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A paddle-out is a time-honored Hawaiian tradition to pay tribute to loved ones who have passed on. Surfers and ocean lovers will enter into the ocean and link hands to form a circle. Once in this circle, participants will often take turns speaking one or two things about those that have passed. The hope is to share how their legacy still remains within the lives of those that are able to continue back onshore.
Traditionally, each time someone shares in this circle, it is followed by cheers and splashing from the others in celebration of the memory and lasting impact instilled by those being celebrated. “It is a traditional Hawaiian thought that, just as every raindrop that falls on land eventually makes it back to the ocean, every person that walks on land eventually goes back into the sea.” Traditionally the circle represents the way in which the ocean brings people together. For so many, especially surfers, a day in the water is often a coping mechanism. The hope is that the water provides a way to heal for all that attend.