National Park Hosts Program on Ka Wa’a Kaulua

February 25, 2020, 3:52 PM HST (Updated February 25, 2020, 3:52 PM)
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Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park will host an evening program in the park’s amphitheater on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 7 PM. This is a free event.

From ancient times continuing through the modern era, the wa’a kaulua has had a central role in the life of the people of Hawai’i. Gods and Goddesses, people, animals and plants all arrived in the Hawaiian Islands aboard these vessels.

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In the following centuries, family ties, exchanges both cultural and material, romance, diplomacy and warfare all were carried upon nā kai ‘ewalu — the eight seas — aboard these sleek and able craft. In more recent times, they buoyed up the Hawaiian cultural renaissance and enabled it to sail briskly toward a better future.

Kapena Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa, a fourth generation Hawaiian canoe builder, canoe captain and cultural educator will take you for a sail in story and images “aboard” Ka Wa’a Kaulua.

For more information, contact Keola Awong (808) 328-2326 Ext. 1212, check out the website,
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