Hōkūleʻa Update | January 8, 2016
Aloha mai kākou, eia nō wau ʻo Kaleomanuiwa Wong live and direct to you from the waʻa Hōkūleʻa just outside of St. Helena. As you can see, right next to us, this tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic was reached by this waʻa. We left Cape Town, South Africa about 16 or 17 days ago, traveled about 1,900 miles to get here. Over 1,200 of those miles were open ocean, nothing to guide us but the kūpuna, ʻaumakua, and akua who are constantly guiding us both seen and unseen. It is our job as the navigators to interpret the signs that they are showing us and adjust our course to what they are telling us to do. One of the hōʻailona (signs) we have seen today when we were drifting around in these light shifting, variable winds was an orca that visited the canoe. Soon after, the winds shifted around and we were back on our way. Another one was this morning as we were jibing to get to this island. Because we are south of our line and the winds did not allow us to sail straight here, we had to turn north of our reference line. And as we were heading north through the night, the sun came up and we were deciding if this was the right time to jib and turn back towards the island. Right there, the lightning was flashing and the thunder was going off right next to the course we were headed. We decided that was the time. We turned around and jibbed straight back and set our course to this island. Right after that, the clouds cleared up and it was only blue skies left and no sign of the lightning and thunder. So just some of the hōʻailona we have seen along the way that helped us to get here all the way across from Namibia on the west coast of Africa across the Atlantic to this small island. We will sending more updates during the time we are here and as we continue on to our destination of Brazil. Mahalo for following us and continue to visit Hokulea.com. Aloha!
Auhea ʻoe e nā hoa makamaka o kēia wahi huakaʻi kaʻapuni honua a Hōkūleʻa. Eia nō wau kekahi hoakipa o ʻoukou ʻo Kaleomanuiwa mai ke pola mai o Hōkūleʻa ma ka moku liʻiliʻi ʻo St. Helena i kēia wahi moananui o ka Atalanakila a i kou ʻoukou home pumehana ma Hawaiʻi la a puni ka honua. Ua holo nō kēia wahi waʻa a me mākou mai Cape Town mai he ʻumikūmālua hāneli mile mai Walvis Bay mai ma Namibia a i aneʻi. ʻO ka moana wale nō o ka mea i waena o ia ʻāina a i kēia ʻāina. A eia nō mākou i pae mai nei i kēia wahi moku liʻiliʻi. Na nā kūpuna, nā ʻaumakua, a me nā akua i alakaʻi mai ai i kēia wahi e like me ka mea maʻamau. Aʻo mākou, aʻo wau hoʻi ka hoʻokele me ʻanakala Bruce. A ua mau nō ka mea i nānā, a ʻike, a maopopo i nā ʻōlelo i haʻi mai ʻana nā kūpuna mai a i kēia wahi waʻa a ka haʻi ʻana aku i ka hoa waʻa ʻe aʻe o ka holo ʻana i ia wahi waʻa. Ua pilikia a ʻano paʻakīkī ka hele ʻana mai Namibia aku a kēia wahi ʻāina, ʻoi ai ua loaʻa maila he ani la, he ʻau okoʻa, ʻaʻole i ʻike ia ma Hawaiʻi. ʻO kekahi, ua uhi a paʻa ʻia ke kapa a ka noe e mākou. ʻAʻole hiki ke ʻike ʻia iā Gershon II, he wahi hapalua mile ma hope pono o mākou. ʻAʻole hiki ke ʻike ʻia ma muli o ka uhi paʻa. ʻO kekahi lā, ʻaʻohe makani a huli ka waʻa i o i aneʻi o ka makani o ka holo ʻole o ka makani. Ua paʻakīkī ka holo ʻana i kekahi mau pō i ka huikau o ka makani i hele i o a o, paʻa mai kekahi ʻaoʻao a i kekahi ʻaoʻao a ua neʻe ka waʻa. Eia naʻe, ua mau nō ke alakaʻi ʻana mai i kēia wahi waʻa e nā kūpuna a me nā ʻaumakua. Ua ʻike ʻia i nā hōʻailona ka mea i hōʻoia e hōʻike ʻana mai iā mākou ua ʻeʻe pū lākou me mākou. ʻO kekahi mea, ua ʻike i ka orca. Ua hōʻike maila kekahi lā, hele maila kokoke loa a ʻo ia ka wā i nele mākou i ka makani ʻole. Ma hope pono o ka ʻike ʻana i kēia wahi koholā nui, ua huli ka makani, huli hoʻi ka waʻa, a noke aku ka holo i ka waʻa. ʻO kekahi manawa, ua ʻike ʻia i nā naiʻa he nui a hele a kaʻapuni i kēia wahi i nā naiʻa. I kēia kakahiaka, ua ʻike ʻia kekahi ʻōlapa ʻana o ka uila ke kuʻi ʻana no Kahekili, ʻo i ai mākou e holo i ka akau ua ʻano jib no hoʻi mākou no ka holo ʻana a pae i kēia ʻāina. Ua hikiʻole ke holo pololei. Ua jib ʻia a hele i ka akau. Hiki ma ka lā i Kahikina, ʻo ia nō ka wā e noʻonoʻo ai e huli i ka waʻa a hele pololei i kēia wahi liʻiliʻi ʻo St. Helena. A ʻo ia nō ka wā e ʻike ʻia ke kuʻi o Kahekili a me ka ʻōlapa ʻana o ka uila. Ma ia wā nō a i kēia wā, ʻo ia nō i holo pololei ʻana i kēia waʻa a pae ia ʻāina ʻo St. Helena. He wahi mahalo kēia e nā ʻaumakua, kūpuna, a me nā akua a iā ʻoukou e nā kānaka ma ka maka o Hawaiʻi a me ka holoʻokoʻa no ka hahai mau a kākoʻo mau iā mākou ma kēia wahi waʻa ʻō Hōkūleʻa ma ka huakaʻi kaʻapuni honua. E noke mau e ka nānā mai i ka hahai, ʻeʻeʻ pū ʻana mākou ma Hokulea.com. Aloha!
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