Volunteers sought to finish canoe

Maui’s first deep ocean voyaging canoe, Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani, will launch at the winter solstice Dec. 21. Final finishing and outfitting this traditional double-hull, two-mast canoe is underway at Hui o Wa’a Kaulua dry dock next to Kamehameha Iki Park, under the direction of Capt. Timi Gilliom.

Volunteer workdays are every Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

Volunteers with woodworking, carpentry and wood-finishing skills are asked to call the hui at 667-4050, to email huiowaakaulua@gmail.com or to visit the dry dock at 525 Front St.

Some jobs that need to be done are building shelving in the hulls, constructing and installing stanchion rails and building the navigators’ seats. Many canoe parts need sanding and multiple applications of varnish.

In addition to woodworkers, the hui needs volunteers to make ‘ukana nets as well as kupuna volunteers to provide cultural support and encouragement to the staff and volunteers.

A fundraising campaign is underway to pay for sails, anchors and safety equipment that cannot be built by hand. To contribute time or resources to this project, contact Hui o Wa’a Kaulua at www.huiowaa.org.