Marshallese Canoes

Keeping the tradition of sailing canoes alive

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Riwut Racing

Riwut Racing

Riwut canoes are miniature canoes that zip along at high speeds. Riwut racing seems to have phases of popularity, but in recent years, if you go to the Marshall Islands Club (on the back road in Uliga) in the early evening, you will often see dozens of the miniature canoes being raced along the oceanside reef. The Read More

 
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Canoe trip ‘out of this world’

Canoe trip ‘out of this world’

Jacque Spence, Executive Vice President of the Canvasback Medical Missions, and her team recently went sailing on a couple of traditional Marshallese canoes. Her verdict? “Sailing on a Marshallese canoe is out of this world!  Marshallese were master canoe builders, indigenous navigators and amazing sailors.  It is so great that they are making efforts to Read More

 
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WAM Open Day

WAM Open Day

WAM Director Alson Kelen explained to the audience why the program always includes women: We went to the Council of Chiefs and they did not need to stop and think about it, because they understood that everyone in the community has a task to do when making and sailing a canoe. It doesn’t matter if Read More

 
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Canoes of the Marshalls

Canoes of the Marshalls

Waan Aelõñ in Majel (Canoes of the Marshall Islands) is based in Delap, just west of the Marshall Islands Resort. The grassroots non-profit, non-government organization known as WAM trains Marshall Islands youth based on the traditions of the Marshallese canoe. Sail on a canoe: Have the ride of your life on a traditional Marshallese canoe. Read More

 
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Traditional Navigation Chant

Traditional Navigation Chant

The late Lijon Eknilang, a master navigator from Rongelap Atoll, performs a traditional Marshallese navigation chant. To learn more about Marshallese canoes and traditional navigation, visit the Waan Aelon in Majel site.  

 
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Setting Sail on Ailuk 1

Dave and Linda Allen of the yacht Irish Melody captured this series of launching a canoe on the beach at Ailuk Atoll.