Crew members share canoe culture

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani crew members paddle guests back to Makena’s Maluaka Beach after a visit to the voyaging canoe Saturday morning. The free ocean stewardship program for children, Papa Holokai, was hosted by Makena Golf & Beach Club and guided by members of Hui o Wa’a Kaulua. The community outreach gave youngsters an opportunity to learn traditional sailing and navigation practices and build conservation awareness through beach and ocean activities. It culminated five days of training for new Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani crew members. “How to care for the canoe and how to care for the ‘aina (land),” said crew member Mahina Hou Ross of Molokai. “It’s all connected. The canoe is your island and island is your canoe.” Hui o Wa’a Kaulua Educational Director Kala Babayan Tanaka oversaw the program.

SECOND PHOTO: Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani crew member Lehua Greenwell of Molokai teaches Wailuku Elementary School kindergartner Leila Hatakeyama how to tie a rope off on a cleat Saturday.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos