Barge racing was popular in Hawaii in 1908 when the Outrigger Canoe Club was founded. Members rowed for the Myrtle Boat Club and Healani Boat Club in races held in Honolulu Harbor. According to the Hpnolulu Star Bulletin of 1928, OCC member Herbert “Yabo” Taylor was the best coxswain for that and the previous 15 years.
Regatta Day was a major event during those years with events for men, women and juniors. Honolulu Harbor was closed on Regatta Days and ships that wanted to enter or leave the harbor had to wait until the races were over. The barges which were used were made in Seattle and shipped to Hawaii. They were wider than a shell and built for the rough water in Hawaii. Six oarsmen were in staggered seats and the coxswain was in the back.