The Hui o Wa’a Kaulua (“Assembly of the Double-Hull Canoe”) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization formed in 1975 on the island of Maui to practice, perpetuate and educate the community on Hawaiian canoe building, wayfinding and voyaging arts. In 1976 the Hui launched Mo’olele (The Leaping Lizard), solid wood hull 42-foot wa’a kaulua (Hawaiian double hull canoe) with single mast and traditional crab claw sail.
Hui o Wa’a Kaulua uses Mo’olele as a living classroom to teach keiki and adults traditional Polynesian wayfinding and voyaging used by our Hawaiian Ancestors. Thousands have touched the canoe; second generation captains and navigators, taught by students of Mau Piailug, continue to teach Maui’s community using hands-on experience and a traditional system of mentoring.
The organization is the only non-profit on the island of Maui that uses a traditional sailing wa’a kaulua for educational purposes, and Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani will join Mo’olele in the role of “living classroom.” A Maiden Voyage Project will take Hui o Wa’a education to 7 ports-of-call throughout the Hawaiian Islands, to bring voyaging arts education to our communities. The canoe has been touched by thousands and represents the hard work and aloha of the whole Maui community. Mo’okiha o Pi’ilani is also the newest sister of the great voyaging canoes of Hawai’i, that began with Hokule’a on O’ahu.
The Hui o Wa’a Kaulua works closely with The Polynesian Voyaging Society in education, exploration, and preservation of voyaging arts. As ‘ohana, the Hui gratefully receives mentoring, and supports the endeavors of all Hawaii’s great voyaging canoes.
LAUNCH STAFF (Hui o Wa’a Kaulua is an organization run completely by volunteers)
President – Leonard Kimokeo Kapahulehua
Vice President – Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom
Secretary – Clifford R. Libed
Treasurer – Anela Guiterrez
Director – Rick Bissen
Director – Kau’i Kahaiali’i
Director/Cultural Advisor – Clifford Naeole
Captain – Timothy Gilliom
Education Coordinator – Paanaakala Tanaka
Executive Director – Beth Arnoult
Documentarian – Brendan George Ko
Hui O Wa’a Kaulua — “Assembly of the Double-Hulled Canoes” is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Kako’o ~ Support
If you would like to learn more about Hui o Wa’a Kaulua and support our cause, please refer to the information provided below:
525 Front Street
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761