Bobby Puakea and students are back to work in their canoe carving and repair shop in He’eia State Park now that their stolen koa wood has been returned. Puakea thanks the public and KITV 4 for getting the word out about the stolen wood.
The wood was taken from the shop one week ago. Puakea received an anonymous call Wednesday saying there would be a surprise waiting for him when he returned to the shop. When he arrived Wednesday afternoon he found the wood waiting for him in the same condition it was in when it was taken.
Bobby says he holds no ill will toward those who stole the wood and wishes they would return to the shop to learn.
“I would say, would you want to be a part of what I’m doing, if you would you can come and learn,” said Puakea.
Puakea hopes to expand his shop, and create a pavilion for canoe carving and repair at the He’eia State Park. If the Puakea foundation receives enough donations he could have the pavilion finished by the end of the summer.