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!
Kumu Kaʻai previously taught at Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy and Hawaiian Studies at Wilson Elementary School to K-5 students.