Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A vinta of Zamboanga

A vinta approaches Zamboanga in the Southern Philippines. Note how the bamboo amas extend forward of the main hull.
Taken from Bishop Museum Occasional Papers Vol XXIV

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Hokulea Launching Chant

Ia Wa’a Nui

This traditional chant was used at the launching of Høküle'a on March 8, 1975. After the canoe was launched at Hakipu'u (in Kualoa Regional Park), it was paddled out, then back toward shore. The captain was Herb Kawainui Kåne, co-founder of the Polynesian Voyaging Society; the kahuna was Ka'upena Wong, assisted by Kalena Silva and Keli'i Tau'å. As the canoe approached shore, the crew paddled to the following chant. (“The stroke is slow. The paddle is struck a little in front of the paddler on the return of the paddle. The timing is thus: Ia wa’a [thump] nui [thump], ia wa'a [thump] kioloa [thump], ia wa'a [thump] peleleu [thump].”)

Ia wa’a nui (That large canoe)
Ia wa’a kioloa (That long canoe)
Ia wa ‘a peleleu (That broad canoe)
A lele måmala (Let chips fly)
A manu a uka (The bird of the upland)
A manu a kai (The bird of the lowland)
' I'iwi pølena (The red Hawaiian honeycreeper (a native bird; the young 'i'iwi was yellowish—“pølena”))
A kau ka høkü (The stars hang above)
A kau i ka malama (The daylight arrives)
A pae i kula (Bring [the canoe] ashore)
‘Åmama, ua noa (‘Åmama, the kapu is lifted)

After the canoe landed and the kapu on it was lifted, the kahuna asked: “Pehea ka wa'a, pono anei?” (“How is the canoe, is it good?”); Those aboard answered: “'Ae, maika'i loa ka wa'a Høküle'a” (“Yes, the canoe is very good indeed!”)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Pumai te rangi and Hemi hemi

Pumai te rangi is a 27' Tahitian tipairua that I built in cedar strip composite for Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr in New Zealand. Hemi hemi is an 18' stock fiberglass Ulua.
Photo by Hoturoa.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Marshall Islands Proa

There has been a renaissance in sailing traditional canoes in the Marshall Islands. This canoe from Ailuk appears to have it all under control.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Tahitian tacking outriggers

Tahitian outriggers with large sprit rigs and slim amas require some acrobatics to keep them level.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Fijian Thamakau

I photographed this Fijian thamakau in Viti Levu in 1975. They're harder to find now.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Stripper number one

After reading David Hazen's "Stripper's Guide to Canoe Building" back in 1980, I couldn't wait to get started and adapt his methods to building outrigger canoes. This was my first attempt while living in Saipan.