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Ka Manu Kāhea
Ka Manu Kāhea honors the many voices of the canoe. Starting with the story of a single man learning to chant at the ocean, and first finding his way around sung histories. The film then follows the birth of canoes as told and remembered through chants and songs, both from the past and the present.
Ka Manu Kāhea features the stories, voices, and melodies of those who were "instrumental" in the building, launching, and sailing of the single-hulled canoe, Mauloa, and later the double-hulled canoe, Makaliʻi.
The film is a call, like the call of the manu kāhea, to invite everyone back to the waʻa, back to the ocean, and back to our shared memories and histories.
The Mauloa Restoration Project brings together the remaining six Masters of traditional Hawaiian canoe carving and construction (Kālai Waʻa) to pass on their knowledge and skills for the traditional sailing canoe, Mauloa. The Kālai Waʻa built Mauloa in 1992-93 being the first traditionally built canoe in over 200 years from a koa log felled with traditional adzes, hewn with adzes, and fabricated with locally collected natural resources. Mauloa now needs all parts replaced, including cordage and a newly assembled sail; however, replacing these parts has proven difficult given that the practice of traditional canoe carving is rapidly declining. Under the tutelage of Masters, the new Apprentices will learn the practice, demonstrate their learning, and contribute to community projects on their home Island. This project will serve at least 12 new Native Hawaiian Apprentices from six (6) communities across three (3) of the Hawaiian Islands. They will be trained in traditional canoe building while 40 community members will be trained in canoe lashing and weaving. Lastly, the project will train 24 community members in the basics of canoe building from the newly trained canoe masters. Ultimately, this restoration provides the platform to preserve key cultural touchstones and re-build the connections communities need in hopes of re-establishing the balance between Human (kanaka), Spirit (akua), and Land/Sea (ʻāina). The Mauloa Restoration Project is supported by the Administration for Native Americans SEDS funding.
Hawaiʻi Land Trust is working with the Kohala community and Nā Kālai Waʻa, the current stewards of Koʻa Heiau Holomoana, to ensure this 642-acres of land remains undeveloped, available for public coastal trail access and education, and an active place of Hawaiian cultural practice. Hawaiʻi Land Trust and the current private landowner have signed an agreement for Hawaiʻi Land Trust to purchase the land and protect it perpetually
Ocean and Community Stewardship - Crew Training
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