Koa Canoes

Members of the Puakea Foundation learn about wood, wood-working, and the traditional art of canoe making. Below are pictures featuring the wa’a (canoe) projects on the Big Island and at He’eia Park on Oahu, led by Uncle Bobby. Bobby has had the assistance of several students during these multi-year projects.

Building a Koa Canoe with Uncle Bobby

Rolling the log into place
Measuring the first cut
Marking the measurements
Long view of the log
Detail of measurements
Hollowing it out
Carving the side
Student volunteer with Uncle Bobby
Canoe Halau
Uncle Bobby

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  2. SarahJust beautiful pierctus. Bobby I’m sorry I didn’t get to see you and meet your beautiful ladies in your life. Your daughter looks just like you Enjoy your trip. I hope you can see Travis in Oregon, he wold love it!!Love Aunt BarbaraPS. Bobby you look just like your Uncle Michael when he was your age

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  6. I’m a parent volunteer for Kilohana Canoe Club here on the Island of Kauai. The Founder of this Canoe Club are Kane and Galen Turalde from Waimea, Kauai. I’m curious of what is the cost of a Koa Canoe and how can I get more information. My phone # is (808) 645-0668

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  8. I started the Koa Canoe Project in the Ahupua’a ‘O Kahana with Uncle Bobby Puakea to rebuild my old Koa Canoe, the “Ululani” in 2011 and obtained a Grant from Hawai’i Tourism Authority for the project. All koa was bought from Pohaku Stone for the project but lots of the border areas were not usable. It was a two year project and has been extended for the lack of another 8 board feet of koa and 3 baord feet wide and about 2 inches thick. It was also a time when Uncle was sought after for the canoe he is finishing up soon for this year’s racing season. Good Luck!!!! Hopefully with that work done the “Ululani” will be soon completed. Much work is done already, sanding down the hull, in and out and finishing the Manu and gunnels is the work for 2015………it should have been completed in 2013………so for us in Kahana, “patience is a Virtue”!!!!!
    If anyone out there on this website ahas access to Koa, please let Uncle Bobby know asap or call me at 375-7699, I am right around the corner from Heeia. Aloha All……………Ululani

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