Bonin Island Canoes

Canoes of the Bonin Islands

The Bonin Islands, also known as the Ogasawara Islands or, Yslas del Arzobispo, are an archipelago of over 30 subtropical and tropical islands, some 1,000 kilometres (540 nmi; 620 mi) directly south of Tokyo. Japan colonised the islands in 1875. The islands were first colonised by Hawaiian settlers in 1830, who brought the Hawaiian style canoe with them. This page has information on these canoes.

The following is an extract from the first pdf article by Scott Kramer and Hanae Kurihara Kramer, a link to the article can be found below

Outrigger canoes during the First World War (1914-1918) numbered 139, up from 61 in the late 1890s according to reports. Regardless of how complete these numbers are, they aptly demonstrate the pervasiveness of the canoe given the small population of the Bonin Archipelago. The local government office (Ogasawarato tocho) maintained five canoes in 1908, while the post office owned three, and the police department kept one on hand. Local authorities used canoes for emergencies, supervising waterways, monitoring the coastline, protecting turtles from poachers, ceremonial farewells, and other state related functions.

More information can be found in the following PDF articles