How Outrigger Canoe Paddling Is A Sport That Has Deeper Meaning Than Its Externality

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More Than Just Paddling Outrigger Canoe Paddling is a sport that has deeper meaning than its externality. People that do not paddle only see the outside of the sport: a canoe with a flotation device on the side, and people putting paddles into the water. However, as a paddler myself, I discovered the internal aspect of the sport. During a long search I have discovered four intriguing sources. First is a book titled Hawai’i Sports: History, Facts, and Statistics by Dan Cisco. Cisco holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Hawai’i 1991. The next source is an article titled Digging To Diamond Head by Kenny Moore. Moore is an athlete and journalist that graduated from University of Oregon. Third source is an academic journal titled Voyage to Polynesia’s Land’s End by Ben Finney. Finney is a Social Anthropologist and a navigator in canoe sailing. The fourth source is an interview from my own coach Sheila Sanford. Sanford is a previous outrigger canoe paddler for 27 years, canoe club owner (of ‘Alapa Hoe Canoe Club) for 22 years, Club Representative, Fundraiser Coordinator, and Vice President of ‘Oahu Hawai’ian Canoe Racing Association (OHCRA). As my coach I have learned so much about paddling than I did before. Indeed I believe that there is more to it than the surface. However, people are easily judging the sport by how it looks and not taking the time to know the deeper meaning behind it. Let us discuss the first word that defines (in…

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