Thursday, July 28, 2005

Hawaiians See Lava Sledding As Potential Olympic Sport

HONOLULU (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Lava sledding could leave luging in the dust at the next Olympics if a Hawaiian cultural studies college professor has his way.

Tom “Pohaku” Stone is convinced the ancient sport of “he’e 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 don’t 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 he’e holua sledders he can find together for an event he hopes will take place in Hawaii next summer.

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