Thursday, May 5, 2005

Hawaiian Canoe Festival Opens Door To Past

LAHAINA, Hawaii (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The sound of mallets, chisels and hatchets will ring through the air starting May 14 when canoe makers from all over the Pacific Rim showcase their boat making skills on Maui, Hawaii.

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 Ka’anapali 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 region’s ancestors and the resources they had to use to survive.

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