A Native Hawaiian Place of Learning for Voyagers of the World



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. 

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Learning Activities

Video / Grades All

Daily Life on the Hōkūleʻa​

What’s it like living at sea on Hōkūle’a? How do wayfinders eat, sleep and use the bathroom when voyaging?

Video / Grades All

History and Parts of Hōkūle’a

Discover the rich history of traditional way finding etched through out the wa’a. And learn how voyagers navigate this sailing vessel.

Video / Grades All

Tour of Hōkūle’a in 360˚

Have you heard of a 360-degree video? Take an interactive 360-degree journey with the Hōkūle’a crew members.

Digital Activity / Grades PreK – 3

Parts of the Wa’a

The wa’a, a traditional Hawaiian canoe, has many important parts that help it float on the water and move through the waves. You will learn the different parts of the wa’a in ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i.

Hands-on Activity / Grades PreK – 3

Wa‘a Cutouts

Let’s assemble all the different parts of the wa‘a together.