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Hale Pai
Pacific American News Journal

Mei-May 1996 Volume 2 Issue 5


No Kamuela Ka`Ahanui
Seattle, Wakinekona

Me kakou ka welina mai me kealoha e na mamo o Hawai`i Nei ma Wakinekona! Nui ka mana`o no`u a me `eli`eli ku`u na`au e pili ana ka wikio hou o ka wa`a kaulua `o Hawai`iloa noho`i. He hau`oli no wau a ku me ka hanohano e nana mai i na po`e apu me ko kakou hoihoi no ke kulana o Hawai`i ma keia `aina i loko. Ua ho`ohui no kakou me ko kakou pu`uwai hamama no ka helena o ia wa`a kaulua ikaika no. Ua loa`a mai ka `eha a me kealoha pau`ole i na mea Hawai`i i loko o ka pahupa`aki`i o ke kanaka Maori, he hoa hanau ia. Oia ho`i ke ea o na kulaiwi o Hawai`i, na mea kahiko o na po`e `Ilikini o keia `aina, a me ka ho`okele ana o ka wa`a ma ke kai puli o ka Pakipika, he mau mea maika`i loa! Ke alaka`i nei no kakou i ka wa mamua aku. E ho`omaka hou `o Hawai`iloa me ka ho`omaka `ika`i o na mea hou, oia ho`i ka `ikepono a me ka na`auao. E ho`ohui kahou me neia mau mana a me ka no`eau. Imua i loa`a ka lei o ka lanakila!


By Kamuela Ka`Ahanui
Seattle, Washington

Greeting and aloha to my fellow descendants of Hawai`i, now in Washington! I have great thoughts that move deep within my soul about the new video, Hawai`iloa. How happy I was to stand proudly and see the mixture of interesting people, representing all of Hawai`i’s finest heritage and being in a place so far from home. We were joined together with open hearts at the appearance of the strength of this double-hulled canoe. The images of our own people, the traditions of those natives of this land, and the heading of the canoe in these dark Pacific waters, are captured in everlasting aloha by a Maori cousin’s talented camera. Hawai`iloa is just the beginning of new directions for us all and foretell the discoveries yet to come as we all learn from the new knowledge and enlightenment of a spirit that bind us all. Let us go forward and seize the lei of victory!


By Bob Baird
Corvallis, Oregon
Owner Book Bin - Pacifica

When I was about six years old, my father bribed me to get me to learn to swim. The deal was that once I could swim on my own to a raft offshore, I'd get my own outrigger canoe. We were living in Samoa and Mom and Dad got a young man to teach me to swim.

The paopao canoe reward came after a while because it took a while to get it made. This outrigger was just the right size for a kid and too little for adults. It was about seven feet long and ten inches wide, with an outrigger three and a half feet off on the fight hand side. In 1957 there were a lot of these canoes around the shoreline of Tutuila, the island we lived on. Mine was about as small as they came, but I don't remember seeing any that would hold more than three adults.

We went out in our canoes pretty often. Dad had gotten another that was bigger so he and my brother could be out in it and sometimes we lashed the two together and put on a sail. To me these all seemed like normal things to do because everyone had boats of one kind or another.

In 1960 we moved to Hawaii and brought our canoes along. The strange thing was that in Hawaii the only canoes were multi-adult racing canoes. We had the only small canoes I ever remember seeing the whole seventeen years we lived in Hawaii.

Years later looking at archival pictures of Hawaii I noticed that many images had small canoes along the beaches like I remember from Samoa. These were definitely small Hawaiian canoes and were probably used inside reefs to get around in, fish, and canoe-surf in.

Pila Laronal, Hale Pai Publisher, invited me to come to Seattle in April to see the video about the Hawai`iloa's trip through the Northwest last summer. The film talks about there being no trees left in Hawaii large enough to make voyaging canoes. It reminded me of my youth with outriggers and made me wonder again why Hawaii has no small canoe revival going on as a part of the Polynesian Voyaging Society revival of canoe culture. What better way for kids to get involved? There should be plenty of trees in Hawaii big enough to be used to make this kind of canoe.

From my own experience I can recommend that reviving this part of Hawaii's past would be a lot of fun, and might even be a way for some people to earn a good living making the canoes. I'll be happy to talk to anyone interested.

Write or call Bob Baird at "The Book Bin - Pacifica", 228 SW Third St, Corvallis, OR 97333. Phone (541) 752-0045.

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