Culture Day

Lei Making at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

Model Canoe Making

Some of our cultural education has included:

Native Plant lecture
Lei Making
Canoe making protocol
Lua lecture
Shirt printing
Hawaiian games
Mele (Hawaiian songs)
Celestial Navigation
Paddle Making
Koa and A`ali`i Planting


Ha'a Nā Kai 'Ewalu

By Kumu Keli'i Tau'a

Ha `a Nā Kai `Ewalu was especially composed for the club by Kumu Keli'i Tau'a. It includes the name of the eight channels between the Hawaiian Islands and the channel leading to Tahiti. Members can also see the haka displayed at the Hale. We are very proud of our haka. Imua Nā Kai `Ewalu!

We would like to also encourage everyone to like us on Facebook. All the oli that we practice, along with the Hawaiian word of the week, will be posted on Facebook.

Community Outreach

Serving its members and the community

Nā Kai `Ewalu continuously serves its members and the community. We have hosted the students at Job Corp, giving them a recreational opportunity away from the site, for many years we hosted Seabury Hall for part of their Hawaiiana program and have also hosted King Kekaulike and Maui High Schools paddling teams. Nā Kai `Ewalu is the official host of Kamehameha School Maui’s MIL paddling team.

Nā Kai `Ewalu is part of the Adopt a Highway Campaign. NKE cares for a two mile stretch of Hana Hwy which includes the intersection of Haleakala Hwy.

In 2006, we started working towards getting a log for a new koa canoe to replace the one lost in the fire of 1996. The club prepared culturally and spiritually for the harvest of a koa log. With help from many, we have been involved in replanting koa seedlings in Kahikinui and Ulupalakua. Na Kāi `Ewalu has also traveled to Kipahulu on many weekends to find a koa log and held a night march that started at Ma`alaea and ended in Kihei. The club continues to be involved in other cultural events that include learning chants, working in the loi (taro field), malama `aina (taking care of the land), restoration of Ko`ie`ie fishpond in Kihei, trips to the Maui Nui Botanical Garden and Hosmer’s Grove.


Ha'a Nā Kai 'Ewalu

By Keli`i Taua

Intro: Nā Kai 'Ewalu Pa
`Alenuihāhā `Alalākeiki Kū
`Alenuihāhā `Alalākeiki Kū
Pailolo Kaiwi `Au`au Kū Kū
Pailolo Kaiwi `Au`au Kū Kū
Kalohi Ka`ie`iewaho Kaulakahi Kū
Kalohi Ka`ie`iewaho Kaulakahi Kū
Ending: He inoa no Nā Kai 'Ewalu


E Hō Mai

By Edith Kanakaole

E hō mai (i) ka ʻike mai luna mai ē
ʻO nā mea huna noʻeau o nā mele ē
E hō mai, e hō mai, e hō mai ē (a)

Give forth knowledge from above
Every little bit of wisdom contained in song
Give forth, give forth, oh give forth

Ho'onani I Ka Makua Mau

Hoʻonani i ka Makua mau,
Ke Keiki me ka ʻUhane nō,
Ke Akua mau hoʻomaikaʻi pū,
Ko kēia ao, ko kēlā ao. ʻĀmene.

Praise God from whom all blessing flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below,
Praise Him above ye heavenly host,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.