By Trent Jonas
When you live in a state made up of islands—and therefore surrounded by water—you have a tendency to want to get out on the water and play. Whether it’s paddling a canoe, board, or kayak, kite surfing, or popping over waves on a personal watercraft, there’s plenty to do on Hawaii’s waters. These are our favorite places to pick up the gear you need!
For more than 30 years, Twogood Kayaks has been selling and renting paddle sport products on the calm waters of Oahu’s Windward side. In their shop, you can buy kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, racks to transport them, paddles, and all the gear required to get out on the water. Twogood also offers lessons in case you need a little help getting started.
It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to buy or rent, Adventure Sports Maui will have what you need to get out play in the water on the Valley Isle. They carry kitesurfing and windsurfing gear so you can shred Ho’okipa, as well as kayaks and stand-up paddleboards if you’re hitting the calmer waters of West Maui or Makena.
If you like to move a little faster in the water, Cycle City Hawaii may have just the answer for you. They are a Kawasaki dealer, so if you’re in the market for a new personal watercraft, head to Cycle City.
If you’re looking for a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard and the necessary gear, Plenty Pupule can help you out on either the Big Island or Kauai. They sell single and tandem kayaks, equipped for sport or fishing, as well as SUP boards, sailing gear, and outriggers.
If you’re an avid paddle sports fan on Oahu, check out Go Bananas Watersports in Honolulu. They sell and rent all kinds of kayaks, including fishing, touring, and surf boats, in either single or tandem configurations. They also rent and sell SUP boards, racks, paddles, PFDs, and all other gear you need to get out on the water.
Whether you want to fly around the harbor in a Bombard rigid inflatable boat, or paddle peacefully among the humpbacks in the ‘Au’au Channel, Valley Isle Marine Center can help you out. They carry a wide selection of kayaks and accessories, as well as RIBs and motors.
If you’re looking for kayaking, stand-up paddling board, kitesurfing, skim boarding, or windsurfing gear on Oahu, head to Kailua and check out the selection at Hawaiian WaterSports. They also offer gear rentals, lessons, and all the accessories you need.
Folks looking for island-style paddling gear can find a huge selection at Polynesian Paddling Products on the Big Island’s Kona Side. They carry canoes, outriggers, stand-up paddleboards, and of course, paddles. You’ll also find a variety of paddling apparel and accessories in the shop.
On Oahu’s windward side, Foti Bros. sell outrigger canoes and gear. Former championship paddlers, the store also offers paddling lessons and camps. In addition to outriggers and paddles, the dealership also carries kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and accessories.
Windward Boats, in Kailua on Oahu, is a full-service dealer of Hobie kayaks and pedalboards—which you propel with your feet while holding a handlebar—as well as the respected Jackson Kayak line of boats. They also carry all the paddling (or pedaling) accessories you’ll need on the water.