I only found out 7 days ago that I would be on Leg 22, sailing from Maine to Canada for one month. Uncle Nainoa called and said, "Get your passport and pack your bags." I thought, is this for real?
Then my mind turned to waves: What do I want to teach? Which classes am I going to call when I'm onboard? What will I want to say? How many experiments am I going to do? How can I work with as many people as possible? Will I have enough time? How does it feel to sail in cold weather?
There are so many possibilities and experiences that will happen that I cannot plan for. I've been finding myself here a lot lately. It's like Kanaloa saying, Welcome back to my realm. I've learned it's ok to not know everything or every detail. It's ok if I only fulfill two out of the 5 goals I personally set for myself. Wa'a definitely strengthens my faith, being comfortable with the unknown. Faith that what is supposed to happen will happen; that I will always be taken care of in any situation.
I just want to get on the plane and start already so I don't need to feel anxious anymore. So I remind myself to use my last four days wisely, to prepare and to see the people I need to see. Meditating on thankfulness because Uncle Billy said, "the hook was for you."
We're on the plane waiting to fly direct to NYC. It is amazing to travel around the world via double-hull canoe that helped the revival of Hawaiian culture and language, but every paradise has its problems. It's not easy leaving your family (commitments, relations to home, etc.) behind whether it be by plane or canoe for a month(s) at a time. Every person goes on this journey for different purposes, but when I look around, I see a greater sense of kuleana in everyone's eyes. I think we go because of the greater goal at hand - that is true aloha.
Mahalo to every crew member who has sacrificed their time; especially time seeing your children grow. Your efforts and time is greatly appreciated. Mahalo.
5 hours left
I totally regret not bringing my fancy camera that Sonny gave me.
3 hours 45 minutes left
Territorial Airwaves, you are making this flight so enjoyable. The station is featuring John Almeida. This composer has a special place in my heart because our junior women's song for Kamehameha song contest was "Sunrise Haleakalā." Thank God a girl one row in front of me is watching Hawaii 5-0.
3 hours 21 minutes left
Did any of our ali'i visit Canada?
Where did they visit on the East Coast?
How do I relate this back to kids in Hawai'i?
3 hours 20 minutes left
Dang it! The girl in front turned off her movies.
I can't tell, but I'm pretty sure this radio is repeating now...
2 hours 58 minutes left
Yup, the songs are definitely repeating now
Kumu Kaʻai previously taught at Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy and Hawaiian Studies at Wilson Elementary School to K-5 students.