The ocean has always been central to life in Hawai‘i, providing food, cultural benefits and recreation. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, Hawaiians once sustained abundant coral reef fisheries and sophisticated fish pond aquaculture. On our 2 hours SUP tour we will tell you the story of Lahaina back when this sacred place was mostly wet lands. What challenges its natural resources have been facing to this day and how our community works together in hope to restore them.
The "Kumulipo" is an ancient Hawaiian creation chant that explains how life began. The chant tells us that the "KO'A" (coral polyp) was the first organism created and that life in the sea and life on land are inexorably connected. On our SUP adventure tours, your guide introduces you to the history and coral formation of this specific area and also its marine life. You will learn about the importance of coral reefs the world and how YOU can make a difference to protect them!
Did you know that up until 1848, Lahaina was mostly made out of wetlands? Those large ponds were formed by an abundant fresh water source coming down from Kaua'ula Valley through underground lava tubes to the sea, the epitome of wealth in old Hawai'i! But at that time, the rise of the sugar plantations began to divert the water from the Lahaina wetlands, rendering the site a stagnant swamp. By 1910, it was completely filled in to prevent mosquito growth. Find out how that event impacted Lahaina culturally and ecologically and how our community is working together to protect our environment.
Beginner level, all the equipment is included . option to bring a snorkel set on this tour.