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Perpetuation Of Voyaging Knowledge Continues Through Virtual WaÔa Fest
Perpetuation of voyaging knowledge continues through Virtual Waâa Fest
11th Annual Kualoa/Hakipuâu Canoe Festival offering series of six educational videos
OâAHU -- Perpetuating the ocean voyaging culture of Native Hawaiians, and all of our islands' inhabitants, is the focus of a Virtual Waâa Fest launched today as part of the 11th Annual Kualoa/Hakipuâu Canoe Festival.
Through a series of six videos, interested participants from around the world can enjoy five experienced watermen and women as they pass along their manaâo (wisdom) in their respective areas of expertise. Wherever you have access to the internet, you can enjoy or share these educational opportunities.
In our first episodes, now available online on the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation's YouTube Page and other social media, Liko Hoe of the Hakipuâu âOhana shares several stories pertaining to the history of the Kualoa/Hakipuâu area and its connection to Native Hawaiian voyaging and mythology.
Every Wednesday over the next month you'll hear from a variety of presenters on various voyaging-related subjects including:
- HÅkÅ«leÊ»a captain & navigator Kaâiulani Murphy and her various journeys with the fabled vessel and its crews.
- Master canoe & paddle builder Uncle Bobby Puakea on his crafting techniques and what influenced his traditional methods.
- Nakoa Prejean, cofounder of the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association & Kawaipuna Foundation, and the importance of sailing culture, and need to continue its perpetuation, in Hawaiâi and beyond.
- Uncle Calvin Hoe and the historical significance of Mau Piailug and the HÅkÅ«leÊ»a.
These videos were produced by 30-year filmmaking veteran Tobi Nova, owner of Go West Audio who has worked on various film and television projects, including several major motion picture productions, here in Hawaiâi. He has also helped with the canoe fest for several years.
For over a decade, this festival has sought to highlight and continue Hawaiâi's oceangoing traditions, and most years was blessed with a visit from the HÅkÅ«leÊ»a and her crew from the Polynesian Voyaging Society. The event also served as a birthday celebration of the famed vessel from the very region where it originated.
Last year, the canoe festival was not held as one of the first large DPR events to be cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to offer these virtual opportunities this year and extend a fond mahalo to all of the participants and Kualoa Regional Park staff who provided their time and knowledge to help continue this festival.
If you need an auxiliary aid/service, other accommodations due to a disability, or an interpreter for a language other than English in reference to this announcement, please call DPR at (808) 768-3003 on weekdays from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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