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Voyaging group enlists community to rebuild canoe

  • GEORGE F. LEE / 1999

    The sailing canoe Makalii moored at pier 19 in Honolulu harbor

KOHALA >> A voyaging group has enlisted the help of community members to rebuild a canoe called Makalii.

West Hawaii Today reports over 100 students and community members joined one of the original builders, Mike Manu, as well as senior captain and navigator Chadd Paishon and the Waimea-based Na Kalai Waa voyaging group on Saturday in repairing the canoe.

Makalii was originally built in the mid-1990s. The goal is to put the vessel back in the sea for future voyages.

Apprentices and high school students were sanding, shaping and lacquering the wood that will form supports and crossbeams.

The 54-foot vessel is getting new gunnels, railings, deck, and its fiberglass hulls refurbished.

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