It is believed that canoes have a life to them. Each has a distinct and separate personality in the ocean. The canoe is part of the team, and carries all paddlers safely into the ocean and home again. We treat the canoes with respect and never take them for granted or treat them discourteously.
Do not ever sit or lean on a canoe except in the designated seat area once the canoe is in the water. When canoes are lifted, be sure the ‘ama and iako (the outrigger part of the canoe) are supported and off the ground. Canoes should not be dropped, but set down lightly.
Do not step over the body of the canoe. If you need to move to the other side, walk around the canoe. It is a gesture of courtesy to the canoe to do so.