Waikiki Hotel Displays Koa Wood Outrigger Canoe

Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 27 (DHN) – Looking to connect with the culture of Hawaii while in Waikiki on vacation? Head down to the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel, located right next to the Halekulani Hotel and in front of the new Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk. In the beautiful lobby you can view a stunning koa wood outrigger canoe that is nearly one-hundred years old.
Thought to have been built in Kona in 1915 from a single log of koa, this Big Island outrigger canoe was named Kaiolohia (Calm Tranquil Sea). The 34 foot surfing canoe held six passengers and was regularly used for fishing and race training. Prominently displayed in the recently renovated hotel lobby, the canoe and giant paddle are accompanied by a video that tells the story of this beautiful boat. The outrigger canoe was renamed the Stephanie in 1942 when it was sold to a new owner on the island of Oahu. Restored in 2000 by Outrigger Canoe Club member and canoe builder Tay W. Perry, the canoe was entrusted to the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel by the Outrigger Canoe Club in 2002.

New Renovations to Outrigger Reef

The Outrigger Reef on the Beach recently underwent a $110 million transformation. With all new guestrooms and common areas, the hotel has a new sitting room that features a library of books on Hawaii and Hawaiian artifacts from the Bishop Museum. The remodel even includes a new pool that guests have loved. Not only can you inspect the koa wood canoe, the Outrigger Reef in Waikiki is also displaying paintings of the late Herb Kane that deal with Hawaiian history and culture, including canoes. A visit to the Outrigger Reef on the Beach is a great thing to do in Oahu on your Hawaiian vacation. All content, unless otherwise noted, is created by and for Discover Hawaii News, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discover Hawaii Tours. © 2011

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