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Voices Of the Wa’a speaker Keala Kahuanui Quartermaster and Cook.

by Brea Aamoth on January 17th, 2015

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‘Imiloa Presents Voices From The Wa’a

Food Preparation on the Sea

‘Imiloa’s Wayfinding Talk

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center presents the wayfinding talk Voices from the Wa‘a on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. This program will feature Keala Kahuanui, a watch captain, cook and assistantKeala-Kahuanui-150x150 quartermaster aboard Hōkūle‘a as she recounts her experiences of what it took to keep a crew happy and healthy for two months out at sea, even amidst a raging storm. ‘Imiloa’s wayfinding programs are made possible through the generous title sponsorship from Matson.

The mission of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage is to navigate our island Earth toward a healthy and sustainable future, and no one understands sustainability more than the person who plans, weighs, packs, prepares and cooks all the meals on the wa‘a.

Keala Kahuanui, a Hawaiian cultural resource teacher at the Hawaiian immersion charter school Kanu o ka ʻAina New Century Public Charter School, and a Kailua High alumni, was a crew member on the second leg of the Worldwide Voyage which left from Tahiti to the Cook Islands then to Samoa. She has been involved in the training, sailing and teaching aboard the Makali‘i, a double hulled Hawaiian voyaging canoe on Hawai‘i island, since 2000. She credits her strong voyaging foundation to some of the fathers of the Polynesian Voyaging Society Clay Bertelmann, Shorty Bertelmann, and Chadd Onohi Paishon. Her first voyage in 2007, Kū Holo Mau, to Micronesia to gift Papa Mau with a Hawaiian voyaging canoe named Alingano Maisu. She as well was mentored by her voyaging “sisters” like Patti Ann Solomon of Kohala, Kanani Kahalehoe of Hana and Pomai Bertelmann of Waimea.

The program ticketing is $10 for non-members and $8 for members (member level discounts apply.) Tickets may be pre-purchased at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone, using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or JCB, by calling (808) 969-9703 during regular business hours. Tickets are non-refundable.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH-Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to, or call (808) 969-9700.

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