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He Waʻa He Moku, He Moku He Waʻa

Kānehūnāmoku, a 29ft. double hull canoe, is a hands-on, dynamic, and living classroom for students of all ages. Students learn all aspects of the canoe, including maritime skills, non-instrumental navigation, elemental observations, teamwork and communication.

This year, funding from OHA’s Grants Program went to Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy’s farm, “He Waʻa He Moku, He Moku He Waʻa”. Here, students grow crops like kalo and ʻuala and also learn lessons that relate to their classroom curriculum.

“We hoped to be able to grow our own food so that when we go on voyages with our students, we can provision from the ʻāina,” said Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner. “If weʻre eating the same foods, on the same ocean, and using the same stars, then we can really start to experience more true to what our ancestors did and I think that will give us a deeper understanding of who we are today.”

For more information on the programs offered by Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy, visit: kanehunamoku.org.


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