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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