Bobby Puakea has been carving and repairing canoes for over 35 years like his father before him. He works out of his shop in He'eia State Park. Sometime between late Wednesday night and Thursday morning he arrived to find parts of a canoe he was repairing missing.
The koa wood gunwales that go over the top and side of the canoe had been removed. The cost to replace the koa wood will be close to $1,000.
It’s not the first time Bobby Puakea has been the victim of theft. A generator and some tools were stolen from his shed in the past. He now uses stronger locks to protect his equipment.
Bobby has not filed a police report and says that all he wants is the koa wood returned so he can finish the repairs. He expects it to now take three weeks to finish the project.