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The Hawaiian Canoe Malia is a 6-man Hawaiian racing canoe hewn from a single koa (Acacia koa) log in 1933. When launched she measured 39′-2″, but over time was modified twice. In 1950 she was lengthened to 39′-6″, and in 1973 she was lengthened to her present racing measure of 40′-1″. Typical of Hawaiian racing canoes, she is very sleek, has parallel gunwales, and has her greatest depth abaft the mid-section below the fourth seat making her resistant to turning. Her hull averages 5/8″ thick, her extreme width is 1′-8 and 1/4″, and her maximum draft is 10″. The Hawaiian Canoe Malia is historically significant for her considerable contribution to the Polynesian sport of open ocean canoe racing. She is also distinctive as an excellent representative of a Hawaiian dugout racing canoe.
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