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

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

RACING

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

WA‘A GENEALOGY

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

Koa Canoe Racing

We crossed again! Uncle Bobby was so thrilled to be able to cross the Molokaʻi Channel with 2 crews again this year, during the Nā Wahine O Ke Kai and the Molokaʻi Hoe. Mahalo everyone for helping...
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Paddle-Making Workshops 2017

GIFT ALERT! Register a friend or family to make their own paddle with Uncle Bobby at Heʻeia State Park for three weekends. We can even make them a special gift certificate. Uncle Bobby’s once a year...
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Casino Sunday 2017

Casino Sunday Fundraiser! Returning to Heʻeia State Park April 9th, 2017

Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017 Time: 2 – 6 pm Location: Heʻeia State Park, Kaneʻohe Purpose: Annual meeting and Fundraiser Please Note: This fundraising event is for those 18 years and older! No keiki...
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