Maui's first deep ocean voyaging canoe, Mo'okiha o Pi'ilani, will launch at the winter solstice, Dec. 21. Final finishing and outfitting this traditional double-hull, two-mast canoe is underway at Hui o Wa'a Kaulua dry dock next to Kamehameha Iki Park, under the direction of Captain Timi Gilliom
Volunteers with woodworking, carpentry and wood finishing skills are asked to call the hui at 667-4050, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the dry dock at 525 Front St. Help is needed building shelving in the hulls, constructing and installing stanchion rails, and building the navigators' seats. Many canoe parts need sanding and multiple applications of varnish.
In addition to woodworkers, the hui needs volunteers to make 'ukana nets. Kupuna volunteers are needed to provide cultural support and encouragement to our staff and volunteers.
Every Saturday is Volunteer Work Day. Work begins at 9 a.m.
Through the years, thousands of community members have donated to and worked on Mo'okiha o Pi'ilani. These are the final preparations for the launch.
An active fundraising campaign is underway to pay for sails, anchors and safety equipment that cannot be built by hand. To contribute your time or resources to this project, contact Hui o Wa'a Kaulua at www.huiowaa.org.