On Friday, August 24, PVS welcomed a member of our ʻOhana Waʻa Iosepa. This 57-foot-long voyaging canoe was carved (all wood) in front of the Polynesian Cultural Center as a partnership among the community of Laʻie, Brigham Young University Hawai‘i (BYUH) and the Morman Church. She is part of a voyaging program taught at BYUH.
The one-night stop to PVS’s home at the Marine Education Center on Sand Island was part of a 9-day training sail around the island of Oʻahu with a 12-person crew of students from BYUH.
Quicktime Video shot by Uncle Chadd while sailing down the west side of Oʻahu.
On August 17, Iosepa was relaunched at Hale‘iwa Harbor on the North Shore. From there, Iosepa sailed to Pōkaʻi bay on the Leeward Coast, then to Sand Island on the South Shore, and around Makapuʻu to Hakipuʻu, on the Windward Coast. The crew returned home to La‘ie on the final leg of their voyage.
Nā Kalai Waʻa/Makaliʻi captain and pwo navigator Chadd ʻOnohi Paishon was captain for Iosepa on this training voyage.
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Pwo Navigator Chadd ‘Onohi Paishon
Iosepa at the Hale‘iwa launching site.
Uncle Chadd Onohi Paishon, in blue with Nick Marr, in black, a fellow Makaliʻi crew member
Iosepa uses a dual sweep steering set up, similar to Makaliʻi’s
It takes two independent teams working together to steer the canoe accurately and constant precise communication to keep the whole event safe.