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Hawaiian News: Hawaii Loa Hou

Billy Richards Billy Richards
Jerry Ongies Jerry Ongies

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The traditional Hawaiian double-hulled canoe, Hawaiʻiloa is being rebuilt after being in pieces for about a decade. Amy Kalili gives us an idea of the process to getting her back in the  water.

Aloha kakahiaka kâkou. I waena o ko Hawaiʻi mau waʻa kaulua, kû kaʻawale mai ana nô ʻo Hawaiʻiloa no kona kûkulu a kâpili kuʻuna ʻia nô.

Hawaiʻiloa stands apart because it is made from traditional materials.

We had senit for lashing, we had lauhala sails being made.

All of the woods with the exception of the sitka spruce are from Hawaiʻi.

Billy Richards

President, Friends of Hôkûleʻa & Hawaiʻiloa

He ʻaha nô nâ kaula, he lauhala nâ peʻa a he lâʻau nô kona kino.

Ua paʻa pono ia waʻa kaulua i kona kâpili kuʻuna ʻia a ua lana a holo nô a hiki loa aku i Tahiti me Nuʻuhiwa mâ.

The canoe was completed and sailed all the way to the Marquesas.

After the voyage in 1995, that the canoe was taken to the Bishop Museum for display, but unfortunately it was in the sun yeah so what happened was large cracks formed in the hull.

(billy)

Ma hope o ka holo ma 1995, ua waiho hôʻikeʻike ʻia ma Pîhopa ma ka lâ a ua muaiwa i ka nui maloʻo.

Ua ʻike ʻia nô ka launa ʻole o ko Hawaiʻiloa waiho maloʻo wale ʻia ma ka ʻâina ma kahi e pâ ikaiki mai ana ka lâ.

Hawaiʻiloa didn't fare well being left dry on the land in the sun.

The saddest thing to me, for me personally, is to see a canoe sitting on land.

Billy Richards

President, Friends of Hôkûleʻa & Hawaiʻiloa

Minamina nô kona waiho ʻia ma ka ʻâina.

I mea hoʻoponopono, ua hoʻoholo ko ka Hale Hôʻikeʻike ʻo Pîhope, ko METC, a me ko ka ʻohana waʻa i ka hôʻaniani awe aku i nâ kâʻele o Hawaiʻiloa.

Bishop Museum, the Marine Education and Training Center (METC), and the ʻOhana Waʻa decided to glass the waʻa.

It was not easy for a lot of us, it was very, there was a big debate on keeping the purity of it without fiberglass and putting the fiber glass on.

(billy)

Paio ana nô mâkou no ke kûpono a kûpono ʻole paha o kçia hôʻaniani ʻana.

Ke holomua aku nei nô i ka wâ e lana hou ai ʻo Hawaiʻiloa ma kona kâʻei ʻoluʻolu o ke kai.

Progress continues towards getting Hawaiʻiloa back in the water.

If funding is available she could be out of here in two years.

Jerry Ongies

Craftsmen, Building Team, Hawaiʻiloa

(daily sub)

Inâ lako ke kâlâ, ʻelua paha makahiki.

ʻO kona hoʻolana hou ʻia ma ke kai ka mea nui e kia ʻia nei. Eia nô naʻe, mau nô ko ka ʻohana ʻiʻini e hoʻi hou aku i ko Hawaiʻiloa ʻano kuʻuna nô i kçia mua aku.

Getting the waʻa back in the ocean is the focus, but the ʻohana would still like to return to traditional materials one day.

But at least until that time, it is being preserved and it is in the water and it is sailing.

(billy)

No ka manawa naʻe, aia ma ke kai a ke lana a holo nei nô.

E ʻimi mau ʻia ana nô nâ hoa kâkoʻo. E kele aku iâ fhh-hawaii.org a komo alu like aku i ke kôkua. Aloha.

Helping hands are always welcomed. Go to fhh-hawaii to join in and kôkua.

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