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8/22/17 in Kapaau, HI under Dreamstarter






Kapaau, HI

A longtime dream of Kohala Unupa'a and one of its students, Hokani Maria, is about to set sail. Through a grant program from the Running Strong Foundation for Native American Youth, Hokani was selected as one of 10 Dreamstarters nationwide. 

Hokani's dream? To build a wa'a (canoe) for the Kohala community and to do so with the hands of young and old.

All hands have been on deck this summer as Hokani has organized workshops open to the community and led by long time cultural practitioner and coastal navigator Hualalai Keohuloa. On July 17,Kohala Unupa'a hosted a community showcase at the Hub, displaying the completed canoe for the first time. A blessing and naming of the canoe will be held in early fall.

The Kohala Community would like to send their Aloha to their own, Hokani Maria for his vision and Amoo Ching Kainoa for her mentorship and heart for Kohala's keiki.

  Read more about Hokani's project here!

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