E Ala Voyaging Canoe Update

DLNR and community members hope to construct a halau wa`a (canoe storage facility) for the E Ala voyaging canoe at Wai`anae Boat Harbor within about one year.  Standing, L-R: Rep. Jo Jordan; Norman Swift (WBFC); Jesse Nohoikaiu, III (WBFC); Raymond Ho, Jr. (Mr. Solar HI); Anela Cantrell (WHCC); Matthew Kilgore (Koa Architects); Laurie Lawrence (LCC); Keala Keaulana (FHC); Michael Reese (LCC), William Andrews (DLNR); Gregg Longanecker (LCC); Keoni Kim (FHC); Jimmy Keaulana (FHC); Rochelle Kawelo (WHCC); William Aila, Jr. (DLNR Chair); Vaalele Malaki (KS); John Swift (harbormaster); Maile Keliipio Acoba (KS); Eric Enos (Ka`ala Farm); Doug Ewalt (HI Nautical); Maralyn Kurshals (WHCC); Meghan Statts (DLNR); Mele Worthington (WHCC President); Jenny Crawford (KS); Ed Underwood (DLNR – DOBOR Director); Keoni Ford (DIBS HI); Don Ford (DLNR); Randall Furomoto (Furomoto & Associates).  Kneeling, L-R: Sen. Maile Shimabukuro; BS McEwen (WHCC); Sam Kapoi (E Ala captain); Kaina Holomalia (E Ala captain); Andrea Dias (KS).

DLNR and community members hope to construct a halau wa`a (canoe storage facility) for the E Ala voyaging canoe at Wai`anae Boat Harbor within about one year. Standing, L-R: Rep. Jo Jordan; Norman Swift (WBFC); Jesse Nohoikaiu, III (WBFC); Raymond Ho, Jr. (Mr. Solar HI); Anela Cantrell (WHCC); Matthew Kilgore (Koa Architects); Laurie Lawrence (LCC); Keala Keaulana (FHC); Michael Reese (LCC), William Andrews (DLNR); Gregg Longanecker (LCC); Keoni Kim (FHC); Jimmy Keaulana (FHC); Rochelle Kawelo (WHCC); William Aila, Jr. (DLNR Chair); Vaalele Malaki (KS); John Swift (harbormaster); Maile Keliipio Acoba (KS); Eric Enos (Ka`ala Farm); Doug Ewalt (HI Nautical); Maralyn Kurshals (WHCC); Meghan Statts (DLNR); Mele Worthington (WHCC President); Jenny Crawford (KS); Ed Underwood (DLNR – DOBOR Director); Keoni Ford (DIBS HI); Don Ford (DLNR); Randall Furomoto (Furomoto & Associates). Kneeling, L-R: Sen. Maile Shimabukuro; BS McEwen (WHCC); Sam Kapoi (E Ala captain); Kaina Holomalia (E Ala captain); Andrea Dias (KS). Click to enlarge.

Plans to construct a halau wa`a (canoe storage facility) at Wai`anae Boat Harbor were discussed on 5/14/13. In attendance were E Ala voyaging canoe captains Sam Kapoi and Kaina Holomalia, as well as representatives from The Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Leeward Community College (LCC), Kamehameha Schools (KS), Ka`ala Farm, Wai`anae Boat Fishing Club (WBFC), the State Legislature, DIBS Hawaii, First Hawaiian Construction (FHC), Koa Architects, Mr. Solar Hawaii, R. Furomoto & Associates, and Hawai`i Nautical.

The Legislature appropriated $500,000 to construct the halau, and DLNR hopes to complete the project in about one year. The Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club (WHCC) organized the building of the E Ala, an ancient Hawaiian style double-hull canoe, in 1981. WHCC hopes the E Ala can soon be returned to the Wai`anae Boat Harbor after a long hiatus, to once again be used to teach navigation, canoe-building, marine science, and other skills.

Dawn Clarke of Kalena’s Kitchen catered a delicious lunch for the meeting, featuring organic greens from Kahumana Farm and “Wai`anae Gold” kiawe bean flour desserts. Wai`anae Boat Fishing Club co-presidents Norman & Bonita Swift provided the tables, chairs, coffee, utensils, sign-in sheet, bottled water, set-up, clean-up, and other hospitality.

Mahalo nui loa to Keoni Ford of DIBS Hawaii, Doug Ewalt of Hawaii NauticalHawai`i Maoli, Polynesian Voyaging Society, and many others who have provided financial and in-kind support for the E Ala.  More support is needed.  Tax deductible contributions for the E Ala can be made through: Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club, P. O. Box 687, Wai`anae, HI  96792.

For more information, click here or contact Anela Cantrell, E Ala Project Chair, Wai`anae Hawaiian Civic Club (WHCC), at angiecantrell99@live.com or 215-380-6260.  Anela is the daughter of the late Gege Kawelo of WHCC, who led the charge for the return of the E Ala for many years.

Click here for more photos from the E Ala voyaging canoe meeting.

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