About Our Programs
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.
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.
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.
Articles from Our Blog
Join the Puakea Foundation in Celebrating Pacific Island Canoe Culture at our annual Casino Night Fundraiser: June 16th, 2023
Dear Friends, Paddlers, Canoe Clubs, Coaches, and Wa‘a Builders! This is a very special auction event this year and we hope you will join us! Yes, we are fundraising for the Puakea Foundation, AND,...
Paddle Making Workshop 2023
Uncle Bobby's Paddle Workshop returns in FEBRUARY 2023 Uncle Bobby’s once a year paddle workshop is back! Donʻt miss out. This is a UNIQUE experience in learning about Hawaiian culture, tropical...
Paddle Making Workshop 2020
APRIL 2020 Uncle Bobby's Paddle Workshop April 17th: Aloha Friends, due to current circumstances it is with great regret that Uncle Bobby's second Paddle Making Workshop has been postponed...