Maika’i means "smooth feel" in Hawaiian. With the Puakea Malolo design under a glossy finish, this paddle is big. Ideal for team boats, the Maika’i really shines when the canoe is surging on a wave, or at full race pace. As the canoe goes faster, it becomes increasingly difficult to grab water and accelerate, making this paddle extremely useful at high speed. Like its smaller sibling, Polu, Maika’i has a rounded leading edge creates less impact on the paddler. But with significantly more surface area, has incredible hold and feel. A slight scoop keeps water from cavitating around the blade without sacrificing an efficient exit. At the catch position, the double-bend oval shaft promotes a comfortable, loose grip and relaxed wrist.
The wood shaft on the hybrid option is handmade and features a T-grip.
The carbon handle on the carbon shaft features a palm grip. All Puakea carbon paddles feature enough flex to be easy on the joints.
Standard sizes: 47-52, Custom sizes: any size lower than 47, any size higher than 52, and half sizes.
Blade Material: Carbon fiber with an ABS edge on the blade. Glossy finish.
Hybrid shaft Materials: Layered poplar, bass and cedar
Hybrid handle Material: Poplar wood, T-grip
- Carbon shaft Materials: Carbon fiber with a matte finish.
- Carbon handle: palm grip.
Length: 47" to 52" (Custom sizes also available)
Width: 9.437" blade
Weight: approx. 16 oz (carbon) or 18 oz (hybrid).
Surface Area: 115 sq. inches