Walter Pu was born in Hāna, Maui where his family has lived for seven generations. Growing up, Walter frequently visited the park. With over twenty years of service, Walter continues to serve as a park ranger in the Kīpahulu district. In addition to serving as a park ranger, Walter had the chance to work with a mentor, Tava, a canoe carver and navigator of the traditional Polynesian long-distance canoe Hōkūleʻa. Using traditional methods, Walter and Tava built the canoe underneath a traditional hale (building) near the visitor center, working on the project for nearly six months. You can view this canoe in the Kīpahulu Visitor Center.