Hawaiian outrigger canoe – another treasure at NMAI

The other treasure to be found at The National Museum of the American Indian is a Hawaiian outrigger canoe.

I love this boat – the native Koa wood is so rich – you can see why there was such a ritual around the treatment of these trees.

The boat is built by native Hawaiians, and while they have used some modern materials and techniques, it is pretty true in spirit.


It does have all these patches on it, which disappoints me everytime I see it. I guess they don’t make Koa trees the way they used to… pretty tough when the good ones have been logged already…

Location: Hawaii, USA

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