Nine teams of canoe makers will participate in the 8th annual International Festival of Canoes, from islands such as New Zealand, Tahiti and Tonga.
The boat carving teams will have two weeks to turn solid logs into canoes which represent their cultural traditions by using handmade axes, digging sticks and chisels.
After the canoes are built, they will be birthed into the ocean and taken for a test-drive or paddle near the Kaanapali Beach shoreline.
Event spokesperson Karee Karlucci says the canoes will range from 12 to 36 feet in length and hold anywhere from four to eight people.
Karlucci hopes the festival, which ends May 29, sheds more light on the regions ancestors and the resources they had to use to survive.
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