The ancient Hawaiians also participated in canoe racing. Then another form of racing, rowing, debuted in Hawai‘i in the late-1860s. In the December 16, 1871, issue of the Pacific Commercial Advertiser: “There was a race between two-oared boats, of which four were entered, Young America the winner … there was splendid rowing exhibited, and the winners became such by purely hard work.”
“The Myrtle Rowing Club is the first boat club ever organized in this city, we believe. Last February (1883) some of the most energetic young gentlemen in town entered into the project of getting up the club, and it is now in a thriving condition.” Other clubs formed; in 1890 the Healani Boat Club and the Leilani Boat Club were formed. Two years later the first regatta at Pearl Harbor was held; all three clubs raced at Pearl Harbor.