Paddle party

The ultimate canoe confab in Lahaina, Maui

After decades of decline, canoe culture is cresting again. The ultimate canoe confab takes place each May in Lahaina, Maui, at the International Festival of Canoes. During the two-week event, master builders from seven nations each carve a vessel in their indigenous style. Attendees can help christen the new vessels at the May 29, 2004, closing launch ceremony. The event also offers a stellar array of Polynesian music, dance, and chow as well as indigenous Hawaiian arts. Free; 9-6 daily May 15-30, 2004. Front St., Lahaina, HI; www.mauicanoefest.com or 888/310-1117. ― Alex Salkever