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Papa Waʻa Voyage 2020


Kainoa Hayes,
Waʻa Haumana

November 22 2019

My name is Kainoa Hayes, I am a 9th grader at Hālau Kū Māna NCPCS (HKM), which is a Hawaiian-focused public charter school located in Makiki Valley, serving grades 4-12. HKM delivers curriculum that is standards-based, integrated with cultural and ‘āina-focused knowledge, and empowers students to affect positive change within their communities.

In my class, we focus on Hawaiian voyaging. In partnership with Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy, a not-for-profit educational organization, we learn the rich history of Hawaii’s voyaging past and present. We train throughout the year on a 29-foot double hulled sailing canoe called Kānehūnāmoku, learning important concepts like teamwork, communication, and leadership through hands-on application. This year I am most excited about voyaging and hoʻokele (navigating). As part of our “hoʻike” or cumulative test of skills learned, our class embarks on a 5-day voyage within Kāneʻohe Bay. On this sail, we have the opportunity to put all our learning to test and create a community on the ocean. It’s through experiences like this that help us begin their high school journey and make a course plan for their future. We hope this voyage allows us the opportunity to find our place in the world and make headway on our future goals and aspirations.


Waʻa Huakaʻi Voyage



March 9th – 13th, 2020


Breakdown of Costs:

  • Charter fee for Kānehūnāmokuand escort vessels
  • Kānehūnāmoku Captain and Crew
  • Supplies and student gear


Learning Objectives – We will: 

  • Work collaboratively to apply sailing training on a bay crossing
  • Utilize communication and leadership skills to effectively function and operate a vessel
  • Engage in reflective writing pieces that chronicle the experience of a 5-day sail and its impact on our lives
  • Conduct scientific data collection


  • Successful and safe sail
  • Reflection journals with photos
  • Data collection tables, to be analyzed in class on land
  • Starline observation notes
  • Weather/Environmental condition logs
  • Ship Logs
  • Blog entries for the website


Without fundraising, the cost to each student would be significant. This would be a huge burden on families and we hope to offset that as much as possible by creative fundraising and the support of our ʻōhana.

Current projects are listed below:

Onipaʻa Shawl


OFFICIAL 2020 ʻOnipaʻa Celebration Shawl

Limited Edition

To raise funds for this event, we have been given the opportunity to offer a very special shawl. This is the Official Shawl of the 2020 ʻOnipaʻa a Celebration and Peace March. vis

To get yours before they are gone, or for more info, visit the Product Page on the HKM Web Store.

This could be your only chance to reserve a special Garment.


Financial contributions can be made to offset the cost of the trip. Donations can be credited to a specific student or the class as a whole. These gifts are appreciated and go a long way to make the huakaʻi affordable for all.

Mahalo nui to all our ʻōhana and na aikāne for your gracious kokua!

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