"He wa'a he moku he moku he wa'a."
The Na Kālai Waʻa Mission Statement "He waʻa he moku, he moku he waʻa" simply translates to "The canoe is our island, and the island is our canoe."
On a canoe you have finite resources, both natural and human.
Clay Bertelmann, founder of Na Kālai Waʻa, uttered these words when explaining the unique holistic nature of wa'a practices and how they relate to us individually and as a larger community.
A voyaging canoe is a maritime parallel to the kauhale (village) system of Hawaiʻi. The success of a canoe depends on all kūlana (roles) of society. Crew consist of lawaiʻa (fishermen), mahiʻai (farmers), kahuna pule (priests), kahuna noeʻau (craftsmen), aliʻi (leaders), and makaʻāinana (the people). The canoe presents a platform for each individual to pracitice their cultural lifestyle in a synergetic way. Simply put, what we do on land we do on the canoe.
This is what makes Makaliʻi programs unique; each individual is celebrated for what they can contribrute to the whole 'ohana. We are the village. What we do to survive on land, we do to survive on the canoe.
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