all floating on the waters fronting the Outrigger Canoe Club  and the the Elk's Lodge...where they filmed the movie "The Desendents." 


   There is about a dozen Hawaiian canoes in Kaluahole Channel with various riggings for surfing, sailing, and fishing.  The  Outrigger's two man canoes,  the "Duke" &  the "Dad", have the best shape and style for the small Hawaiian fishing canoe.


    Most of these canoe owners are huis (groups or clubs) that take them out to the beautiful blue waters off Waikiki and beyond.   Many of these waterman have  a deep connections to their canoes and fish, sail, and surf them well on any given day.


    If you want to see & feel what it is like to take to the waters at the foot of Diamond Head,  in a privite canoe ride with an expert waterman, try neat  personal Kapakahi Canoe Tours with Mark, Pat and Morrisa.


   Expert sailor/waterman  Bruce (Hokule'a - PVS crew member) and first mate Cindy,  can take you sailing in an outrigger sailing canoe ride for a "hands on" adventure that can be  wet & wild or  relaxing,  with a peaceful breeze -  Aloha Spirit Hawaii.     


                                                           Thurston  canoe surfing at In & Out's







                                                           Old Hawaiian Style


"Love many, trust few and paddle your own canoe."


  "Love many, trust few and paddle your own canoe."    This is a quote I saw above a door in a house in Niu Valley. The ohana house was next to a horse corral that had a sign on a hitchingpost that said: "Home of the Hawks."


      OLD HAWAIIAN STYLE  t-shirts where very popular during the golden years of the 1980's and 90's.  This was a fun time  to be a textile artist in Hawaii's  colorful clothing industry.


                                            " If you can live it . you can create it' "


     Anyway I was designing yardage for Sun Fashion (Kahala Sportswear) when I happen to come across one of Howard's old HRH aloha shirt labels called  "Hawaiian Style".  I found the label under one of the long fabric tables used for cutting the cloth.   I thought this is real neat. Dale (The Aloha Shirt) was looking for a new name for a new clothing line.  We talked about what was the meaning  of Hawaiian Style while sitting on the beach at Kahala.  We had all kinds ideas from little kid days growing up in Hawaii.   I got to draw fish, fishing, surfing, popular local locations, water sports, Hawaiiana and whatever made us happy.


       We drew up some sketches.  Showed Charlie, the head seamtress, and the office girls to see what they thought.  They liked the designs.  Everyone has a little "local " in them here in the islands.  We passed the finshed art work to  masterprinter Sanford (Ohana Fabrics) to do some t-shirt samples.  Off we went.  Liberty House (now Macys) loved the concept and went  "handline and sinker" in retailing the brand.  Not only did Liberty House run with HS but the small mom & pop fishing  supplies stores like "Charlies" did too.   Marketing genius. Dale, created "a store with inside of a store"  like a  full on Fish Market  with scales, tide calenders, thrownet and fishnet.   Whatever, you name it.


      The Hawaiian Style t-shirt line helped compliment the aloha shirts of His Royal Highness - HRH,  which evolved into Kahala.  In fact we figured,  'what the heck'  and   created a new clothing line called Kahala Bay Club  to have somewhere to go to hang out.   The  beach front KBC club rules were:


                                 " No dues, membership is free and everyone gets in "


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