“Raiatea Island family in boat at night on the way to a new homeland,” a beautiful painting by Herb Kawainui Kāne.
This painting reminds me of the Tongan saying, “Inu ‘e Fisi’inaua” (Drink from waves’ spray). It is a concept of endurance in time of great challenge. “Drink from the spray of waves” is the experience of sailors and navigators as they sail their boats in the sea on long distance voyage. As they travelled by sea on the route to their destination they were usually confronted by strong winds and big waves. Experienced navigators and sailors (known as Kaivai in Tongan) endured these challenges by standing firm on their positions while their boat is being tossed around. Often times they would drink the sea water as they face these challenges. They didn’t mind the salty taste of the sea water because their main goal is to reach to their destination and accomplish their mission.
#knowyourroots #endurance #strength #empoweredPI