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.

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

Bobby Puakea

Ching Foundation Matching Grant

Hūlō, hūlō! The Puakea Learning Center is underway. We need your help to build a permanent place to mālama our precious koa canoes. Help us support Uncle Bobby and the many apprentices who are...
Puakea Learning Center Featured on KITV

Puakea Foundation Learning Center Featured on KITV

Many mahalos to KITV for giving us a shout out and covering the ground-breaking ceremony for the new learning center! Click here to view the 26-second clip on our Facebook page. You can learn more...

Casino Night Fundraiser: October 1, 2017

Please save the date! SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2017 Time: 1-5 pm Location: He‘eia State Park, Kaneohe Cost: $40.00 online, $50.00 at the door Includes '500 Bobby Bucks' and 1 drink Tickets can now be...