PVS Newletter / Hilina Ma (August-September) 1994
Hawai‘iloa Sea Trials
After 9 months of modifications under the direction of Nainoa Thompson and Chad Baybayan, Hawai'iloa was relaunched on July 18, 1994. Wright Bowman, Jr., Wally Frolseth, Jerry Ongeis, and their woodworking crew cut, chiseled, and sanded 3 tons of wood off the canoe. The hulls were reversed; the stern became the bow, and the bow the stern, so that the rounded end of the hull was at the back of the canoe, and the bow would rise up over oncoming swells rather than plowing through them.
The canoe was relashed with dacron by volunteers led by Gil Ane, with Junior Coleman, Kalawai'a Goo, Ka'au McMnney, Ke'ahi Omai, and Ka'onohi Paishon. During an ofsihore sail, navigator Chad Baybayan commented that the canoe is so tightly lashed there are no squeaks and that
the canoe has a silky glide.
On September 17-18, Hawai'iloa under Nainoa Thompson and Hokule‘a under Chad Baybayan sailed interisland together for the first time, from Maunalua Bay to Hale-o-Lono, Moloka'i.
The canoes left Maunalua at 3:30 a.m. in 10-20 knot trades, Hokule‘a heading out first, Hawai'iloa following. The 20-year old veteran pointed about half a house (5-6 degrees) higher into the wind as two canoes crossed the Kaiwi channel, then Degan failing off in the lee of Moloka'i. The younger Hawai'iloa, a lighter, faster canoe had been gaining ground the whole time and finay came up to Hokule‘a about 7 miles off Kala'au Point. The two canoes were towed into Hale-o-Lono.
Tiger Espere on the steering blade "Aitutaki" as Hokule‘a surges past Hawai'iloa
The sail back to O'ahu was one to be remembered, two Hawaiian voyaging canoes tracking through Hawaiian waters for the first time in hundreds of years. They tacked southwest, then northwest toward O'ahu. Hawai'iloa went ahead this time and had to wait for the veteran to come up. Then in a burst of wind from rain squalls blasting O'ahu, Hokule‘a, under the command of Gordon Pi'ianai'a, Clay Bertelmann, and Ke'ahi Omai, came alive, leaping through the seas and overtaking Hawai'iloa on the downwind side. The crew cheered, as Hokule‘a, with its larger sails, passed Hawai'iloa, the two canoes within a hundred yards of each other. As the winds lightened, Hawai'iloa began to pull ahead again, crossing in front of Hokule‘a. The older canoe seemed content to follow the younger, knowing it still had it in her.
After another weekend of interisland sea trials, Hawai'iloa and Hokule‘a were taken out of the water at the end of September for final modifications and preparation before the 1995 voyage to Nukuhiva (Marquesas) and back. The open hulls may be partially enclosed with hau decking to prevent swamping in heavy seas. The canoes will be relaunched in January of 1995.
HAWAI'ILOA WORKERS and VOLUNTEERS
PVS wishes to thank all of those who contributed to the completion of Hawai'iloa. Here is a partial list of workers and volunteers:
AFIAI, Sam; AH HEE, Snake; AHUNA, Nailima; AHYO, Mel; AKANA, Kevin; ANDRADE, Carlos; ANDRADE, Wilferd "Nalu"; ANE, Gilbert; ARII, Eddie; AU, Clarence; AYAT, Harold
BAYBAYAN, Chad; BARBER, Paige; BARBER, Wilbert; BATES, Kauariki; BERTELMANN, Clay; BERTELMANN, Shorty; BLANKENFELD, Bruce; BOWMAN, Sharon; BOWMAN, Wright Jr.; BOWMAN, Wright Sr.; BURDETT, Kaleo; BUSBY, Hector; BUSH, Kawika
CADD, Leilan;i CADD, Shane; CANNE, Paulino; CHANG, Christina; CHANG, Matthew; CHING, Clarence; CHOY, Barry; CHUN, Dennis; CHUNG, Bruno; COLEMAN, Junior; COMBIS, Sandy; CONRAD, Stanley; CORONEL, Jason; CUMMINGS, John; CUNA, Byro
DAMASSE, Tanya; DANVOIS, Isabel; DICKSON, Maulili; DOI, Moana
EDDY, John; ENOS, Kanani; ENRIQUEZ, Bobby; ESPERE, Tiger
FABER, Gary; FABRE, Maeva; FOJAS, Allan; FORD, Keola; FROISETH, F. Wallace; FROISETH, Keali'ipu'aimoku; FROISETH, Luana; FULLER, Catherine; FUNG, Joe; FURUTANI, loane
GEORGE, Ben; GERONA, Vinson; GOINGS, Richard; GOMES, Dexter; GOMES, Gerald; GOO, Kalawai'a; GORDON, Nick; GRACE, Richard; GRENFELL, Karen; GUARD, Tim
HANCOCK, Brent; HANOHANO, Jarrett; HAPAIRAI, Abish; HEE, Terry; HERCULES, Jaimie; HEUEA, Pina; HIMEDA, Larry; HO, Harry; HO, Kekoa; HOKE, Wilford; HOOKANO, Sam; HOPFE, Dustin; HUGHO, Kikila; HULIHE'E, David; HULIHE'E, Edward
IHARA, Ku'ulei; IONE, Henry; IWANUMA, Morgan
JENSEN, Lucia; JENSEN, Rocky; JOHNSON, Rex
KAHANANUI, Peter; KALAHIKI, Randy; KAHO'OHALAHALA, Solomon; KALEPA, Archie; KALUA, Winston; KANEAUKALA, Cliff; KAONOHI, Alex; KAPAHUA, Sam; KAWAHARADA, Dennis; KAWELO, Eugene; KAWELO, Keoki; KAZONE, Marion; KEAUNUI, Reginald; KEAWE, John Jr.; KEAWE, John Sr.; KELLY, Palani; KENDALL, Ramari; KRUSE, John; KUZMA, Marian; KWAN, Andrew
LEE, Kainoa; LEE, Richard; LEONG, Linda; LOUCINE, Lou; LUKA, Alex; LYMAN, Kimo
MAI‘I, Kai; MAKUA, Keli'i; MALLOT, Byron; MAMUMNART, Jared; MANAPORI, Mata; MARTINSON, Eric; MARTINSON, Jamell; McKENNEY, Ka'au; McKILLIP, Marshall; McNAUGHTON, Edward; MERCADO, Sean; MOOKINI, Kiki; MOKULEHUA, Aaron; MORALES, Albert; MORALES, Eleta; MULLER, Jerry
NAKAGAWA, Sharron; NAONE, Philip
OMAI, Keahi; ONTAI, Keahi; OMURA, Garrick; ONGEIS, Jerry; ORNELLAS, Billy
PAIKAI, Jay; PAISHON, Chadd; PALEKA, Herbert; PAOA, Mel; PAPALI'I, Bonnie; PASCUA, John; PASCUA, Sista; PELOSO, Jay; PI'IANAI'A, Gordon; PIENA, Wainwright; PILAGO, Angel;PILAGO, Che; PITTMAN, Tua; POMAIKA‘I, Kaipo Sr.; PUPUHI, William
REIHANA, Pikihuia; RHODES, Richard; RICHARDS, Billy; RICHARDS, Cindy; ROBERTSON, Darrell; ROBERTSON, Mary Jo; RYAN, Noah
SATSUDA, Ryan; SCARLETT, James; SHIGAKI, Bernard; SHIGAKI, Virgie; SHIMIZU, Dean; SHULTZ, Keoni; SHULTZ, Koe; SMITH, Suzette; SOARES, Henry; STEINER, Charlie; SULLIVAN, Scott
TABATA, Jason; TAMURA, Ben; TANIGAWA, Daniel; TANIGAWA, Tasha; TANIGUCHI, Glen; TAUPU, Tava; TERE, Juliana ;TETUANUI, Jimmy; THOMPSON, Laura; THOMPSON, Myron; THOMPSON, Nainoa; TILITTLE, Archie; TOM, James; TOM, Tareta; TONGG, Mike; TSUDA, Calvin; TUIA, Maureen
VAUGHN, Palani; VERKENNES, Karen
WATERS, Simone; WATSON, Cliff; WELLS, Karen; WENDT, Donna; WILSON, Chris; WONG, Keli'i; WONG, Nate; WONG, Wallace; WOODS, William
YEE, August; YOSHIMURA, Herbert; YOUNG, Aaron; YOUNG, Sam; YUEN, Gary
PVS Officers and Board of Directors
Myron "Pinky" Thompson, President
Kapua Lindo, Vice President
Virginia Elliott, Treasurer
Directors: Gilbert Ane, Moku Froiseth, Wally Froiseth, Harry Ho, Rey Jonsson, Eric Martinson, Jerry Muller, Laura Thompson, Michael Tongg, Nathan Wong, Bob Worthington, August Yee
Ben Finney, Consultant