The Friends’ Annual General Membership Meeting and BOD Elections took place on January 22nd. We thank all who continue to give of their time and effort toward the mission of the Friends’.

2006 Officers:
William K. Richards Jr. – President
Jay Dowsett – Vice President
Denise Kekuna – Treasurer
Vincent Monaco – Secretary

2006 Board Members:
George Kawelo, Jerry Muller, Jerry Ongies, Tay Perry. And, we are happy to welcome back a former, and now present Board member, Mike Mason.

Board meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of every month at Pier 60, and all members and interested individuals are encouraged to attend.


Hawaiian Miles Charities Partner Program (by Tay Perry, Membership Chair/ FHH Board Member)

Letter to Hawaiian Airlines: “To date The Friends have received 137,973 miles. We hope to multiply that many times in the next few months.

At this point at least 70% of our members are in the plan. We plan to have this at 99% by the end of the year. The “Friends” have many non-members in our canoe ohana that are also being asked to participate. In early November we plan to issue a newsletter to our members and friends asking them to sign up. In early December we will have our annual Christmas party and will be promoting Hawaiian Miles Charities there.

We are not a very large organization, but we are growing and we come in contact with many in the canoe-related community which makes us come in contact with a lot of people.”

Click on the Hawaiian Miles button above to signup.

Wa‘a Kaulua

The Friends have scheduled a monthly work day at the Pier 60 location on the 1st Saturday of each month. We arrive around 9:00 AM and report to Jerry Ongies for our work assignment.

Our biggest project for now is to refurbish the Hawai‘iloa. The Friends and METC have been contracted by Bishop Museum to complete the project.

We welcome anyone who would like to help and volunteer a few hours of their time on any day of the week or of the month. For some who we haven't seen in a while, it would be good to get together again and catch up on lost time. We would love to hear from you.

‘Ohana Wa‘a

Spear headed by Nainoa Thompson/PVS, a collaboration of the statewide voyaging canoe organizations met during this past Labor Day weekend, hosted by Chad Babayan at the Imi‘loa Center in Hilo. The Friends were invited as canoe builders and their ongoing relationship with the voyaging clubs. The main purpose was to establish core values, a mission statement, and governance structure. We reconvene on December 2 at Kawaihae to formalize the relationship. We extend our Mahalo to Tom Kaulukukui for facilitating this initial planning meeting.


Warehouse Cleanup on Sat., December 2: We will start around 9:00 AM. All who are willing and able are welcome.

The 2006 Friends’ Holiday Clambake will be held at their hale wa‘a location, Pier 60 off of Sand Island Access Road. We invite you to join us on Sat., December 9, 2006 around 12:00 noon. [BYOB]
RSVP by 12/2/06
D Kekuna, by phone: 808/538-9839 or email. Mahalo!

To our members: if we don’t see you before the New Year, have a safe Holiday Season and a healthy and prosperous New Year!


Lifetime members: W. Richards/Family; G. Kawelo; J. Muller