Just after New Year’s I was walking Hanalei Bay and stumbled on a Proa canoe shipwrecked on the beach! We had some heavy rains and local flooding and this must have washed out the river and then up on the beach. I thought about taking it home to repair it – I’d probably have ‘salvage rights’ – but if the owner came looking for it I know I’d return it.
I liked the the ‘lines’, I could see this was a simple build (meaning I could complete it quickly), I was pretty sure I had most of the materials I needed already in my shop and… it had been several years since I built a canoe!! I started a new Resort Repair & Maintenance business here on Kauai in 2015; it’s always exciting starting a new venture so I put a lot of time and energy into it, but I was ready to get back to building outrigger canoes!