Paddle an Outrigger & Learn a Hawaiian Tradition

by Lokahi Canoe Club

Paddle a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe down the Ala Wai Canal into the ocean with beautiful views of Waikiki, Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park and Diamond Head. This non-profit program aims to educate and foster opportunities for travelers and locals to learn and engage in the Hawaiian paddling culture with respect to the traditional practice and spirit of aloha.  With your support, we will be able to continue these opportunities that keep a sustainable tradition alive for future generations to enjoy.


  • Traditional modern Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe
  • Breathtaking views uniquely seen while on the water
  • Life enhancing skill
  • Cultural learning into a local tradition
  • Easy walk from most Waikiki hotels
  • Paddles provided

Know before you book

  • Must be able to Paddle for half-an-hour or more without stopping
  • Can swim and handle yourself in the ocean
  • Waiver signed onsite; under age 18 must have parent or guardian present
  • No drop-ins – must book using the calendar link on this page
  • $10 cash donation to Lokahi nonprofit is suggested on-site

8 reviews

  1. Something truly unique

    Everybody should experience this unique Hawaiian tradition at least once!

  2. Hawaiian Tradition You Won't Want to Miss

    It was such a cool experience to learn this Hawaiian tradition. The hosts were very helpful and taught us how to paddle in sync. My favorite part was watching the sunset from the water at Magic Island. Breath taking!

  3. Great Experience!

    Thanks so much to the team of the Lokahi Canoe Club it was such a cool experience and I enjoyed paddling so much that I will do it again for sure. Moreover, it is a good workout and you get a great and unique view of the city from the water.

  4. Amazing experience…and workout! Super friendly locals that were great to share this with. Mahalo!

  5. Join a real Hawaiian Outrigger Team

    In Hawaii, you can frequently watch outrigger canoe clubs paddling the canals, bays and open ocean. However, this is one of the rare cases where tourists usually don`t have access to join a real Hawaiian Outrigger Team. travel2change offers a special experience to practice with club members. It was a great workout, and we were rewarded by having a quick swim in the open ocean – that was incredible.

  6. This was my first experience and I was so comfortable with the people especially the members of the Hawaiian Outrigger Team. I came to a conclusion that paddling increases focusing, team work, timing and also being in the present if you regularly exercise. Besides, mind and muscle coordination!

    Be ready to get wet. This is a must do experience, at least once! Thanks for this opportunity.

  7. Newbie

    This was an awesome experience but now something my family and I can say that we’ve done. If you’re going as a family don’t expect to all be in the same boat but you will be together. Suggestion for the club, make sure that the steering in the back is aware that it’s peoples first times and not to yell at them to make them never want to try again. Me and my youngest daughter were with the instructor and he was very nice and encouraging. My husband and older daughter didn’t have the same experience. Still a great adventure and we can say we did it! ?

  8. A magical Experience

    I often see people paddling on Outrigger canoes and always wanted to experience it, I just didn’t know how to get access to it.
    Finally, my dream came true when I found travel2change!
    Words cannot describe how magical it was to paddle out under the moonlight, knowing that this experience was possible thanks to many generations of Hawaiians keeping the tradition alive.
    Everybody was very friendly, willing to help and teach me the paddling techniques. I was nervous at the beginning because I’ve never done it before, but they emphasized that more than stressing out on doing it right, it was all about having fun. Besides, it was an excellent full-body workout. I would totally do it again!

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