HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Nakoa Prejean is a respected waterman who has been honing his skills as a canoe builder for over twenty years. With his company, Hawaiian Ocean Adventures, he has dedicated his life to sharing Hawaii's canoe tradition with the next generation of both residents and visitors alike.
Recently, Prejean and Bank of Hawaii partnered to create a commercial that conveys the values of teamwork, passion and dedication found at the bank, through the process of building a canoe from start to finish.
Bank of Hawaii identified Prejean's ahupua`a as the perfect setting, and it was serendipitous that Prejean had the strong expertise and extended canoe community to also star in the commercial.
Prejean and his team coordinated all the elements locally from the tools and materials for the actual canoe to engaging the local paddling community through the assembly of the close-knit group of family and friends.