Nā Peʻa crew members learn about the cultural significance of the traditional Hawaiian canoe along with its connection to the Native Hawaiian Forest. Crew members also learn the mechanics of rigging a canoe and the skills to sail a canoe on the open ocean. Emphasis is placed on the student crew members running the canoe completely by themselves.
Program activities consist of Day sails where crew members practice sailing, steering, and canoe balance techniques. Overnight coastal voyages allow crew members to develop sail plans, supply lists and emergency response plans unique to the specific voyage.
Program activities are generally conducted between March and July of each year.
The target group for entry-level crew members is Middle School students living in the Kona District
The program is offered at no expense to student crew members.