Do you remember the days before airport screenings when you just waked to your gate? While those days are over, a group of Polynesian voyagers found a new way to arrive in Hawaii using help from their ancestors. Their journey from New Zealand was by canoe.
We were at Hanalei Wednesday to see their seven canoes sail into the bay. It felt like all of Kauai was there to welcome them. Once on the beach there was drumming and dancing. They’ll be here until July 12 and then leave for San Francisco.
“Sailing together, we seek the wisdom of our ancestors and the knowledge of scientists to keep the Pacific healthy…”
You can follow their journey at http://www.pacificvoyagers.org
Crew members represent the South Pacific islands of Tahiti, Aotearoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Soloman Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.
The inspiration for this journey is to raise awareness of the health of our oceans.
In keeping with traditional ways, they only use the stars and knowledge of ocean currents to guide them. They bring with them the spirit of their ancestors.
Also on hand to greet the voyagers were Beat of Hawaii fans Honey Ward and Sandy Davis. Both are from Santa Fe where Honey is a Success Coach and Sandy is an educator. If you see Beat of Hawaii around the islands, be sure to say hi. We’d love to meet you.