Outrigger Canoe


Leaving Wheelchairs on the Dock

The Winning Wheels Outrigger Canoe program is yet another expansion of the recreational opportunities for our residents. The program emphasizes the residents' abilities rather than limitations, promotes cooperation, builds confidence, and increases independence. Canoeing also presents a unique way for residents to work on improving balance, gross motor coordination, endurance, strength, range of motion, as well as enhancing socialization with teamwork, patience, communication and respect for others.

Winning Wheels' "Aumakua Spirit" (a Hawaiian name which translates to "ancestral spirit guides accompanying one on a journey") is essentially two separate canoes joined by stabilizing bars. The outrigger is 30 feet long, weighs nearly 400 pounds, and seats nine people.