In 1943 a Hawaii race began that has created quite a legacy.
71 years later, the MacFarlane Regatta is the longest running canoe race in the world.
At 8:30 am. Friday the Waikiki shoreline became base camp for well over a thousand paddlers and tens of thousands of spectators.
The first race was for the military and all branches were represented. Even a canoe for wounded warriors competed in the competition.
"It means we're telling them thank you more than anything because there's not a lot of ways to thank these guys other than to support them," said Marc Haine of the Outrigger Canoe Club.
37 events were held for the day-long sporting event and celebration. That includes these 40-foot long, six-man outrigger canoes that raced from 0.25 miles to 1.5 miles.
For a team of women paddlers, it was not their first year and they can't wait to hit the water again.
"This is our second year paddling all together. We're the 13s crew and we just really enjoy each other and we're all really good friends," said paddler Tehina Kahikina.
The regatta is held in partnership with the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation, which dolls out more than $160,000 in grants and scholarships for Hawaii students.
"I think the most important thing about what we do is how we do it. You can never rise to the podium without support from others. It comes back to how we share our aloha," said Billy Philpotts of the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation.
Inside of one of an original canoe of the team that won the inaugural regatta is a picture of waterman Duke Kahanamoku. He was the steersman for this boat that won their race and paddling in it was such a job. He actually broke the paddle.
"It's a piece of history and we're thinking we're going to make a trophy out of it and put all the names of the great steersman," said Tom Mctigue, a former Marine.
"It's pretty special and there's kids named MacFarlane and it's really fun. Here are my two kids," said Haine. "Their children will race in this race."
A portion of the proceeds raised through t-shirt booths and merchandise went directly to the Outrigger Canoe Duke Kahanamoku Foundation for scholarships.