OLOS-PAPA HOLUA

PAPA HOLUA

Is the ancient Hawaiian sport of papa holua ( “to slide down the hill”).

About 200 years ago was the last time native Hawaiians rode their 12-foot long, up to 50-pound sleds with narrow wooden runners lashed with hand hewn rope down steep rock-lined slopes. These brave riders gripped the sled in one hand and, after running a few steps, they would dive chest-first onto the papa holua.  With that momentum they would beging gliding hundreds of yards to the bottom of a mountain. Some of these rider even rode the sleds in an upright standing stance.