Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hawaiian style wa'a with a South Pacific iako and ama.

Please feel free to click on each image to enlarge. You will be able to catch more detail.

A picture of the bow or front of the canoe. In Hawaiian language it is referred to as the ihu wa'a. The kupe ihu or bow cover and pale kai, splash guard is decorated with traditional Papua New Guinea carving design. The pale kai is topped with a beautiful piece of curly koa. Below, hand made natural fiber tassels decorate both sides of the front third of the wa'a. (A common decoration found in areas in the South Pacific.)

Bamboo slats are lashed over the 'iako creating extra storage space. (Very common feature found on South Pacific canoes.)

The carving on the side of the wa'a represents the island of Umboi. A small island off the North coast of Papua New Guinea, part of the Morobe province.

Woods used; The wa'a is made from a single jackfruit tree. The mo'o or gunnels are made from a wood called poplar. The 'iako is made out of kauri pine laminated around a 1/4" strip of poplar and the ama is made from the trunk of a wiliwili tree.

The two matching paddles are also made by laminating kauri and my opinion, a beautiful combination of colors.

From bow to stern the wa'a is 12' long. The ama is 8' long.
This piece is a model and not intended for use.

Below...The sticks that connect the 'iako to the ama (18 of them) are engraved with the names of Pacific nations. The intent is to celebrate all cultures of the outrigger.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow David what a shame I found this six years later I live on the Myakka River in Florida and then a disabled veteran and am losing my eyesight I know there is a Dugout in my future and as I looked through the different types of ailable I stumbled upon yours and just said wow so now I need to figure out how to get one or make one