Puakea Foundation - Perpetuating Pacific Islands Canoe Culture

Puakea Foundation

The Puakea Foundation of Hawai‘i, Inc. was founded in 2005 in honor of Bobby Puakea, aka Uncle Bobby. The foundation is dedicated to preserving Pacific Island Canoe Culture.

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Uncle Bobby and students who attended his Make Your Own Paddle workshop


Education is a core part of our mission. Every year, Uncle Bobby teaches a three-week course on How to Make Your Own Paddle. He also frequently hosts visitors and school groups who watch him work repairing koa canoes at the halau.
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Women's crew approaching the finish line of the Na Wahine o ke kai race


Canoe culture is deeply centered around the art and sport of outrigger canoe racing. The Puakea Foundation promotes the traditional use of koa canoes in races throughout the U.S. and also supports Men’s and Women’s teams.
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photo of the Ho‘ola koa canoe


In 2015, the Puakea Foundation began a long-term project to identify and catalog all of the koa wa‘a (canoes) here in Hawai‘i. We estimate there are close to 100 of them, and we are gathering details of their history and current location.
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Articles from Our Blog


Kualoa / Hakipu‘u Canoe Festival

SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2016 10 am – 4 pm 49-479 Kamehameha Hwy Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 Phone Here is the official press release. Visit Kualoa Regional Park on Facebook. FOR IMMEDIATE...
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Make Your Own Paddle Workshop: 2016

Our annual Make Your Own Paddle Workshop is back again! Uncle Bobby’s once a year paddle workshop is a rich experience in learning about Hawaiian culture, tropical woods, and the ocean...
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flyer for Puakea Casino Night 2015

Casino Night 2015: 3rd Annual Puakea Fundraiser

Plans are really coming together for our annual meeting and fundraiser for the Puakea Learning Center! Donation tickets are on sale now! Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015 Time: 4 – 9 pm...
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