Help Hokani Revive Traditional Canoe-Building in His Community

All over the United States, Native and American Indian communities are working to improve education and preserve their wisdom and cultural knowledge for future generations. That's why 14-year-old Native Hawaiian Hokani Maria dreams of reviving the traditional craft of canoe-building for his community.

The small community of Kohala, where Hokani lives, hasn't had a traditional canoe in many years. Hokani wants to change all that. He plans to work with community elders, cultural practitioners and master navigators from previous generations to teach Kohala's children how to build and navigate the kind of canoe their ancestors used. The canoe will help students learn math and engineering, and they'll use it to reach aquatic gardens and preserve the delicate ecology of the island.

"In our community, a canoe is not only a means of transportation. It is a way to reconnect to nature, our culture, our community, and ourselves."

As one of Running Strong's "Dreamstarters," Hokani is in a group of ten remarkable young people with dreams of improving education in their communities. Together, by supporting Hokani and his Canoe for Kohala project, we can help make his dreams come true and preserve the cultural knowledge of the Kohala community.

Sign the pledge and support Hokani's dream of creating a canoe for Kohala.
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