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Maui Voyaging Canoe Emerges from Dry Dock

January 8, 2014, 8:29 AM HST
* Updated January 8, 8:55 AM
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Moʻokiha o Piʻilani on her first day in the sun:  L to R: Volunteers Kalani Kepahulehua, Faavae Maluia, Tahiarii Pariente-Yoram, and Navigator, Kala Baybayan.  Photo by Leilani Lynne Hasbrook, courtesy Hui o Waa Kaulua.

Moʻokiha o Piʻilani on her first day in the sun: L to R: Volunteers Kalani Kepahulehua, Faavae Maluia, Tahiarii Pariente-Yoram, and Navigator, Kala Baybayan. Photo by Leilani Lynne Hasbrook, courtesy Hui o Waʻa Kaulua.

By Maui Now Staff

The Moʻokiha o Piʻilani Maui Voyaging canoe was moved out of dry dock for final construction in the new year, according to an announcement from Hui o Waʻa Kaulua, Maui’s Voyaging Society.

Hui representatives say the vessel is being prepped for a boating inspection and an official marine survey.

Final touches include construction of a navigator’s platform, captain’s chair, masts, spars and rigging.

“We have never been here before,” said Captain Timi Gilliom in a Hui press release. “From this point on, everything done to this canoe will be a first on Maui.”

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According to the announcement the vessel marks many firsts for Maui including: the first time Lahaina Harbor officials will inspect a traditional Hawaiian sailing canoe of this size; the first time the Coast Guard on Maui will process marine registration for a Maui voyaging canoe; and the first time a Hawaiian double-hull of this magnitude will launch from Māla Ramp.

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Representatives with Hui say that as the project progresses, more workers are needed.  Volunteers are invited to the dry dock location in Kamehameha Iki Park in Lahaina any day after 9 a.m. to assist in final sanding, lashing, carpentry and electrical work.

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