NEWS & EVENTS
Launching of Kaulua Wa‘a, Hawai‘iloa
Date: Monday 3/24/14
Aloha Mai Kakou,
The day has come where we can put Hawai‘iloa in the water where she belongs.
It’s been some time since I penned an end-of-the-year President’s Message, and perhaps this is the time to do so, if for no other reason than to remind ourselves of why there is a Friends of Hokule‘a & Hawai‘iloa.
Back in the early 90’s Hawai‘i needed a second voyaging canoe. One crafted out of natural materials. And the responsibility to build this voyager fell squarely on the shoulders of the only one that could have done it, not just because he knew how, but because he was so well-liked, and so respected that when “Wrighto” Wright Bowman Jr. blew the proverbial pu conch-shell, everyone came.
During its construction, this voyaging canoe was surrounded with the laboring sound of many hands both great and small. And at days end, it gave way to the aroma and sounds of pop-opened beer cans, barbecued food, and raucous laughter. And who can forget the rubbish can at the far end of the table, serving as the unwilling landing zone and final destination of empty aluminum containers in flight across the room. It was a lot of work, but damn it was a lot of fun.
In reality I actually was an observer, looking in from the outside. There are individuals and family members of individuals among you tonight, who worked closely with the kalai, and the wa‘a kaulua he was shaping over the many months that it took to build. Your charge, your responsibility is to take the time to relive those moments then share your stories with each other and all.
In celebration of Hawai’iloa’s launch I want to invite all of those who contributed their knowledge, time and contributions throughout the years. Special “Mahalo” to Jerome “Jerry” Ongies leading the restoration efforts for the past 2½ years.
Much appreciation also to the many others who gave of their time when they could…
We could not have been able to do this without support from:
Please join us on Monday March 24, 2014!
William K. Richards, Jr.
» See article: The Building of Hawai‘iloa
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Date: Sunday 3/16/14, 9 AM – 3PM
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