Koa Canoes

Members of the Puakea Foundation learn about wood, wood-working, and the traditional art of canoe making. Below are pictures featuring the wa’a (canoe) projects on the Big Island and at He’eia Park on Oahu, led by Uncle Bobby. Bobby has had the assistance of several students during these multi-year projects.

Building a Koa Canoe with Uncle Bobby

Rolling the log into place
Measuring the first cut
Marking the measurements
Long view of the log
Detail of measurements
Hollowing it out
Carving the side
Student volunteer with Uncle Bobby
Canoe Halau
Uncle Bobby

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