"Land, land, land!" The chants of the crowd on the beach announced her arrival: using the stars as her guide, the Hōkūle'a canoe had made it to the shores of Tahiti once again.
The 1975 construction of Hōkūle'a, a replica of the traditional Polynesian double-hulled canoe, was an effort to revive the 2,000 year relationship between the Polynesians and the sea that had become all but extinct. The last canoe of its kind hadn't been seen in 600 years. For her inaugural trip in 1975, Hōkūle'a sailed from Hawaii to Pape'ete, Tahiti--navigating using only non-instrument wayfinding.
Two weeks ago Hōkūle'a arrived in Tahiti once again as part of the final leg in a three-year circumnavigation around the globe for the #MalamaHonua Worldwide Voyage. The welcoming ceremony was a humbling experience I'll cherish forever.
If you happen to be in Oahu in June, don't miss the welcoming ceremony for the Hōkūle'a as she finally returns to Honolulu at the end of the worldwide voyage. That welcome, I'm sure, will be a celebration not soon forgotten!