BYUH Hawaiian Studies faculty to report on historic sail

[Story and photos by Mike Foley, originally published in the BYU-Hawaii online Newsroom, April 12, 2007]

Eskaran (left) and WalkTwo members of the BYUH Hawaiian Studies program will report on their participation as crew members during the recent open-ocean journey of two voyaging canoes from Hawaii to Satawal in Micronesia to honor the man responsible for restoring traditional non-instrument ocean navigation to Hawaiians over the past 30-plus years.

Kamoa’e Walk (right), Assistant Director of the Jonathan Napela Center for Hawaiian Language and Cultural Studies at BYU-Hawaii, and Kawika Eskaran, Special Projects Coordinator, will speak of their experiences at a 10 a.m. forum on April 12 in the Cannon Activities Center. Both are key crewmembers of BYU-Hawaii’s own 57-foot wa’a kaulua or traditional twin-hulled Hawaiian sailing canoe, the Iosepa.

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Nearly 1,000 attend Iosepa launch

Almost 1,000 people attended a community-wide launching ceremony for BYU-Hawaii’s 57-foot traditional twin-hulled Hawaiian sailing canoe, Iosepa, held May 5, 2009, at Hukilau Beach in Laie.

I have been writing stories and taking photos of the Iosepa since the logs first arrived from Fiji in February 2001…and thought you might enjoy these most recent images of this amazing canoe and the community’s response to it.

Tribute to the late “Uncle Bill”

After “Uncle Bill” — William Kauaiwiulaokalani Wallace III — passed away on March 2, 2009, I started digging through some of my old photos to put together a pictorial tribute, along with a few comments. Most of these photos center around the BYU-Hawaii sailing canoe, Iosepa, and either have never previously been published or haven’t been seen for some time:

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