Hawaiian Culture Event - April

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Hawaiian Culture Event - Kimo Peleiholani/Canoe Builder
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Kahuna Harry Uhane Jim

This month we present Canoe Building with Kimo Peleiholani.

Learn about the Hawaiian history of canoe building; the different parts of the canoe and the tools used to craft them. Plus, we'll hear about Kimo's personal experiences in learning the craft.

Kimoʻs interest in canoe building began at the age of eleven when well-known Hawaiian kalai waʻa Wright Bowman, came to his home to repair a racing koa canoe for the Hui Nalu canoe club. Since then, he would often visit Mr. Bowman to observe and participate in the repairs of other canoes.

Kimo also began canoe paddling during this time and met the Tahitian paddling teams that would come to Hawaiʻi for the annual Molokaʻi Hoe. Kimo and his family became hosts for the Tahitian teams.

Then at the age of fifteen, Kimo met Tahitian tarai vaʻa master and future hanai father Puaniho Tauotaha. Under his tutelage, Kimo learned the art of canoe building and would go on to help build many canoes for canoe clubs, hotels, schools, personal collections and movies.

Kimo lives in Kaimu-Kalapana with his family.

Kalani's series of Hawaiian Culture Events feature a different Hawaiian cultural practitioner who speaks and shares 'ike (wisdom) through talk story, hō`ike`ike (demonstration), or hana`ana (performances).
These Hawaiian Culture Events provide a unique forum where Hawai`i and its peoples can come together and share cultural knowledge, customs, and aloha to all willing to receive.

Admission: Donations Gratefully Accepted