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Nā Peʻa

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.

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Observational Skills

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.

Hawaiian Cloud Names

Cloud formations are useful tools in predicting weather conditions....

Moon Phases and Tides

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Canoe Skills

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.

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..

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..

Aho Hoa Waʻa (Lashing)

Aho hoa waʻa is the Hawaiian term for rigging a canoe.  The rigging process is time consuming but when completed is beautiful and very efficient

How Does a Hawaiian Sail Work?

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

Knots and Knot Tying

Knot tying skills are critical to operating a sailing canoe safely and effectively

Coastal Navigation

Coastal navigation utilizes steering points called Kukuioʻolopu.  Multipile steering points are used at one time to determine forward progress,  side drift, ab directional orientation. 

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Reference tools and Research Projects.

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Wahipana Important to Nā Peʻa

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....


Ulukau Hawaiian Dictionary

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USGS Topo Maps With Ahupuaʻa

Lava flow ages USGS map

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