As a young boy, my grandfather
talked about how his grandfather
(Hailama) had a canoe house near
the mouth of Limahuli stream in
Haena, our family property.
He told me that within the canoe
house his grandfather had a canoe
that was built in the old style.
Although it was no longer in use due
to deterioration, it was still used to
dry the fish nets draped over it.
In 1946, a tsunami devastated Haena
on April 1 (April Fool's Day). With it
went the canoe and it was never
This drawing depicts what I visualize
my great-grandfather's canoe would
have looked like in it's prime.