About $325,000 is needed to repair, rebuild and relaunch the 57-foot Hawaiiloa

Voyagers appeal for restoration funds

By Michael Tsai

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 27, 2011

Chad Kalepa Baybayan, a navigator from Hilo, explained compass points Sunday during a fundraiser at Bishop Museum by Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawaiiloa.

Jay Dowsett readily admits that current economic conditions make fundraising for the restoration of a traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe an iffy proposition.

Still, the renowned canoe builder and Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawaiiloa board member was hopeful that the community at large would respond to his group’s efforts to raise approximately $325,000 to restore and relaunch the Hawaiiloa, the only double-hulled canoe constructed entirely of native materials using traditional Hawaiian tools.

That effort got off to a spirited start Sunday as more than 200 people gathered at Bishop Museum for an evening of educational presentations, musical performances and hula benefiting the ongoing Hawaiiloa restoration project. The crowd included several sailors from the seven pan-Pacific crews who arrived on Oahu Saturday following a voyage across the Pacific on traditional voyaging canoes inspired by Hokule‘a.

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