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.