A Native Hawaiian Place of Learning for Voyagers of the World


Find Out Skills and Information That Crew Members Learn in the Training Process.


The traditional hālau wa’a was a longhouse, a covered structure near the shoreline dedicated to all matters related to canoes, and whose linear measure could provide ample shelter for vessels of sizeable length. 


Before the invention of the compass, sextant and clocks, or more recently, the satellite-dependent Global Positioning System (GPS), Pacific Islanders navigated open-ocean voyages without instruments, using instead their observations of the stars, the sun, the ocean swells, and other signs of nature for clues to direction and location of a vessel at sea.

‘Ohana Engagement

Connecting keiki and ‘ohana with resources to perpetuate the Pacific voyaging legacy of our kūpuna. Begin your journey and set sail with digital and hands-on activities for all ages!