the parking lot for the Honolulu Zoo is now was once a marsh that exited
to the ocean at the end of Kapahulu Avenue. As kids, we would build
tin canoe boats from galvanized iron sheets we borrowed from construction sites. We would nail a 2-by-4 to the front as a bow
and a bigger piece in the back, add an outrigger made from hau trees,
which at that time were abundant, and sometimes a sail. We would seal
the pukas with tar from the road that we would scrape up on hot days.
Once, as a 12-year-old, I was off Waikiki fishing in my tin canoe boat
with a sail, and I fell asleep and was awakened by a loud blast from
a Coast Guard boat. They wanted to know what in tarnation I was doing
about three miles out to sea in my little T.C.B.
J. Ornelles, Honolulu
from Honolulu Advertiser, Feb. 20, 2000