Left Puakō at 7:30 July 5 with a strong ʻOilauniu wind. Without putting our sails up we arrived at Kapalaoa. On July 6 we set sail for Keawaiki in blistering wind. On July 7 we set sail for Kīholo with very light wind.
Wind was crazy shifting 180 degrees and swirling around. We did get a short sail in then un-rigged the canoes and loaded them up on our trailer in preparation for our Destination Voyage in a week.
We installed our new shorter sails on our canoes and launched them. Great wind. New sails handled well. Checked on our Makaloa out plantings. Not doing to good.
Crew members of the various racing canoes explained the rigging and operation of their high tech racing canoes to to the Na Pe'a Crew. They also hosted us at their dinner at Keokea Beach Park in Kohala. The first leg of their 2018 season is from Keokea to Hana Maui.
We ventured up through the Keauhou section of the Kahalu'u Forest reserve to find the native woods that were used in construction of traditional Hawaiian canoes. We were able to spend the night at the Kamehameha Schools Hoapili cabin located just mauka of the Forest Reserve.
Rigged our four "Kaelemakule" hulls then took Hauliuli and Olinolino out surfing. Small but fun waves. Great day.
Na Pe'a served as the Anchor Watch crew during Hokule'a recent visit to Kailua Kona. Crew members slept on board the voyaging canoe and sailed our smaller wa'a kaukahi around Kailua Bay...
Na Pe'a helped pull weeds and other non-Makaloa plants from the fenced in enclosure at Kiholo then helped plant some Makaloa root plants around the main Kiholo Fish pond. Ruth reviewed the various kinds of Leadership styles found in organizations and helped us determine what leadership style we had.
Na Pe'a opened its 2018 Season with a planning meeting held a Nahulili in Keauhou and a test run for our two new Wiliwili ama out of Kailiilinehe.