Have to Know

Nā Pe'a Core Values

The limited space on a canoe physically and mentally confines people of different temperaments into very close quarters.  If the people on the canoe do not have a common set of values or patterns of expected behavior, differences of opinion and perceptions  can quickly erupt into conflict. "Core Values" carry with them expected patterns of behavior. This predictability reduces stress, misunderstanding, and conflict.

Nā Pe'a Oli (Chants)

Chants are an important part of the Na Pe'a program.   They are used to introduce ourselves when we visit others and when others visit us.  They are used to help us focus our thoughts and enter into a state of Lokahi.  They are also used to help us maintain an mental state of appriciation or Mahalao.   To hear the audio and see the written version of the Oli hit the GO button.

Unique Features Of The Hawaiian Canoe

 The Hawaiian canoe was designed to handle the unique ocean conditions that surround the Hawaiian islands.         As a result there are specific features of the Hawaiian canoe that make it unique. Na Pe'a uses these canoe part names in our teachings and daily workings to honor and perpetuate traditional Hawaiian knowledge systems..

How Does a Hawaiian Sail Work?

There are two basic types of sails.  They both work on the principles of "Lift" and "Drag".

He Makeʻe Waa

Curriculum for the Na Pe'a Program.  He Make'e Wa'a explores the physical, intellectual and spiritual elements that make the Hawaiian canoe, not only unique... but... Hawaiian.

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Should Know

Canoe Part Names

Each piece of the canoe is specifically named, and often within each piece, individual parts had names too. Names, whether belonging to a canoe part, a plant, a wind, or a person, are given for a specific reason. Na Pe'a uses these canoe part names in our teachings and daily workings to honor and perpetuate traditional Hawaiian knowledge systems..

Sea Condition Names

Understanding what the different conditions of the ocean surface means is critical for making sound decisions on when to set sail or when to run for shelter. Hawaiian culture devised a method to categorize sea states and the hazards that they posed.

Place Names Important to Nā Peʻa

Nā Peʻa sails along the Kona and South Kohala Coasts stopping at various places along the way.  Each place has a story or moʻolelo that tells of the history of the place. It is important that our crew membere understand the stories of these Wahi Pana or storied places.

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Knot Tying

An Animated applications that shows you how to tie  the many knots we use while on the water.

Cloud Names

Cloud formations can help forecast the weather.  Western and Hawaiian Names for different cloud formations....

Ahupua'a Names and History

Each District on the Island of Hawaii was subdivided into smaller land management unites called Ahupua'a.  This  link will take you to maps and historical information on the Hawaii Island Ahupua'a....

Moon Phases & Tides

The pull of the moon affects all life on earth. Canoe people need to be especially aware of moon phases as they relate to tides.  An important part of sail planning is understanding tidal conditions during launching and landing.

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