Saturday, July 16, 2016

Hokule'a - Hawaiian Voyaging Canoe


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Hokule'a docks at Wentworth By The Sea Marina

I paused to take in the gentle breeze, cool air, sunny blue-bird skies and the salty smell of the ocean. It was then I experienced an unexpected familiarity, but I knew exactly what it was! Standing aboard the Hokule’a felt like being back home in Hawaii! The mana I felt while on board this floating island was evident, even 6000 miles from Hawaii! From her first voyage in Tahiti, to her current visit along the shores of the USA east coast, thousands have experienced the hopes, the dreams and all that she embodies of the Hawaiian spirit. I smiled. It took standing aboard the Hokule'a to remind me of where I'm from. Where my heart and soul will always be connected to – no matter where I live. And the powerful message she brings along on her worldwide voyage. – Lovena Pao Harwood

The Hokule’a is a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe. She left Hawaii in May 2014 and her 3-year journey will cover 47,000 nautical miles with stops in 85 ports and 26 countries. She is not equipped with auxiliary motors and travels the ocean using an ancient Polynesian skill called “wayfinding” - celestial navigation and observation of nature.  Malama Honua translanted as  “To care for our island Earth”  is the powerful message that the crew of Hokule’a carries to promote sustainability and the importance of taking care of our island earth.

Members of the Hui Anuenue, New England Hawaiian Club waited two years in hopes of Hokule'a coming to the east coast. Her long awaited arrival was truly wonderful and we excitedly gathered at the Wentworth By The Sea Marina for the Hokule’a arrival ceremonies, canoe tours and crew presentations. Enjoy our videos and photos taken during the festivities!


July 16, 2016 - Luncheon & Hokule'a Arrival
Members of the Hui Anuenue, New England Club met for lunch, Hula and kanikapila at the Salt Kitchen & Bar, Wentworth By The Sea Hotel & Spa. A private enclave was set up for our group with a special menu of 3 courses. The food and service were outstanding! They even let us leave to view the Hokule'a arrival and ceremonies down at the marina, after which we returned and continued ordering and eating! After our 3 hour lunch, we had kanikapila out on the lanai.


Photos by Lovena Harwood & Gerry Anson



Club members at the Wentworth By The Sea Hotel & Spa


Nancy and I eagerly await the Hokule'a!

At the marina many people gathered to greet the Hokule'a as she docked. 

Al, Nancy and Larry greeting the Hokule'a with the Pū!


The crew makes it way onto the pier escorted by 
the Pennacook-Abenaki Tribal Council


Sagamore Paul Pouliot of the Pennacook-Abenaki Tribe with the Hokule'a crew




The Hokule'a Crew 21




Sagamore Paul Pouliot presents the crew with traditional song

Maya Saffrey performs a sitting hula and a mele as an offering to the crowd.


Captain Bruce Blankenfeld embraces Sagamore Paul Pouliot
after presenting him with a gift of the Kahili that
commemorates the friendship formed on this day.


Club member Dara presented Matt Kanemoto (Hokule'a cook)
an herb lei handmade with herbs from her garden.
(Ivy: Friendship, Mint: Wisdom, Oregano: Joy & Happiness,
Lavender: Devotion & Luck, Sage: Long life, 
Rosemary: Remembrance, Thyme: Strength & Courage
Maple leaf to symbolize New England and Purple and green kale)


July 17, 2016 - Hokule'a Canoe Tour
A perfect day to tour the beautiful Hokule'a voyaging canoe! Many members of the community came out to speak with crew members and learn about Hokule'a and Malama Honua.




July 18, 2016 - Hokule'a Meet & Greet
A few of us gathered at the Flatbread Pizza in Portsmouth, NH to meet with the Hokule'a crew.  Hui Anuenue, New England Hawaiian Club had a luncheon fundraiser several months ago with ono kine grindz, hula and kanikapila and raised a total of $600! Club president Nancy Griffin presented the monetary donation and a gift box of handmade goodies to Capt Bruce. I also made some butter mochi which I gave to Matt. It was the crews last night in Portsmouth, NH and we wanted to wish them well! We will always have fond memories of Hokule'a and her crew. Hele me Akua!