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Water sports

Living beside and in the water, many Hawaiians were as comfortable swimming as walking on land. Extremely skilled swimmers, they delighted in playing water sports and games. Many games were simple contests in swimming and diving like lele kawa (plunging with the least amount of splash), lele pahu (plunging with the greatest splash), aho loa (holding the breath), and kaupua (diving for an object).

Hawaiians also delighted in playing in the shoreline surf, excelling at kaha nalu (body surfing), paka wa`a (canoe surfing) and he`e nalu (board surfing), a sport they developed to a higher degree than anywhere else in the Pacific. Canoe racing was one of the few team sports of ancient times.

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