Introducing Palafamala Outrigger Canoe Paddle
Palafamala – Hybrid Outrigger Canoe Paddle – Ozone Built
Naim: Cameron, I would like to get a bit of back-story to explain to paddlers about the Palafamala and Ozone relationship and how it all got started.
Cameron: Most people who know the paddle also know that they have to wait a year and a half before they can get one. This is where Michael Giblin and Team Ozone come to the rescue.
I always had a connection with my paddles before I started making my own. If it wasn’t made by one of the Keahi’s than it was made by Malama Chun who makes beautiful flawless all wood paddles here on Maui. I was always so proud to use either one. It was the feeling of representing the paddle maker that gave me the connection and the love for the blade. I know that it’s not that easy to stay connected when paddles are mass-produced and distributed worldwide but my goal would be to have everyone connected to the feeling of the Palafamala story and the people who helped create it. Brian Dalbey is now an extension of this feeling and is making these in his workshop. Without this connection, it would just be another paddle on the market with degrees and dimensions.
Naim: One of my first paddles was a Malama, and I cheerished it, so I agree with everything you are saying. There is more than meets the eye when it comes to the weapons of choice. Which begs the question; is the Palafamala the secret weapon that every paddler is looking for?
Cameron: I have paddled long enough and talked with paddlers long enough to know that everyone doesn’t like the same thing. It is impossible to make one paddle that has everything for everyone. Paddlers have too many differences. I listen to everyone and try out their ideas. Some have been very helpful. In the end, I make what I like and what I think the majority will like. So far it’s been pretty good.
Naim: It’s been great working with you, and we all can see how dedicated you are to the craft, customers and the paddling way of life. Can you tell us about the fish on the logo? The first time I picked up one of your blades, I was wondering what a fish had to do with a paddle, can you explain?
Cameron: You will hear more about the meaning of Palafamala and what it means to me by watching “The Story Behind Palafamala” video (below), but for the basics, the fish on the logo is the actual Pala. Really it’s a dark brown fish that is smaller than the logo and it’s good to pan fry. It is best when caught at the family grounds of Mala.
This logo represents the family and friends that I was so fortunate to live, learn, and laugh with while beginning my paddling life.
Naim: Awesome! Well, it is so good to see your work grow and flourish. I am so happy with how the video came out to share the story of how Palafamala came to be. I was moved by the aloha spirit shared by the Keahi ohana.
How can people reach you with questions or orders?
Cameron: Yeah, I’m stoked you liked the vid. It really means a lot to me and the families involved. These are the people that deserve all of the credit. You can contact me on my website Palafamala.com or give me a call at (808)357-2264
A video sharing the background of the paddle shaper and the family that shaped a paddler