Passing down tradition through canoe building

Passing down tradition through canoe building


That’s the lesson many Hawaii navigators have learned from the voyages of sailing canoes. One is sharing his skill of canoe building at the Kane-huna- moku Voyaging Academy. KITV 4’s Ashley Moser has the story. 15:30 PULE Nat After three months — the time has finally come for the Elleen Eoreni to set sail. The journey — not one with many miles. THIS canoe will stay right here in Hawaii to serve as an educational tool. NAT OF PULE 700 volunteers came together to build the 16 foot canoe. The process — led by Plasito son of Papa Mau — master navigator from Micronesia who led Hokulea on her first voyage to Tahiti in 1976. Using his father’s knowledge — Plasito showed volunteers how to carve with ko’i. Miguel 22:26 “JUST LEARNING HOW TO LISTEN TO THE WOOD AND LISTEN TO THE TOOL AND LET THE TOOL GUIDE YOU VERSUS TRYING TO FORCE THE TOOL TO DO SOMETHING I THINK IT’S SOMETHING YOU LEARN BY DOING.” 22:42 The group used this Albezia tree from Kalihi Valley. It took them 75 work days to complete the canoe. Volunteers say crafting her was a cultural experience. Miguel 21:49 “EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE DIFFERENCES IN CULTURE LIKE LANGUAGE, WE’D ALWAYS ASK PLASITO IN YOUR LANGUAGE HOW DO YOU SAY THIS? HOW DO YOU SAY THAT? OF COURSE THE WORDS ARE DIFFERENT BUT OVERALL THE FEELING WAS NOT TOO FOREIGN.” 22:03 And that feeling is what organizers strived for. Program leader — Kamaka Seippi says building the vessel was a way for volunteers to learn about Micronesian traditions. Kamaka 24:19 “THE MICRONESIAN COMMUNITY IS SUCH AN UNDER SERVED AND NEW POPULATION IN HAWAII AND YET PAPA MAU WHO IS OF THAT COMMUNITY GAVE SO MUCH TO US IT’S A WAY TO GIVE BACK AND CONTINUE TO HONOR HIS LEGACY.”24:35 A legacy she believes will be passed down with the Ellen Eoreni. Ashley Moser — KITV 4 News.

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