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Master carver donates 3-man canoe to cancer fundraiser

Courtesy: Jay Dowsett Courtesy: Jay Dowsett
Courtesy: Jay Dowsett Courtesy: Jay Dowsett
Courtesy: Jay Dowsett Courtesy: Jay Dowsett

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Master canoe maker Jay Dowsett says he jumped right in when asked to build a canoe for a local charity's silent auction.

Dowsett was asked to be part of a fundraiser for the Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation.

So he got right to work on this three-man canoe.

It took him a week and a half to build.

What's special about the canoe is the design. He says it represents how families need to stick together through trying times.

"I used the symbolism of the butterfly pattern, which is an old way of patching canoes. We don't really use it today, unless we use it as a decorative item. But I used that as symbolic of holding everything together," Dowsett said.

The fundraiser will be next Friday.

In addition to the silent auction, there will also be a rock and roll concert and a fashion show.

You can purchase tickets on the Hawaii Children's Cancer Foundation website.

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