This type of canoe is very deep, wide and long (about 70 feet). Legend has it that over 120 vessels of this type were built by King Kamehameha I around 1796 for his conquest of Kaua'i. Most remarkable was the European-style rigging, namely the schooner rig. Some of these canoes were equipped with swivel canons supplied by the English in return for sandelwood. This model has been scaled down from a set of drawings to 4 feet in length and 8 1/2 inches in width.
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