Ancient Hawaiian Sailing Traditions
It has sailed the Polynesian triangle between Hawaii, Tahiti, and the Marqueses Islands several times. And has just returned to the Hawaiian islands after a record setting around-the-world sail during which it continued to share the Aloha spirit and reinvigorate Hawaiian pride. We were lucky enough to share a harbor with the Hokule’a at Molokai this week. I made sure one of our documentaries was about the Hokule’a so the guests knew the importance of the sailing canoe. We checked out Herb Kane’s historic art gallery containing a few paintings of the Hokule’a, which was created with the aid of his drawings and research. And we were lucky enough to have Danny Akaka onboard as a guest presenter. Danny spent time sailing onboard the Hokule’a as their cultural advisor. I thought of him this morning as the ship sailed by the SFX, conch horn blowing loud for all to hear.
Hawaii is a place filled with traditions like this…if you know where to look.