Our Canoe Family
Our family of canoes extends across the Pacific, but our direct genealogy of voyaging extends to our ʻOhana Waʻa in Hawaiʻi. Here are the canoes that make up ʻOhana Waʻa and our ʻOhana Makaliʻi.
Hōkūleʻa was the first double hulled voyaging canoe built in our modern times. She was constructed in 1975 and made her maiden voyage in 1976.
Hawaiʻiloa was the second double-hulled voyaging canoe built here in Hawaiʻi. She was launched in 1993. The logs used to build Hawaiʻiloa's hulls came from the Pacific North West.
Iosepa is the fourth double hulled voyaging canoe built in Hawaiʻi in 2002. She is maintained by the Brigham Young University in Lāʻie and serves as a floating classroom for that community.
Hōkūalakaʻi is the fifth double-hulled voyaging canoe built in Hawaiʻi. She was launched in 2004. Hōkūalakaʻi is dedicated to perpetuating the Hawaiian Language through its practices onboard and off.
Na Mahoe, Nawiliwili
Nā Māhoe was constructed on Kauaʻi. Nā Māhoe was built to provide the people of Kauaʻi with regular access to educational, cultural and an inspirational resource. Nā Māhoe is a 72-foot long, twin-hulled, long distance voyaging canoe. Her caretakers are the Nā Kālai Waʻa O Kauaʻi organization.
Hikianalia was built in the South Pacific style and is the latest member of the ʻOhana Waʻa since 2012. Hikianalia is the companion star to Hōkūleʻa and so the canoe was named Hikianalia as she was the companion canoe to Hōkūleʻa as she traveled around the world.
Moʻokiha O Piʻilani, Lahaina
Moʻokiha O Piʻilani is a 62 ft. double-hulled voyaging canoe that serves as a living classroom for the youth of Hawaii. She was built in Lāhaina and released into the ocean on July 11th, 2014. Her caretakers, ʻohana and crew are Hui Waʻa Kaulua.
Hawaiian Coastal Sailing Canoes
E Ala, Waiʻanae
E Ala is a double-hulled coastal sailing canoe constructed in 1981 by the Waiʻanae Civic Club for the people of Leeward Oʻahu. She is currently being used for educational programs on Oʻahu.
Moʻolele was lost in the devastating fire in Lahaina, Maui. We know she is sailing in the ancestral realm and will be missed. Moʻolele was a double hulled coastal sailing canoe built in 1976 by ʻohana and caretakers of Hui Waʻa Kaulua of Lāhaina, Maui. Read more about Moʻolele in this recent tribute article by Hawaii Public Radio.
Kānehūnāmoku was built as a training vessel and educational tool for crew members and ohana of Makaliʻi. She currently provides education programs to communities of O'ahu throughout the year.