Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association

Aloha everyone! We are excited for our upcoming 2018 season! We have added an additional weekend and some new community days and cultural events to our schedule and hope to see you all along the way somewhere! Our schedule for 2018 is:

Weekend 1 - April 28-29
April 28: Keokea, Hawaii to Hana, Maui
April 29: Hana, Maui to Kahulu’i, Maui - Olukai Ho’olaulea

Weekend 2 – June 1-3
June 1: Kahulu’i, Maui to Ka’anapali, Maui
June 2: Wa’a Kiakahi - race partnered with Maui Jim Shootout
June 3: Coastal race on Maui

Weekend 3 – June 23-24
June 23: Ka’anapali to Kaunakakai, Moloka’i
June 24: Kaunakakai, Moloka’I to Waimanalo

Weekend 4 – July 14-15
July 14: Waimanalo, Oahu to Hakipu’u, Oahu
July 15: Hakipu’u, Oahu to Haleiwa, Oahu

Weekend 5 – August 18-19
August 18: Community Day at Haleiwa, Oahu
August 19: Na Holo Kai – Haleiwa, Oahu to Nawiliwili, Kaua’i

Weekend 6 – September 8-9
September 8: Community Day at Nawiliwili, Kaua’i
September 9: Kendall Cup – Nawiliwili, Kaua’i to Waimea, Kaua’i

PC: Gloria Reed


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Some Great News

“Canoes of Oceania,” originally published as three separate volumes from 1936 to 1938, has been reprinted in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Bishop Museum Press, Hawai‘i’s oldest book publisher!
The book, authored by ethnographers A.C. Haddon and James Hornell, has long been regarded as a classic text for those interested in the techniques, forms, materials, and functions of ocean-going canoes throughout the Pacific. The trilogy serves as a significant reference and has become an important source of inspiration for recent generations of oceanic voyagers, including members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
Get Your Own Copy Today! -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ulua Video

One of the thirteen molded fiberglass Uluas I built several years ago,
owned and sailed by Phil Dreifuss in New Zealand.  Video by Ian Ruru.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Outrigger Tribe

A Paraw from Bantayan Island in the Philippines.   Visit the Samal Outrigger page here.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hollow Wooden Surfboards

 Useful info if you wish to build a hollow ama.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Off The Mold

Gary Gunder's 24' Ulua hull fresh off the mold.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Ulua For Sale In NZ

Michael Coonrod has an Ulua for sale at Lake Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand.
The hull is made of Kahikatea and Red Cedar. The decks have Totara and Kahikatea. It's set up with a stub mast rig for windsurfer sails. The boom was made for windsurfer sails, and any windsurfer sail can be adapted to fit this rig. This is the high wind sail, but it has two others that could go with the boat if wanted as well. It can also be sold with a 2HP mercury. 
Contact Michael at:

Monday, October 23, 2017

Shop Boondoggles

Here is a series of videos showing the steps in constructing the Ulua hull.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Advanced Lashing Techniques

While my small outriggers don't require this degree of effort in lashing them together, it is still of great interest to see how larger vessels accomplish this task.  Lashings reduce the stress concentrations that would result from simply bolting things together.  The first time I took my Ulua surfing and watched it cartwheel though the surf after it threw me out, I have been sold on lashings.  If it had been bolted together I would have been gathering up pieces, but instead it was completely intact.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

What We Should Be Doing

For most of the last ten years we have taken a short flight up to Fiji where I have my Tamanu stored under a friends house.  A few hours to clean it up and put it back together and we're off for a couple weeks of exploring and trolling for those delicious Spanish Mackerel.   This year Rose has had surgery on her shoulder and won't be doing anything too active for a few more months.  So we'll be staying at home until next season when I'll be trialing a new lug sail made out of an old sail.