Eia Hawaiʻi: The Men of Kanaloa - Event Details
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Eia Hawaiʻi: The Men of Kanaloa
Location: Campus Center 301
Hawaiians have much experience with the open ocean exchange of commodities. This presentation focuses on the history and modern day stories of Hawaiians who were involved in the merchant seaman services, the dwindling population of Hawaiians in the industry, and how these three individuals are working to increase the numbers by recruiting new blood into open ocean voyaging on Kanaloa.
Benson, a seaman since the age of 33, now captainslarge barges. Sailing since the age of 12, he received his captain’s license when he was 19 years old with an accumulated five years of sail time under his belt. Benson has assisted many escorts and sailing ventures with Kai Makana, Hōkūle‘a, canoe races, and Mokumanamana researches with the Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation.
Tseu is a retired seaman and a retired regional senior port engineer for Matson with 40 years in the waterfront marine business. He has made short sails on Hōkūle‘a and helps to educate and motivate the Hawaiian community, especially the ʻōpio (youth). He is a member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Moku O Kona; the Papahānaumokuākea Culture Working Group; a participant in Papakū Makawalu; president of Kawehiokalani Inc., and general manager of Keolaewa, LCC.
Norman Piianaia is a retired seaman with over 40 years of experience. He has made short sails on Hōkūle‘a and is now involved with Nā Kālai Waʻa and the voyaging canoe Makali‘i.
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