2002, "Fafa" Leon Toofa,
a master canoe carver from Tahiti, came to Hana,Maui
to help build a koa racing canoe for the community.
seed for the book, Gift
from the Forest grew as
I watched my dad, and many people help Fafa build the canoe. Extensive
research went into writing and illustrating this story. take a
look at the moamoa. Also, the Polynesian
Voyaging Society has a great site.