Board Meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of Every Month at Pier 60, and All Members and Interested Individuals Are Welcomed to Attend.

• 2008 Board Elections to be held in January 2008.

2007 Officers:

  • William K. Richards, Jr. – President
  • Jay Dowsett – Vice President
  • Denise Kekuna – Treasurer
  • Tay Perry – Secretary

2007 Board Members:

David Grant, George Kawelo, Jerry Muller, Jerry Ongies. And, we are happy to welcome back a former, and now present Board member, Norman Ho.


December 1st
The Friends’ designated representatives will participate in the ‘Ohana Wa‘a board meeting on the island of Hawai‘i

Annual Holiday Pa‘ina Cancelled

The Friends’ sincerely regret to inform you that our annual pa‘ina is cancelled. With the overall affects to our Hawai‘i residents by the recent weather conditions it was better to be safe than sorry. We plan to reschedule the event in January to welcome in the New Year so please watch out for our invitation.

The Friends’ wish you and yours a most joyous, Happy Holiday Season.

A hui hou,
Billy, Jay, Denise, Tay, Jerry O., Keoki, Jerry M., Kawika, Norman
Officers/Board Members

Outrigger Reef & the Friends

On Sat, May 26, 2007 the Friends were hosted by the Outrigger Reef to present and demonstrate our work, tools, and video as part of their voyaging and canoe program. Most of our craftsmen and board members were present for one-on-one discussions. It was so successful we have been invited back for Sept 22 and November 3, 2007.

Bishop Museum & the Friends

On Thu, July 26, 2007 the Friends were hosted by Bishop Museum as one of the facilitators for their “Traditions of the Pacific” lecture series. Following-up on our successful presentation, Bishop Museum has requested a participatory workshop for Museum members on Saturday the 20th of October.
-- Mahalo nui loa Marylou Foley!

The Polynesian Voyaging Society & the Friends

The Polynesian Voyaging Society has listed the Friends as a source in their Education Resources section, “Related Websites”.

Don Ho Memorial

Mahalo to Haumea Ho and those who have contributed to The Friends!


Wa‘a Kaulua -- Restoration of Hawai‘iloa

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.


Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawai‘iloa: “Starting with Bowman’s and continuing today, the Friends have encouraged and supported a pool of builders, assistants and apprentices who have successfully built or restored multiple traditional Hawaiian canoes.”

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2008 dues are due and can be submitted to the Friends via the information provided on the Membership Section (download our application and mail with your payment to FHH).

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