WA'A PELELEU
 (Hawaiian War Canoe)


Built for King Kamehameha I for the
invasion of Kauai between
1796 and 1801.  He had a fleet of
approximately 20.   The largest one, 70
feet in length, was rigged with a
European type sail, while other features
and the exterior design were Hawaiian.

The Peleleu fleet arrived at Oahu in 1803.
 A cholera epidemic broke out in 1804,
wiping out many of Kamehameha's men.
 The expedition was called off and the
canoes were left to rot in the sun on the
shores of Waikiki.