Voyaging Canoe Events Take Sail in February

January 23, 2014, 3:36 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 6:53 PM
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February’s a big month for Nā Kālai Waʻa, the Kohala-based Makaliʻi voyaging family, with two major events that support the organization’s mission to perpetuate the legacy of Polynesian navigation and voyaging canoes.

The first concert for the voyaging canoe Makaliʻi will be held on Saturday night, Feb. 1, and should be a blockbuster at the Kahilu Theatre. Hoku Award winner Kainani Kahaunaele, Big Island Music Award winner Hawane Rios, Kindy Sproat Falsetto and Storytelling Contest winner Kealiʻi Bertelmann, and Kalani Souza all will be performing.

The concert begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20-$35 and available at

A week later the 3rd annual Mālama Makaliʻi Ocean Festival, a family day of fun and learning about the ocean and the voyaging canoe Makaliʻi, will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Hālau Kukui, located within the Port of Kawaihae, Kawaihae Harbor.

E Kolu Mea Nui, Bambu and others will entertain at the free event and there will be information booths and family-friendly activities.


The festival is sponsored by Nā Kālai Waʻa, a non-profit educational organization founded by Clay Bertelmann. For more info call 885-9500 or go to

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