The He Hawai'i Au program focuses on providing short term events for groups that wish to learn more about traditional Hawaiian Canoe Practices and Operation.  The major supporter of this program is Eka Canoe Adventures which has made its vessels available to this program.  For more information on this, or any of our other programs, Contact Us.


November 12, 2019

.Kaelemakule again made the trip to North Kohala to the Moʻokini Heiau Childrenʻs Day celebration.  Kalani Nakoa provided the visiting Middle School students with the history of Kaelemakule and the role these canoes played in traditional Hawaiian Culture.

Water Side Workshop Student Sail

October 25, 2019

Waterside Workshops is a vocational education youth development program in Berkley Calif.  The program offers services to the community including a bicycle shop and repair facility, along with a full-service wooden boat building shop. It also has the only waterfront coffee shop in Berkley."  Students in the Boat Building Program recently constructed a Hawaiian outrigger canoe using planks and paddled the canoe around Alcatraz Island in the recent Indigenous Peopleʻs Day celebration on SanFransico Bay.  Waterside has been using information from our He Makeʻe Waʻa on line curriculum in its program.   Kalani Nakoa took students from this program out on a snorkel cruise on Kinikini.

Puʻuhonua O Honaunau National Park Cultrual Festival

June 29, 2019

The 58th annual Cultural Festival was held on June 29 and 30, 2019.  The Nakoa Foundation provided a four-man Hawaiian sailing canoe with crew that gave canoe rides for visitors.  The Nakoa Foundation crew was part of the canoe ride team which included Keoua Canoe Club of Honaunau and Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa of Kaʻu.

Hawaii Technology Acadamy

May 08, 2019

Nakoa Foundation staff made a presentation to the Hawaiian History class at the Hawaii Technology Acadamy campus in Kailua-Kona.  The History of the Hawaiian canoe was discussed using both the Nā Peʻa and He Makeʻe Waʻa web sites covering the unique design of the Hawaiian canoe and the cultural values associated with the traditional Hawaiian canoe.

UC Merced National Park Institute

April 26, 2019

Nā Peʻa staff attended the University Of California Merced National Park Institute as guest speakers on Indigenous Placed Based Educational programs,  The institute brings National Park Managers from all over the world to learn about cutting edge management practices.  There were 25 attendees coming from Estonia, Nigeria, Finland, Costa Rica, Bhutan and of course the United States.

Presentation to Nature Conservancy Volenteers at Kīholo

April 20, 2019

After doing a few hours of clean up work around the fish pond, Nā Peʻa staff conducted a presentation to the 50 plus volunteers on the history of the Hawaiian Canoe and described the Nā Peʻa program.

Moʻokini Heiau Childrens Day

November 20, 2018

.Kaelemakule made the journey to North Kohala for the annual Moʻokini Heiau Childrenʻs Day.  Kalani Nakoa provided information on the history of the Koa Canoe and the traditions associated with the traditional Hawaiian Canoe

Kaloko-Honokohau NPS Childrenʻs Cultural Festival

November 15, 2018

Kaelemakule was on display at the Aiʻopio Halauwaʻa...where we explained the Hawaiian Canoe to over 150 Fourth Grade students from the Kona area.  The cultural festival opened the Makahiki season.

Kaloko-Honokoahu NPS Childrens Festival

November 16, 2017

Nakoa Foundation participated in the two day 2017 Koloko-Honokohau Childrens Cultural Festival by displaying the Koa Fishing Canoe "Kaelemakule".   Fourth Grade students from Konawena, Kahakai, Holuloa and Kealakehe Elementary schools were able to touch Kaelemakule and learn about the different parts of the Hawaiian canoe that make it unique....

Kamehameha Schools Pre School

May 23, 2017

Kalani Nakoa trailered the two man canoe Hainoa to the KS Pre-school in Kailua Kona and taught the keiki the names for the various parts of the Hawaiian canoe and how the canoe related to Family, School and the environment.

Kaloko-Honokohau National Park Visitor Informational Photo Shoot

May 02, 2017

The Nakoa Foundation provided the Koa Canoe Kaelemakule to the National Park along with technical assistance in both rigging and managing the canoe in a photo shoot for an informational video the Park will be using to inform visitors about traditional  Hawaiian fishing practices...

Kaloko-Honokohau National Park Makahiki Childrens Festial

November 17, 2016

The Koa Canoe Kaelemakule was on display at Kaloko National park on Nov 17 and 18 for the National Park's annual Makahiki Children's Festival.  Students from Konawaena Elemenatary, Kahakai Elementary, Kealakehe Elementary attended.  Nakoa Foundation Staff provided an overview of the Traditional Hawaiian Canoe and the design features that make it unique.

Mo'okini Heiau Childrens Day

November 13, 2016

The Nakoa Foundation transported the Koa Canoe Kaelemakule to the Mo'okini Heiau in Kokoiki North Kohala to participate in the Children's Day Celebrations.  Elementary school students from Hilo, Hamakua and Kohala attended where they learned about the history of the Heiau and about various Hawaiian Cultural Practices.  Kalani Nakoa explained how the cultural values that are embedded in the Hawaiian canoe can play a useful role in the youngsters lives.

Pu'uhonua O Honaunau Cultural Festival

June 25, 2016

Nakoa Foundation Crew provided two of the three canoes that offered canoe rides to Park visitors during the day long event.

Calabash Cousins of The Daughters Of Hawaii

April 21, 2016

Kalani and Kinikini took 30 members of the Calabash Cousins of The Daughters of Hawaii on  two  sails  from Keauhou Bay to Lekeleke and Kuamo'o.  Kalani shared his knowledge of the area and the activities of the Nakoa Foundation through its He Hawai'i au and Na Pe'a programs..

Aloha Kuamo'o Aina

April 16, 2016

The Nakoa Foundation sponcered two "sails" for members of the Aloha Kuamo'o Aina Foundation and its supporters from Keauhou Bay to Kuamo'o.  These sails were designed to give members of the Foundation and its supporters a look at the Aina, from the Ocean, over which they have dedicated themselves to protect and malama.

Surfrider Foundation

April 16, 2016

Kalani and Wa’a Kinikini hosted members of the Surfriders Foundation as part of their Community Service Keauhou Bay clean up project.  Surfrider members were taken out of Keauhou Bay on Kinikini where Kalani Nakoa explained the various Wahipana of the area and their importance to Hawaiian History.  He also explained the unique characteristics of the Hawaiian Canoe and the cultural importance of the canoe to the Hawaiian People.

March 26, 2016

The Nakoa Foundation hosted 30 students  from the Kamehameha Schools Kahalu'u educational outreach program on  a sail along the coast of Keauhou and Kahalu'u.  Students were introduced to wa'a Kinikini  and the traditions of the Hawaiian Canoe. Various Wahi Pana were pointed out  on the sail and the stories pertaining to those places shared.  The students got to see from the ocean, the lands they have been working and studying on.  

AHO HOA WA'A Canoe rigging

March 22, 2016

Nakoa Foundation Crew conducted a rigging clinic for members of the Kaloko-Honokoahu National Park crew in rigging outrigger canoes.


3 day sail down the Kona Coast---Keauhou to Puako

Please reload