Aloha mai kakou e na haumana, na kumu, na makua, na hoamakamaka o keia huakai holomoana a puni o ka honua nei o Hokulea!
O wau no o Kaaiohelo. Aia wau ma ka hui 22 o keia huakai kaapuni honua. Ke ku nei wau ma keia aina ui no hoi e, me ke ea oluolu, ka wao nahele piha i ka laau paina, a ke kai piha i ka ula, o ia no o Maine.
Aole ike paha oukou, aka he pilina pili loa no hoi keia wahi me Hokulea. Noonoo paha oe, ma hea ka pilina? Ma mua o kona huakai a puni o ka honua, he manawa nui e hoomakaukau waa ma kahi o ka makahiki 2011. Ma ia makahiki no i kukulu ai i na iako o Hokulea ma keia aina nei!
Haaheo no hoi na kanaka ma keia wahi i keia pilina. Mahalo e Jaq, ka luna o JW Boat Company no ke kukulu ana i kona mau iako a no ka malama pono ana a hookipa ana ia makou.
O Jaq, ke alakai e kukulu i na iako, he ohana o ia me Anakala Nainoa a me Anakala Bruce! Komo makou i kona hale a ike i kekahi kii pena o Mokulua. Me he hale ma Hawaii la.
Aloha nui keia mau poe i ke kai e like me makou na poe ma Hawaii. Hookahi la, ua hoe makou i kekahi waa. Eono poe ka nui o ka waa. Aole paha ike na poe Maine i keia ano waa i kela me keia la. Maopopo iau no ka mea nana wale lakou me na maka nui ke hoe like ka hui a ke lohe akula, “hut... ho...” Akaaka no hoi keia.
Ma na wahi a pau, he pilina. Ina aole oe ike i ka pilina, e nana hou.
Mahalo nui no ka heluhelu ana! A hui hou!
Aloha everyone, students, teachers, parents and friends of this worldwide voyage of Hōkūleʻa!
My name is Kaʻaiʻōhelo and I’m on Leg 22. I’m here in Maine, this beautiful place that has such clean air and forests full of pine trees, where the sea is filled with lobster.
The connection between where we are now and Hawaiʻi might not be obvious at first, but there is definitely a deep connection with Hōkūleʻa. You might ask yourself, where is the connection? Before Hōkūleʻa’s sail around the world, there was a very important dry dock, a time to prepare her for her journey around 2011. This is the year that the ‘iako were built for Hōkūleʻa here in this area!
The people who work here are so proud of their connection to Hōkūleʻa. Thank you Jaq, the founder of JW Boat Company for building her ‘iako and for taking good care of us during our visit here. Jaq, the one who oversaw the building of Hōkūleʻa’s ‘iako, is also related to Uncle Nainoa and Uncle Bruce! When we visited Jaq’s home, we saw a painting of the Mokulua in his living room. His house was like a house we’d find back at home.
People here love the ocean just as much as the people in Hawaiʻi. One day we got to paddle a 6 man canoe. I don’t think the people in Maine are used to seeing this kind of canoe out in the water everyday because they look at us with big eyes when we paddle by as we say “hut... ho...” It’s really funny to watch.
In every place, there are connections. If you don’t see a connection, look again.
Thanks for reading! See you again soon!
A lei never forgotten is the beloved child.
Tamiko helped me make this lei for Hōkūle'a.
Niko, thank you for letting mommy travel. We are so lucky to have her as our amazing cook and quartermaster. I know she thinks about you all the time because we love hearing her talk about you.
My parents taught me to always bring a gift when you visit someone's house. Hōkūle'a will be my house for a month so I wanted to give her a lei. She makes any lei look good.
I love making lei for wa'a because even if I'm practicing, no matter the outcome, I know they will always appreciate it.
Mahalo nui to my brother, Ka'ahanuiakaipo, and Mahiku Active Wear for my shirt ❤️ It kept me warm from Hawai'i all the day to Maine!
Ok this label is cute, but is it really necessary?
That's a looong line of planes...
Spilled my drink 😝
To look out of the window of the plane and have land stretch out as far as the eye can see, no wonder we can forget that our land and our resources are limited.
A man in Boston wanted to help the WWV crew and saw that one of our tent clips broke. They may look like regular clips, BUT they were made by a 3-D printer (Darren, it's time to get Lehua one for Christmas 😊). Mahalo nui for your help!
Shout out to Beantown and Emerson College!
I may be a little biased, but if you are a kid in Hawai'i, Boston is such a fun city to go to college.
Kumu Kaʻai previously taught at Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy and Hawaiian Studies at Wilson Elementary School to K-5 students.