Five veteran Hokule‘a crew members will discuss the traditional construction of canoes in upcoming lectures in Hilo and Kona.
Aunty Deedee and Shorty Bertelmann, Tava Taupu, Maulili Dickson and Chadd Paishon will present the lecture, “A Mau Loa – The Continued Legacy of the Wa‘a,” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Wentworth 1, and from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday in the Keauhou Ballroom III at Sheraton Keauhou Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay. Both lectures are free and open to the public.
After the birth of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe, Hokule‘a, crew members began to investigate traditional construction of Hawaiian canoes.
They formed Na Kalai Waa, which focused on creating a smaller single-hulled canoe made out of native resources. Along with the kupuna (elders) of the Department of Education’s kupuna program, Na Kalai Wa‘a created the first voyaging and wa‘a (canoe) program curricula that supported the building of the traditional coastal sailing canoe Mauloa and voyaging canoe Makali‘i.