The Eternal Canoe: Honoring the Legacy of Kāhuna Kālai Wa‘a Raymond Bumatay
Kahilu Exhibits presented a virtual exhibition and live wa’a (canoe) carving event at Kahilu Theatre with Alika Bumatay and Alexis Ching in honor of Alika’s late father, Kāhuna Kālai Wa’a (master canoe carver) Raymond Bumatay, on December 8 & 9 and 15 & 16 from 10am-4pm. This event was the continuing process of carving a replica inspired by the outrigger canoe Queen Kapiolani gave to the Smithsonian in 1888. The process was started by a group of women canoe carvers led by Ray and Alika Bumatay at the 2019 Merrie Monarch festival. The program was sponsored by the Recovering Voices program of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Smithsonian American Women History Initiative and will be continued during these sessions at Kahilu Theatre.
All photo credits: Dino Morrow
Eternal Canoe Slideshow
Enjoy these images from the legendary carver Ray Bumatay and his work with wa‘a and the Smithsonian Institute.
Q&A Session With Alika Bumatay
On December 9, 2020, during one of the carving sessions of the Eternal Canoe exhibit, Alika Bumatay answered questions on a Facebook Live session.
Gift of a Nation—Queen Kapi‘olani's wa‘a
Enjoy the story of the waa carved for Queen Kapiolani that she donated to the Smithsonian.
An Eternal Wa‘a Comes to Life at Kahilu Theatre - a Community Review
Enjoy this review of Kahilu's Eternal Canoe exhibit and the carving event at Kahilu Theatre.