2007/03/26

Hokule'a Voyage Update

Polynesian Voyaging Society canoes Hokule'a and Alingano Maisu reached Satawal last weekend and ceremonies were held to gift the Alingano Maisu voyaging canoe to master navigator Mau Piailug, a native of that island. While there, fifteen people, ten from Micronesia and five Hawaiians were initiated into Satawal's society of open ocean navigators and given the title, "Pwo".

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This picture, by Star-Bulletin reporter Gary Kubota, who is traveling with Hokule'a, shows Mau performing the Pwo initiation rites for Hokule'a captain Nainoa Thompson.


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Frank Kawe (right) and Sesario Sewralur (left) perform a Maori Haka at the Pwo ceremony celebration. Photographer Na'alehu Anthony.

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They then sailed to Woleai Atoll where they spent the day before sailing on to Ulithi. They want to make as much contact as possible with the people of Micronesia for cultural exchange, but also need to head for Japan before the typhoon season for the area starts. Winds have been favorable with the canoes making 10 knots at times.

From the Honolulu Star-Bulletin:

The canoes Hokule'a and Alingano Maisu left Satawal yesterday (Wednesday) on a voyage of protocol and medical assistance.

The crews are to meet and deliver gifts to the chiefs of Woleai Atoll and Yap island.

Some of the crew members are expected to meet with members of the Hawaii-based Aloha Medical Mission on Ulithi and Yap.

Hokule'a crew member Max Yaramawai, an official with the nonprofit Oceania Community Health and born on Ulithi, is helping to build a medical clinic on the island.


Previous Pacific Islander posts about this voyage:

2/20/2007 Hokule'a Reaches Majuro

1/21/2007 Hokule'a To Visit Japan

4 comments:

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Isn't the connectedness between the various Pacific Islander groups wonderful? There are similarities in custom, language, and crafts, yet differences too. When our youngest son went with the Fiji athletics team to various places such as Tahiti, Guam, Samoa, Tonga, he was accepted as a 'brother' and our family regard other Pacific Islanders as kin.
w.

Pandabonium said...

Wendy - It is wonderful. The world could learn something from that.

ladybug said...

This is exciting! Often, in Great (and not so great) endeavors,the cultural exchanges become the most imporant!

I've seen this many times in other disciplines (the Arts mostly of course), but the organic interaction of ideas, words, food, and shared activities between folks usually leads to new modes of cultural expression.

Sharing their trip w/the bloggin world is just one of them! I sure I love learning about all these new things (and I'm not even a sailor!)

Pandabonium said...

Ladybug - the internet, blogs, satellite communication, are all allowing people around the world to share things like this as never before. It's exciting and I hope will spread cultural awareness and sensitivity.