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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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!

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‘Ohana engagement learning resources include fun and developmentally appropriate activities for your keiki and ‘ohana. We’ve put together a wide variety of activities that will help you learn about wayfinding.

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Learning Activities

Practice using your kilo (observation) to observe the environment around you.

Identify the names/functions of the various parts of a canoe and of materials used to construct a canoe.

Identify the 32 houses of the Hawaiian Star Compass and how to use it to identify direction

Build and create a weather vane with your ʻohana.Practice and hone the skills of kilo (observation) while adding tools to use in your ʻohana weather observations.

Strengthen your creativity and resourcefulness by building your own lupe (kite).

Understanding cardinal points is a fundamental skill that helps us orient ourselves wherever we might be.

Understanding how native Hawaiians observed land-based seabirds will guide haumanā in their understanding of ancestral insight and the importance of aloha `āina.

Let’s color Hawiian seabirds (’Iwa, Manuokū, Noio) together.