You are here

Kūikawaʻa Crew Training / Work Day


February 4, 2015 marks 20 years since the birth of Makaliʻi.  It is during the year 2015 that extensive dry dock activities are eing conducted in order for her to return to the ocean and navigate another 20 years!  Coordinated by Kūikawaʻa Apprentices and Uncle Shorty, Nā Kālai Waʻa performs some structural upkeep and modifications o Makaliʻi.  Primarily the third saturday of each month, Kūikawaʻa Crew Training / Work Days are scheduled and the community is invited to kōkua.

          January 23         February 20      March 19       April 16      May 21

                                      8:00 am - 4:00 pm

                                     Māhukona Warehouse

         Wear long pants, long sleeved shirt, covered shoes.  Bring a water bottle, lunch, and a friend!

         If you are interested, please use our Contact form requesting that we add you to our volunteer listing.  We will send you Evite notices of Kūikawaʻa Crew Training / Work Days as well as other community work days that we organize.


These Kūikawaʻa Crew Training / Work Day affords you the opportunity to learn how Makaliʻi is constructed, working besides our Makaliʻi navigators and crew members, gaining skills in:

                  - parts of the waʻa

                  - our mele for Makaliʻi as well as other ʻohana waʻa mele

                  - waʻa plants and cordage

                  - line handling & knots

                  - kilohōkū (navigating by stars), kiloʻāina (land & ocean observations)

                  - mālama honua (awareness and practice of how we take care of our land & ocean) 

What can you expect on these Kūikawaʻa Crew Training / Work Day?

There are planned work that needs to be accomplished.  Kūikawaʻa Crew will plan activities around their Dry Dock Schedule.  Our Kūikawaʻa extensive crew team will then coordinate some of the skills training activities you see mentioned above.  There are opportunities to work in various areas throughout the work day.  No special skills required - your aloha and willingness to kōkua is plenty.

We are so grateful to all those individuals, students and teachers, schools and organizations, ʻohana waʻa, community members that have come to kōkua, lending their hands to the work that needs to be done.  Mahalo a nui!

Nā Kālai Wa`a Contact Information

address: P.O. Box 748, Kamuela, HI 96743

office: Waimea Office Center, 65-1206 Mamalahoa Hwy, Suite 1-101, Kamuela, HI 96743

phone: 808-885-9500     fax: 808-887-1144     facebook:

Copyright (c) 2010 All rights reserved.