NEWS & EVENTS

Launching of Kaulua Waa, Hawaiiloa

Date: Monday 3/24/14
Location: Maritime Education Training Center, Sand Island Access Road

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.

Mahalo to:

  • JEROME “JERRY” ONGIES, Kalai Wa‘a
  • TIMMY MAKUAKANE, Apprentice, Kalai Wa‘a
  • Jay Dowsett, Tay Perry – Kalai Wa‘a
  • WALLY FROISETH, Kalai Wa‘a
  • O‘iwi TV – Documentation
  • Monte Costa
  • Lynn Cook

Core Volunteers:
FHH BOD, Cat Fuller (Po‘o), Joy Ancheta, Ryan Hanohano , Kukona & Makanani Lopes, Kala Thomas and, Hawai‘iloa 1st Crew: Brad Cooper.

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:

  • OUTRIGGER ENTERPRISES CORPORATE GIVING
  • BISHOP MUSEUM
  • OUTRIGGER REEF ON THE BEACH HOTEL
  • HAWAIIAN AIRLINES
  • ALOHA PETROLEUM
  • BONTERRA SOLAR
  • DOT HARBORS DIV – R. GRUNE
  • EPOXY SALES OF HAWAI‘I
  • FIBERGLASS HAWAI‘I
  • HARDWARE HAWAI‘I
  • NORTH SAILS
  • PLYWOOD HAWAI‘I
  • ROYAL METALS
  • SHERWIN WILLIAMS
  • WEST MARINE
  • COMMUNITY DONATIONS

Please join us on Monday March 24, 2014!

William K. Richards, Jr.
President

» See article: The Building of Hawai‘iloa

FHH at Science Alive - Bishop Museum

Date: Sunday 3/16/14, 9 AM – 3PM
FHH will have a booth for membership enrollment, t-shirt sales, plants and tools used in canoe building, fishhooks.

ALOHA KAKOU!

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

Board of Directors

Officers:

  • Billy Richards – President
  • Tay Perry – Vice President
  • Denise Kekuna – Treasurer
  • Norman Ho – Secretary

Members:

  • Jay Dowsett
  • Marylou Foley
  • G. Keoki Kawelo
  • Jerome Ongies
  • Wayne Sterling

Elections are held in January annually.

DONATION

The Friends of Hokule'a & Hawai'iloa would appreciate your donation to help funding our restoration project. Please hit the Donate button below, and you'll be taken to Paypal website where you can make a donation using a credit card.

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FHH SOURCE LINKS

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

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.
» Polynesian Voyaging Society web site
» Makai Magazine website

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

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

Check Payable to:
Friends of Hokule‘a & Hawai‘iloa

Mail to:
P.O. Box 696, Kailua, HI 96734
The Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawai‘iloa Non-Profit Org.
EIN 99-0330963

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