(Credit Fairmont Hotels and Resorts)
Getting this up close and personal with these massive mammals makes it worth getting up at the crack of dawn and tearing myself away from the Fairmont Kea Lani.
I mean, how often does one have the opportunity to take a traditional Hawaiian canoe out for a spin with a Greek god? It’s like, totally romantic, or would be if those other keeners weren’t with us.
It’s smooth sailing once you’re out on the water. (Credit Fairmont Hotels and Resorts)
Roughly 40 feet long with a flotation device on either side, these outrigger, Hawaiian canoes fit far too many people for my liking, and are what brought the Polynesians to this archipelago over a thousand years ago.
We begin by learning all sorts of easily forgettable Hawaiian words, before Chris blows into a conch shell in the four directions of the wind. Praying to the Hawaiian gods before embarking on our adventure seems cheesy and very Fantasy Island, but hotties can pretty much be forgiven anything. Then we carry the canoe into the water and hoist our hoes (perhaps they were poes?), beginning to paddle in search of marine life.