Hawaii’s connection to canoeing extends beyond being a means of transportation. Canoe’s embody Hawaii’s history, identity and community. Voyaging holds deep cultural and spiritual significance that is passed down from one generation to the next. The act of navigating the open ocean is seen as a way of connecting to one’s ancestors, land, and the elements.
“The canoe is not a boat... it has a spirit of its own.”
Despite spanning thousands of miles, the connection between the Hawaiian Islands and the lush Pacific Northwest is deeply rooted in generations that have forged bonds with the sea through canoeing.
Josiah Kamila-Padillo – Kailua-Kona, Hawaii & Joe Rodriguez – Skagit Valley, Washington