Canoes arrive at Kaho`olawe

I got a chance to participate in an historic event, the arrival of three traditional canoes to Kaho`olawe in a celebration that establishes Kaho`olawe as a navigational training center for students of traditional Polynesian sailing. Kumu Hina, who was one of the crew on the Hokule`a chanted her arrival on Kaho`olawe. The three canoes that made this historic event were the Hokule`a, Makali`i and the Hokualaka`i. Papa Mau Piailug, master navigator (seated on the right), responsible for reviving the art of seafaring in Hawai`i back in the mid-1970’s was also on hand. His announcement of Kaho`olawe being an integral part of navigation will ensure Kaho`olawe’s role in the training of the next generation of navigators. Both the Honolulu Advertiser and Star-Bulletin covered the story.

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