Our Canoes & Vessels
Mauloa was completed, in 1993, by Clayton Bertelmann, Tava Taupu, and many others, under the guidance of Papa Mau. She was created and birthed in the customary and ceremonial practice of kālai waʻa. The purpose of this was to prepare these men to carry on this kūleana and receive the blessing from kūpuna to build the voyaging canoe Makaliʻi. Mauloa is a four man outrigger fishing canoe made out of all natural materials.
Makaliʻi was a dream of uncle Clay Bertelmann (NKW founder). It took nine months to build her in a Parker Ranch Quonset hut located in Waimea. Makaliʻi is a 54-foot waʻa kaulua (double-hulled voyaging canoe) with a single mast rig. On February 4, 1995 Makali'i was born at a launching ceremony in Kawaihae, her home. Makaliʻi left Hawaiʻi on her maiden voyage to Tahiti in March of this same year.
Hōkūliʻiliʻi is 16 foot long double-hulled coastal sailing canoe. The hulls were designed and constructed, in 1997, by Tiger Espere and the canoe was assembled by the students of Waimea Middle School under the leadership of Clay Bertelmann and guidance of Tiger.
Alingano Maisu is a 57-foot double-hulled voyaging canoe built in a traditional manner using modern material. She was built through the Kū Holo Mau Project as a gift for Papa Mau Piaulug in order for his 'ohana and village to sustain their navigation practices throughout Micronesia. Her maiden voyage was in 2007 from Hawaiʻi to Micronesia.
Alakaʻi is a 28 foot Radon that was donated to Nā Kālai Waʻa. She is used primarily as an escort vessel for NKW canoe fleet. Escort vessels' primary duties are to ensure the safety of the canoes and their crew during sails, whether coastal or long distance.