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Communities and Partnership

Makalii and Kawaihae Canoe Club in Kawaihae HarborThe beauty of the wa'a (canoe) is that it allows each person to find his or her own path, or to seek the specific roles and responsibilities that fit who they are as individuals. The waʻa is a reflection of community, of combining strengths and drawing on the individual talents of members of diverse communities to complete the tasks at hand.


Ke Kaiāulu - the Community We Serve

Makaliʻi was built to provide our community with a canoe that could be easily accessed for educational purposes as well as community development. Nā Kālai Waʻa firmly holds to these ideologies and strives to maintain our relationships and commitments to the following communities i ola kākou a pau (so that we all may continue to thrive).

•    Kohala and Moku o Keawe, Hawaii Island – the community which supports and sustains NKW and Makali’i on a daily basis.

•    Hawaii nei, the Hawaiian Island Chain - linking our voyaging canoe communities via the channels between our islands, the traditional seaways upon which our ancestors voyaged daily providing trade and cultural continuance.

•    Moananuiākea, the greater Pacific Ocean - community of Pacific Islanders and native peoples linked to us through our common ancestries and cultures of voyaging and canoes.Mixed crew from Makalii, Hokulea and Aligano Maisu


Nā Hoa Kaiāulu - Community Partnerships

In the beginning, under the guidance of Captain Clayton Bertelmann, five groups came together, combining their various areas of expertise, to support the building of Hawai'i's first double-hulled canoe.

These groups included: Nā Kālai Wa'a, Punana Leo o Waimea, the Kupuna Program of the DOE, Hālau Hula Ke'alaonamaupua, and Nā Koa o Pu'ukohola. 

Since these early beginnings Nā Kālai Waʻa has further expanded its partnerships to include the following organizations:

Pua Lincoln with a school group in MajuroNā Pua Noʻeau, Kamehameha Schools, the YMCA of Waimea, Friends of Kohala Preservation, Polynesian Voygaing Society, the Waʻa ʻOhana.

Current partnerships are being developed with the following organizations:

the Kohala Center, Hawaiʻi Community College


If you are interested in partnering with Nā Kālai Waʻa, please contact us via our contact page.

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:

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