Yesterday my dad set out the new gunnels for Honolulu Pearls canoe that he had been rebuilding for the past couple of years. Putting on the gunnels is one of the last steps before painting. When he got back to his place, he realized that someone had stolen all the Koa that he laid out. This is the canoe that picked up the wave at the end of the novice race in the Nanakuli regatta and crashed onto the beach. It basically blew apart. Koa canoes are what our ancestors used to fish, travel, play, etc. in. It’s part of our heritage and where we come from culturley in Hawaii. I grew up with Koa canoes in my yard, with my father and grandfather working side by side building and rebuilding them. Sometimes I just have to ask myself, what’s going on here. Do people really forget that we should hold on to our roots, what we are taught, and the that we should all respect and support one another. If anyone knows anything about this incident, please contact the Puakea Foundation. Aloha

Submitted by jpuakea on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 4:40am

This is such a shame !

#1 Fri, 06/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Stealing from such an awesome craftsman ,plying his trade in the open because he is pono and trusting. This act was hewa...and needs to be addressed.

#2 Fri, 06/20/2014 - 5:55pm

I fully agree with poidog here. Plain and simple in all aspects. The thief is obviously not in pono, not right in his canoe, not right with himself.

#3 Sun, 06/22/2014 - 9:17am


Have you had any luck in retrieving the koa?

#4 Mon, 06/23/2014 - 5:50pm

Heard a rumor that they were returned? Is that correct? I sure hope so.

#5 Thu, 06/26/2014 - 7:49am

I'm glad he got it back

#6 Thu, 06/26/2014 - 11:06am

Happy to say that the Koa was returned to its original spot last week

#7 Tue, 07/01/2014 - 6:41am

It looks like Bobby Puakea got hit again by a bunch of soul-less jerks. Please pass on to help him get his tools & materials back.

#8 Thu, 07/24/2014 - 7:10am

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