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He Make'e Wa'a


He Make'e Wa'a  means "to have great affection for the Hawaiian Canoe."The history and traditions of the Hawaiian canoe contain lessons pertinent to living on an island in the modern age.    It is hoped that this brief presentation provides some insight into the delicately balanced rhythm of life that exists on an island and help us appreciate and perpetuate, those things that make Hawai'i such a unique and special place to live. 

We thank those who have generously shared their knowledge with us and those who have published works that preserve and disseminate the cultural story behind the Hawaiian Canoe.  List of Sources




 He  Make'e Wa'  uses modern materials, when traditional materials are not available, to perpetuate the cultural relevance of the Hawaiian Canoe.  The terms and traditions presented here are from our Kumu and we in no way claim these to be the only terms or traditions.  The Olelo No'eau   "Aohe a pau ka ike i ka halau hoʻokahi" guides our activities and keeps us "Ha'aha'a",    Check out some of our past activities. 

Through our association with the Nakoa Foundation. He Makeʻe Waʻa provides the core curriculum for the Foundationʻs  Nā Peʻa Youth program.



Video Documentaries and Publications

He Make'e Wa'a  keeps an eye out  for publications and documentary videos that  help further the understanding and appreciation of the Hawaiian Canoe.  


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