Punahou School students, staff and alumni created a full-scale replica of the Hokule'a's deck.
Hokule'a's crewmember Ty Crouch helped build the deck right at the school.
Kids of all ages jumped in.
They sanded each and every piece of wood.
Then they lashed the wood together.
"It was a way for us to see that our own small contribution could create something bigger," said Kim-Hee Wong, a Punahou senior.
"...it really surprised me at how small it is, but it really shows how much they have to work together to actually live on such a small area," said Punahou senior Michael Luna.
A steering sweep was developed to help the keiki understand how the canoe is really guided.
The sweep gives direction when at sea.
Students learned how important fish are in the crew's diet.
Paper mache animals were created since animals were brought on the Hokule'a's first voyage.
That includes Maxwell Namunamu the puaa, or pig, who was in his cage.
There are lots of learning experiences for all ages, from cooking stations to coolers and packing the canoe.
Punahou students get to learn firsthand what crewmembers face.
Balancing the Hokule'a is important, so math is important when pulling out food and supplies.
Crewmembers will be talking story live in video chats with schools around the state through Google Hangouts.
Click here for Paula Akana's article.
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