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Nā Peʻa Program Accepting
Applications for 2024 Season  Now! Apply HERE


Nakoa Foundation

The Nakoa Foundation is dedicated to the perpetuation of cultural traditions, values and practices associated with the Traditional

Hawaiian Canoe.   Our  Nā Peʻa and He Hawaiʻi Au educational programs are designed to create a visible Hawaiian presence in our community that maintains those values and perpetuates our Hawaiian Cultural identity.

Nā Peʻa

Nā Peʻa is a youth program sponsored by the Nakoa Foundation  which seeks to instill a sense of social and environmental responsibility by perpetuating the traditions and practices of the traditional Hawaiian Sailing Canoe 

He Hawai'i Au

He Hawaiʻi Au program provides cultural presentations, static displays, and actual short-day sails for schools, community groups, or just interested people

He Makeʻe Waʻa

He Makeʻe Waʻa is a research and curriculum development initiative that supports our programs. Our curriculum is available at


All our programs are run by Volunteers and are free of charge for participants. The cost of maintaining our canoes and supplies for our programs is covered by donations from People Like You.

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