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               Blue Canoe Hawaii

King of the Hawaiian Canoe- Jimmy Thurston at In's & Out's


"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 hitching post that said: "Home of the Hawks."


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 moored on the water fronting the Outrigger Canoe Club (OCC) and the the Elk's Club...where they filmed the movie "The Desendents." 


There are roughly fourteen Hawaiian canoes in the BLUE CANOE HAWAII zone with various riggings for surfing, sailing, and/or fishing. The special molds and templates that create these canoes reflect authentic Hawaiian cultural roots that are expressed most distinctly in the OCC two man canoes: "Duke" & "Dad."


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


True watermen like Jimmy Thurston (King of the Hawaiian Canoe), Dale Hope, Mark Norfleet, Andrew Glatzel, Bruce Black, Matt Rigg, Alika Winter, the Gamble Brothers. Patrick Reagan, Pastor Willie, Ka'au, Mike Town, and more...young and old who steer the blue water. This little lagoon of Hawaiian canoes has a wealth of history. More on that later!


So, if you want to see & feel what it is like to surf down an ocean sprayed wave with Diamond Head as your back drop - look up Hawaii Beachboys or Aloha Spirit Hawaii because these watermen will go for it and give you the ride of your life!


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