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Paʻa Pono Miloliʻi is proud to announce that The Hawaʻi Tourism Authority has awarded THE MALOLO PROJECT a $25,000.00 Kukulu Ola – Living Hawaiian Culture Program Grant for the restoration of Miloliiʻs koa canoe the MALOLO. Built in Miloliʻi in the 1920ʻs, the Malolo is one of the oldest and most storied koa racing canoes in the history of our State. The Malolo won and set the record at the 1954 Molokaʻi Channel race and has been paddled by legendary paddler Duke Kahanamoku. The Malolo Project is a year long restoration project under the direction of Bill Rosehill to restore the Malolo and train the next generation of apprentice canoe builders in South Kona.  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 Hoʻokena, South Kona. The Malolo Project will begin February 2015.

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