Special guests wanting to visit Hawaiiloa

Even though the weather was wet, it didn’t stop the Kaulukukui ohana (Thomas, Jr., his daughters Jody Kaulukukui, Hoolea Allocca, and mo`opuna) from their visit at METC.  Thomas, Sr., who was OHA Chairman at the time and one of the key figures along with Pinky Thompson, in getting the sitka spruce logs for Hawai`iloa.  In … Read more

Wa’a Kaukahi “Ho’omau”

Excerpt of a PBN Magazine article dated 11/7/22, by Stephanie Salmons, PBN Reporter. “Canoe build was an exercise in perseverance for Gentry Homes” After seven years of work on the vessel – delayed in part by a 2018 cancer diagnosis – Rick Hobson, vice president of sales and marketing for Gentry Homes and the company … Read more

Apprentice Kalai Wa`a

“Thought to share the below with all of you. Canoe apprentice Ryan Olivares is the Wood Shop teacher for both Olomana School, and the Hawai’i Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF). He has the responsibility of repairing and refurbishing a 40+ ft racing koa canoe that had been in a great state of disrepair for four decades. … Read more

Bowman `Ohana Visit

“My grandfather Herbert Consor (Bud) was Wright Bowman, Sr.’s cousin. I grew up seeing my grandfather’s passion for woodworking and boatbuilding, and I even have a small model of a boat hull on my wall that he made. I knew of his cousin who moved to Hawai`i and that he had a large family and … Read more

Wa’a Kaukahi Ualaka’a

There was a lot involved in rebuilding this wa’a (replacing the top of the hull kuamo’o/kino, the manu hope/ihu, seats na nohona, ama, and na i’ako. Tay will be sharing his techniques by finishing the KVA canoe with the help of Bonnie Kahape’a – Tanner, staff, and/students. “Thought to Share a Photo of last Friday’s … Read more


Aloha Friends – I am writing to let you know I have finished my canoe “Ho’omau.” Billy, Tay and I discussed different names and felt this one fit. It has been a long 6 years since I started this project and persistence has been the overriding factor. Of course, there would be no canoe without … Read more

O Ke Kai Series – Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

The last event for the year ended with the kokua of the Kanehunamoku Voyaging Academy team (KVA – Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner) who offered to demonstrate knot tying/line work, parts of the canoe (puzzles), keiki coloring books, as well as star navigation knowledge using the Hawaiian star compass.

Angoon, AK Visit

On behalf of the ‘Aha Moananuiakea and Ho`okahua, Kamehameha Schools, Kilinahe Coleman coordinated a visit by students/teachers of the Alaska Ethnomath Institute, Angoon, Alaska… “…wanted to extend my most heartfelt mahalo nui loa for the time we were able to spend together last week for the Alaska Ethnomath Institute on O’ahu. Hookipa means hospitality in … Read more

Hawaiiloa Trip to Alaska

Hokulea sailing on the ocean

Rebuild the Canoe, Restore the Connection, Reshape the Future: Help us take Hawaiʻiloa to Alaska. We, the Friends of Hokulea and Hawaiiloa regret to inform our viewers and those who support us, that the Alaska Trip 2023 will be postponed for at least one year due to overwhelming restoration repairs and lack of funding. We … Read more