Holokai Video


The following videos are provided with the intention of offering another mode of waʻa learning with

our communities.  Nā Kālai Waʻa would like to encourage their use in an effort to increase the richness

of waʻa traditions old and new.


Collecting, Processing, & Making Kākaʻa at Hoea Moku - 

Here is one way to collect, process, and bundle lauhala (pandanus leaves).  If you would like to help Nā Kālai Waʻa prepare hala for Mauloaʻs new sail, we have kits available.  Please submit your request for a kit to nakalaiwaa@gmail.com at least 1 week ahead of the time that you would need it.

Picture Game

"Think Waʻa" Picture Game- 

Nā Kālai Waʻa Crew, this ones for you! 

Can you solve these picture puzzles?  All of these are waʻa related  Think waʻa!  


"Knots" The 6 Essential Knots - 

Learn how to use the 6 essential knots used on the

waʻa (canoe) and also how they may be used in

daily life on land.


Splicing: Part 1 

Short Splice- 

In this video, Pwo Navigator Chadd Paishon introduces us to splicing.  He teaches us what tools we would need to splice, and how to do a "short splice" using a three ply rope. 

Splicing: Part 2 

End Splice & Eye Splice- 

Using the same tools as the last splicing video, Chadd teaches
us two new splices with three ply rope, the "eye splice" and
"end splice".



Learn about 3 main cloud types, their Hawaiian names, how to identify them and what these clouds could mean for approaching weather.

Hoea Moku: Tour

Hoea Moku

Come on a tour with us through Hoea Moku, our property in Hawi, Kohala and learn about some of the plants we grow in our canoe garden.


Hokuliʻiliʻi: Iako

This is a video of Makaliʻi Captain and vessal Manager, Kealiʻi Maielua, showing the restoration process of the iako (outrigger boom) for Hokuliʻiliʻi.

Hokuliʻiliʻi: Heiau

As in ongoing project to restore Hokuliʻiliʻi, in this video we show the process of building a new heiau (hei: to snare, au: current).



Join Pwo Navigator Chadd as he teaches about his tools and techniques used for charting..

Line Handling

Line Handling

In this video, Chadd and Leiʻohu use different line/rope used on the canoe as well as everyday cord, hose, and cowboy lariat to show different ways to handle line on on land and on the canoe.


Whipping: #1

Chadd moves on from splicing to introduce whipping.  With splicing, you combine two pieces of rope together and with whipping you learn to bind twine or cord around the end of your rope to keep it from fraying.  

Whipping: #2

In this second video, Chadd goes over his tools used for whipping and shows a second whipping technique (binding of the end of rope to keep from fraying.)

More Videos

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