Birthday for Sailing Canoe at La`i`opua 2020
opua 2020 will celebrate the birthday of newly-built sailing canoe, the Laiopua,at its Kealakehe location, adjacent to the Villages of La`i`ōpua.
The event is free and open to the public; beach chairs and coolers are welcome. Cultural crafts will be demonstrated and shared with participants. The highlight of the afternoon will be a talk story with Pwo/Master Navigator Chadd “Onohi” Paishon and Cultural Protocol Specialist Pomai Bertelmann, hosted by Dr. Holeka Goro Inaba. The guest speakers will share their passion for maintaining the cultural values and customs of open ocean voyaging and navigation by the stars.
This is the second of four “Ola ka Lāhui” events where island historians, kūpuna, story tellers and artisans will share their mana‘o with residents and visitors interested in a deeper connection to Hawai`i’s history, arts, and traditions. The program’s name, “Ola ka Lāhui,” translates to “The Nation Lives On,” reflecting an intent to share the `ike (knowledge) and mo`olelo of Hawai`i for generations to come. Funding for these events is provided by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Kūkulu Ola Program, administered by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.
- Event Area: West Hawaiʻi