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About Community Stories

Seattle is mosaic of cultures and diverse communities, with an endless supply of inspiring tales to share. Community Stories presents this rich tapestry -- the people, the neighborhoods, the communities, relevant issues, cultural traditions and rich histories that make each of us unique. Learn more about your neighbors on Community Stories.

To submit story input and for further information about Community Stories, please contact: Ian Devier, Community Stories Senior Producer,

Community Stories: Ho'omau
Community Stories: Ho'omau

Ho'omau is the Hawaiian word meaning “to continue, perpetuate, persist,” which is what Pacific Island cultures have done for centuries, and through it all, the canoe has played a vital part. For Pacific Islanders and paddlers from many backgrounds in the Northwest, the outrigger canoe has become a tool for building community, sharing their love of the sport, and holding on to their culture.