About the Hui

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.

Sponsorships are also available.

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)

Hui o Waa President, Kimokeo Kapahulehua

Hawaiian Practitioner, President, ‘Ao’Ao I Nā Loko I’a o Maui, Maui Fishpond Association, community leader 

Hui o Waa Treasurer, Melanie Kehau King

Executive Director, Waste Not Want Not Foundation, Maui.

Apprentice Navigator Kala Baybayan, Education Coordinator

Hawaiian Female Kapena for Hui o Waa Kaulua a trained second-generation Captain and Navigator, A Hawaiian language speaker and student at UHMC. 

Captain Timi Gilliom, Canoe Builder

A mentored captain for Hokule’a, helped with construction and woodworking on all the large canoes of Hawai’i, including Hōkūle’a and Hawai’iloa of O’ahu,Hōkūalaka’i of Hilo, Makali’i of Kawaihae, and Nāmahoe of Kaua’i. Timi is a Commercial fisherman and holds a100 -Ton Captain’s License.

Captain Palani Wright

A mentored captain for Hōkūle’a. Palani holds a 50 -Ton Captain’s License

Shona Lohman, Volunteer Coordinator

Hui o Waa crewmember for Mo’olele and Mo’okiha

Aimee Paradise, Social Media Coordinator

Online marketing professional, graphic designer and Event Coordinator for Hawaiian Land Trust

Chia Michelson, Crowd-funding Volunteer

Local business owner and software platform specialist

Katherine Kama’ema’e Smith, Communications Volunteer

PR and marketing professional, freelance writer, Communications Chair, Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce.

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
(808) 667-4050

Facebook – Hui o Wa’a Kaulua