The Hawaiian Dictionary defines "Ha'ikuumauma" as
"a call to help lift a canoe together to be put into the

This drawing of a voyaging canoe defines the amount
of effort that was involved in building such a craft.

According to Dennis Chun,
Professor of Hawaiian
Studies at K
auai Community College, it took an entire
village to build a canoe.  

The Hawaiian voyaging canoe may well be the most
versatile and sea-worthy craft ever built by any
culture in any time.