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

Paddle Workshop Graduates

Blessing & Ground Breaking – July 30, 2017

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS UNCLE BOBBY AND PATRICIA PUAKEA INVITE YOU TO ATTEND THE BLESSING & GROUND BREAKING OF THE PUAKEA FOUNDATION LEARNING CENTER DATE: SUNDAY, JULY 30, 2017 BLESSING &...
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Help Get Uncle Bobby Out of Jail!

Once again, Uncle Bobby is raising funds for MDA - the Muscular Dystrophy Association. We hope you will join our efforts and help him meet his goal! Click Here to Donate to Uncle Bobby's Get Out of...
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Koa Canoe Racing in 2016

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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