Dreamstarter™ Grant Program
in Kapaau, HI (Native Hawaiian)
Hokani’s dream is to educate his North Kohala community in the construction of a traditional Hawaiian canoe. This will be the first canoe built by the families in his community. His project will involve workshops on the history, building, and caring for the canoe and the ocean.
"I feel there is a great need to educate our students, 'ohana (family) and community about a valuable means of transportation our Native Hawaiian people once had.
By learning about a canoe, building it with our own hands, learning how to use it and take care of it my community will be blessed with a gift of a canoe." -Hokani
Support Hokani's Dream
Kohala Mountain News: "Kohala High Freshman, Hokani Maria, Receives Dreamstarter Grant"
Kohala High School News: "Canoe for Kohala"