|Hōkūle‘a in Kahana Bay 2013. Image by M. Heckman|
|Hokulea coming into HIMB 2013. Image by M. Heckman|
"We started just after noon and as is typical of the windward side, a clear calm morning had progressed to clouds. We had a nice transit, including our usual blessing of rain, which cleared in the late afternoon as we came into Kane'ohe Bay. It was wonderful to see the Hōkūle‘a at HIMB again. We had tours, time to visit, and even share music. The crew gave a presentation on Monday and talked with our scientists and students. On Wednesday morning as I came in and saw the Hōkūle‘a sailing away it was sad and wonderful at the same time. Sad that they would not be here, wonderful that they are going on through the islands and around the world. The Hōkūle‘a brought us new ideas, possibilities, and even some plantings that came from Kahana - some ti and sugarcane. They will go into our island gardens. We sent them off with coconuts, possibly ancestors of the ones Princess Puahi Bishop planted, to take to the next folks that need them - seemed fitting.
Hōkūle‘a at Moku o Lo'e, with Robert Tangaro and HIMB grad students
Talking with the crew was a highly intriguing and educational. I incorrectly assumed that the first thing the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) looks for in a crew member is sailing experience. More important than seamanship, though, is the ability to get along with the rest of the crew. After considering the tight living quarters that twelve people would share for extended periods of time, it seemed like common sense. In rough seas, unity will keep you afloat.
|Hōkūle‘a at HIMB 2013. Image by M. Heckman|