Bobby Puakea

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 gifted with the talents to bring our waʻa to life, as well as those who keep them racing.

Our amazing hālau was designed by Ried Fisher to accommodate and protect our waʻa and tools.

In 2016, Castle Foundation awarded us $90k for this project and we recently broke ground on July. 30th (see video here). The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation has just recently promised $100k WHEN we raise the additional $53k. Can you help us reach our goal by January 1st?

We need YOUR support to complete this project. Show Uncle Bobby how much you love him and koa waʻa for future generations by ensuring this Hawaiian Tradition continues. We’ll be posting a link to our fundraising campaign shortly.

Justyn Ah Chong, of, created this video so you can learn more about our halo and fundraising efforts.