Paʻa Pono Miloliʻi has applied to the Hawaʻi Tourism Authority for a culture grant to restore a koa canoe that was built in Miloliʻi in the 1920ʻs. The Malolo Project is a year long restoration project under the direction of Uncle Bill Rosehill to restore the Malolo and train the next generation of apprentice canoe builders in South Kona. The Malolo will be extended from its current 36 feet to 45 feet and its hull will be altered so as to be able to compete with koa canoes today. The Malolo will be the Miloliʻi Canoe Clubs koa canoe for the 2017 Moku O Hawaiʻi canoe racing season. The Malolo along with its sister canoe the Naiʻa will be restored in Holualoa, South Kona. Special Mahalo to the Kekaulua ʻOhana of Hilo for helping to transport the Malolo to Kona and for JCP Construction for helping to secure the Malolo for safe travel. In addition, mahalo nui loa to an anonymous donor who lives in Papa Bay for the commitment and financial support for this important and historical restoration project. The Malolo Project will begin in the Spring of 2015.