My friend, Tevita Kunato, was commissioned to build a canoe for the Rainbow Hilton in Waikiki. I guess it will be used in their private lagoon for photo shoots as part of a “honeymoon package” – you get to paddle around for a bit while they take your picture.
Tevita is a wood carver/artist (read my blog post about him here) and has made several traditional outrigger canoes from whole tree logs but he was concerned that with daily use the hotel wouldn’t maintain the canoe properly. Knowing I make canoes from marine plywood and fiberglass he asked me to build the hull, once it was complete he flew over from Hilo and stayed at my house for a couple weeks. I assisted him as he worked his magic transforming a plain outrigger canoe hull into a ‘Pacific Island Fusion’ work of art!