Hawaiian Islands in June of 2017 – sailing into the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor to cheering crowds, music and heaps of aloha.
This was an unprecedented voyage for a double-hulled Hawaiian voyaging canoe. Built for navigating the South Pacific, Hokule’a – “Star of Gladness” – left Hawaii in May of 2014 and visited Tahiti, New Zealand. Australia, Bali, Mauritius, South Africa, Brazil, the Virgin Island, Cuba, Florida, Washington DC, New York City, Ontario, Miami, Panama, Galapagos, Rapa Nui/Easter Island and Tahiti again before returning to Hawaii in June of 2017: Three years, 60,000 nautical miles, 150+ ports, 23 countries and territories and millions of stories later.
The message Hokulea carried was “Malama Honua” – to care for our island earth – taking responsibility for care of the earth, its oceans, waters, resources and people. Hokule’a carried that message around the world, and when it returned to Hawaii, it continued with that message, taking it to all the Hawaiian Islands – a proud symbol of Hawaiian ocean engineering and navigation.
In September, Hokule’a seemed to be very glad to be moored – warm, safe and sound – just offshore in a calm Waimea Bay, and then later pulled up to a dock in Haleiwa Harbor to allow the public to set foot on board the now-legendary Hawaiian voyaging canoe.
The crew of the Hokule’a – lead by Nainoa Thompson – appeared at Surfer: The Bar on September 17 for a Talk Story session, showing a slideshow from the voyage and answering questions from the audience.
They did the same thing a week later at the Patagonia store in Haleiwa – with standing room only crowds at both.
In this crowded world, when over-population, global warming and climate change are wreaking havoc in weather patterns and threatening people and property around the world, the Malama Honua message of the Hokule’a rings truer than ever. Earth is our island and we must take better care of it.
“PEOPLE ARE LISTENING TO WHAT’S GOING ON HERE.” – Kamaki Worthington, hokulea crew member, on the impact Hawaii and their people have around the world.