opeluWelcome our new edition to the Hulakai family, the OC4/OC3 ‘Ōpelu canoe! Our newest family member is made here in Hawaii by Hawaiian watermen. The ‘Ōpelu was designed by the Dowsett ʻOhana. This canoe is multi-use canoe that all can enjoy , whether it be a single hull or double hull. It is the #1 surf canoe for both big or small waves.

In early Hawaii the canoe was an important way of life for it had many purposes. It provided transportation across the seas to new lands and was a used as a tool to feed the family by using it as a fishing vessel and much more. Today we can still use it for a variety of things. The OC4/OC3 can be used to fish, sail, family recreation including big wave surfing, sports, and team building.

The possibilities are endless. For learning/teaching it could be used to:

  • Teach someone to steer a canoe
  • Sail
  • Surf
  • Team building in various venues


  • ‘Ōpelu Opae is structurally built to withstand overhead waves.
  • Greater reinforcement/ strength could be added on upon request
  • 190/100 pounds
  • Has 2 bulkheads to keep canoe from sinking
  • Structurally engineered hollow Wae’s as a means to keep the canoe light in weight without losing any strength
  • Are made ready to paddle: just add water!

*Included with the purchase of a canoe:

  • Iakos: * custom iakos in regards to thickness can be made for double hull or big -BIG ASS WAVES! Upon order request
  • Ama and hull

*Custom colors upon order can be made for canoes.
* Custom trailer for canoes are also available ( call us to talk story)

50% down payment upon order and final 50% due upon pickup; shipping.
Discounts: are available for registered canoe clubs with Keiki programs
And non=profit 5013C organizations

Call us for more information and to make an order. We look forward to making your days great with Hulakai!

Jay Dowsett – Oahu Rep