Tom Pohaku Stone is convinced the ancient sport of hee holua or lava sledding could be the next hot Olympic sport and insists riding down a volcano on a 12-foot-long sled made of Hawaiian hardwoods and coconut fiber is relatively safe.
In his words, Considering the sports we do today, I dont know why everyone thinks this is so crazy.
Some people think the sport involves sledding on molten lava, but Stone says the slides are actually built on lava rock covered in pili grass and that the course follows what was once a lava flow.
He adds that slides can be made on any mountain, which is why it would be a great Olympic sport, and that everyone should wear a malo, or loincloth.
But before that happens, Stone is focused on getting the best hee holua sledders he can find together for an event he hopes will take place in Hawaii next summer.
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