Outrigger Canoe trip is definitely a must!

Trip Start Jul 02, 2013
Trip End Jul 09, 2013

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VRBO, Pukalani
What I did
Fishpond Cultural Canoe Tour
NOAA, Kihei
Monsoon Indian Restaurant, Kihei

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Friday, July 5, 2013

For anyone loves learning about Hawaiian culture and great workout, Fishpond Cultural Canoe Tour is for you!!!  Highly recommended it!  All proceeds go to preserve & restore the ancient Hawaiian fishpond.

Met our guide Kimokeo, an outrigger canoeing expert, and a volunteer from Kihei canoeing club Kurt.  Curtis, I, and another couple from Bay area launched our canoe.  Sounds silly, but we spent a lot of energy and time moving the canoe on the beach to get ready for the launch.  By the time the canoe was ready to be paddled, we already had full body warm-up.

Kimokeo started the trip by leading us to chant, to thank all gods (earth, sky, ancestors) and to gain permission &  blessing to enter the ocean.  They even had canoe for kids, same size, but with much smaller partition in between seats.  As the native Hawaiian kids learn about navigation since they're 5 years old.

We enjoyed every second of the paddling experience.  Out in the ocean, listening to our guide chanting, repeating the chanting without any clues of meaning of the chants.  Kimokeo has very good voice, with non-stop paddling, I came to appreciate the importance of chanting in the sea.  It does keep the morale & spirits high!!! 

One of the highlights of the trip was I ate a LIVE limpet, after Kimokeo asked for volunteer to sample one.  I was so excited!  Limpet tastes like grilled abalone.  It's a treat for me, never thought I could taste one in my life.  Especially after the tidepool docent training, as everything in the Reserve is protected.

We had a chat with the volunteer Kurt after the paddle, he suggests us to check out Kihei Canoe Club next time if we like outrigger canoe.  All proceeds funds local youth program, great cause.  The club takes public out Tue/Thu morning.

We then checked out NOAA visitor center, which shares the same parking lot with canoeing trip.  Lots of info about sea turtles and other marine mammals, we feel more educated about sea turtles after reading the displays.

Lunch at Monsoon Indian restaurant, at the suggestion of NOAA volunteer.  The restaurant is at first a bit tricky to find, as it's hiding in the apartment complex.  Food was very good, we had it "spicy", which was really spicy.  The view was picture perfect.  Looking out, we could see fishpond, the ocean, the mountain.  Just like postcard pix!

Visited Bailey House, which used to be a girls' boarding school, housing the missionary's children and prepare them for the marriage.  Girls married young that time, the girls went to the school were tweens (before age 13).

Going back to rest, and skipping the Friday Town Party at Wailuku.  Got to rest up for tomorrow morning's kayak & snorkeling trip.  I guess I do run a tight schedule, hope Curtis gets some rest from the vacation, not exhaust him.......erh.....

Oh, and had to finish the not so good budget movie "Open Water", a true but terror movie about a newly wed couple's first dive trip went wrong - none survived, after the guy was attacked by shark, and the woman drifted off.  Sorry, Curtis, for picking the wrong movie to start, the night before our outrigger trip.  Now we'd our first time in Hawaiian water, I feel a bit better about going back tomorrow morning.
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The movie was "Open Water". What a choice before our snorkling outing!

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