HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Summer is upon us and that means we are now embarking on the Outrigger Canoe paddling's regatta season. Amy Kalili has more with some cultural and historical context on this Hawaiian sport that helps us maintain a healthy active lifestyle as we perpetuate our Hawaiian traditions.
Aloha kauwela e ko Hawaiʻi. Ua pili nô ka nui o kâkou i ka hoewaʻa ma kekahi ʻano, inâ ma ke komo kino a i ʻole me ke kâkoʻo i nâ hoa a ʻohana paha.
Most of us in Hawaiʻi have had some kind of exposure to paddling, personally or through supporting friends and family!
It's a great hawaiian sport.
You can come out and paddle and you get hooked on it and you gonna paddle for a long time because it's such a comfortable sport to be on the water with 5 other people.
Richard "Babes" Bell
Hui Hoewaʻa ʻo Ânuenue
He haʻuki Hawaiʻi nô hoʻi. Hei ʻia nô ka poʻe i ka ʻoluʻolu a me ka launa kanaka ma ka pôʻaiapili honukai.
He pôʻaiaili ʻoluʻolu a he hana kuʻuna Hawaiʻi nô hoʻi, i loko hoʻi o ka nui loli i ʻike ʻia ma ka holo o nâ makahiki.
It's fun and it's traditionally Hawaiian, despite the changes over the years.
He mea koʻikoʻi ka hoewaʻa iaʻu no ka mea, ʻo ia ko mâkou pilina i ka wâ kahiko. He mea e hoʻohanohano i nâ kûpuna o Hawaiʻi nei.
Hoe Waʻa, Hui Lanakila
It's our connection to the past, honoring our heritage.
When I was young, you know, you jump in the canoe, go fish little bit.
Joseph "Nappy" Napoleon
Haku, Hui Hoewaʻa ʻo Ânuenue
Ma mua, he nanea, he holoholo kai.
ʻAʻole i pili i ka heihei wale nô. He kiʻina hoʻolako meaʻai a he alakau nô hoʻi.
It wasn't about racing. It was a means for getting food and getting around.
ʻO kçlâ kekahi ʻano o ka poʻe Hawaiʻi i hele i nâ ʻano wahi like ʻole.
Hoe Waʻa, Hui Lanakila
It was a means to go here and there.
Ma muli o ke kâlele ʻia o ka heihei ʻana, ua loli ke kaila o ka hoe ʻana a me nâ pono hoe waʻa kekahi.
Because of the focus on racing, the styles and equipment have changed too.
Before you know that paddles were real this high you know, big blades. Now the paddles are about and real, paper light.
There were no t-tops.
Geez the canoes were 600 pounds.
Ma mua, lôʻihi loa nâ ʻau, laulâ nâ pâlaulau. Mâmâ loa i kçia manawa.
ʻAʻohe pâkuʻina o luna ma mua.
Ma kahi o ka 600 paona o ka waʻa!
Mau nô naʻe ka nani o kçia pôʻaiapili i wahi e launa ai ka ʻohana a mâlama ʻia ai ka pilina o nâ hanauna ma ka hana Hawaiʻi.
It's still a great family environment and place of intergenerational learning.
Ua hoewa'a ko'u 'ohana mai ka manawa lôʻihi loa.
…koʻu tûtû wahine mai kona wâ kamaliʻi
me koʻu makuakâne mai kona wâ ʻôpio.
My whole family, including my grandma and dad, has paddled since childhood!
Ua hoewa'a au no 10 makahiki, mai ka papa 7.
mai ke kula kaiapuni ʻo Ânuenue. No laila, he mea nui kçlâ no mâkou no ka mea kula Hawaiʻi mâkou a he haʻuki Hawaiʻi (cut from 0106398…010640,06) ʻO ia ke kumu he mea nui noʻu mai ka wâ ʻôpio.
I paddled since 7th grade at Ânuenue immerson school. It was our Hawaiian sport at this Hawaiian school and it's always been a part of my life.
A loaʻa pû kekahi kumu ahuwale e komo nui ai ka poʻe i ka hoewaʻa ʻana.
And of course, there's another reason many get into paddling.
Maikaʻi ka hoʻoikaika kino.
Leʻaleʻa noʻu a me koʻu mau hoaaloha (clean up the space here) ka hoʻoikaika kino.
It's great exercise!
Senior Women, Hui Lanakila
We enjoy it!
He mea nui ka hoe waʻa ʻana noʻu no ka mea ʻo kçlâ kekahi hâuki o ka wâ kahiko.
He hana Hawaiʻi hiki ke hoʻomau.
It's our traditional Hawaiian sport and one we should perpetuate.
No laila, i kau hoewaʻa maikaʻi iâ ʻoukou e ko Hawaiʻi mau hoewaʻa a no ka poʻe i komo ʻole i kçia kauwela, e noʻonoʻo hou no kçia kau aʻe!
A great season to all paddlers and for others, think it about for next summer!