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He Makeʻe Waʻa

He Makeʻe Waʻa explores the History, Cultural Practices, and Traditions of the Hawaiian Canoe

The Hawaiian Canoe Was Designed For The Unique Conditions Of Hawaiian Waters


While There Are Over Sixty Recorded Names For Different Lashing Patterns, Only A Handful Are Still Practiced Today

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Without The Canoe There Would Not Be A Hawaiian People

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The Hawaiian Canoe Was As Much A Part Of The Native Forest As It Was Of The Ocean.

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The Relationship Between The Canoe And The Ocean Was Much More Complex Than Just a "Boat" On The "Water". 


Social, Economic And Environmental Change Has Caused The Hawaiian Canoe To Evolve.


Who We Are And
What We Hope To Do

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