October 4: Lastest Hikianalia Crew Postings
Oct 2 (HST 8:25 PM) (from Crew Member Heidi Guth): The crew is hoping to leave on Oct. 8 (Oct. 7 Hawaii Time) … but the weather looks like it will stay quite chilly, damp and grey. Replacement engines were delivered today and are going to be installed tomorrow, then tested.
Oct. 3 (HST 5:48 PM) (from Crew Member Kaleo Wong): For the crew list, see “Hikianalia Crew List: Aotearoa To Tahiti, 2012,” under the Hikianalia: Aotearoa To Hawai‘i tab in the top menu.
Welina mai ke aloha maia Aotearoa mai. The bright kulu moon illuminated the clouds and the ocean below us as the last of us left the comforts of our home in Hawai‘i and the familiarities of our everyday lives. Accompanying me on the flight were Chris Baird, Heidi Guth, and our Kapena/Ho’okele uncle Bruce Blankenfeld. After landing and acquiring all of our checked baggage, the cool air greeted us as the airport doors opened to the outside world. We loaded into two vehicles and headed off to make a quick stop at the home base, the Takapuna Oaks hotel, before we continued on down the road about 15 minutes to join the rest of our hoa holo wa‘a (sailing companions) and ike maka (set eyes upon/fully experience) Hikianalia, our mother that will be carrying us across the ocean to Tahiti.
We arrived at the site of the canoe, and as we began exiting the vehicles, a loud “Tsua” rang out from down the pier where Hikianalia was tied up. The familiar sound brought smiles to our faces. It felt good to be with the rest of our crew, some whom have been tirelessly working on Hikianalia for the past month. We walked around the Salthouse buildings to get to the exposed pier leading to Hikianalia. Hu ka makani huihui! (The chilly wind was ripping!). Howling through the boats and canoes tied up in the area, the relentless winds and the regular, but occasional cold showers that pass through are somewhat shocking, but really allowing us to ike maka what it may be like as we sail east to Tahiti.
Kealoha Hoe and Gary Yuen, some of our hoa holo waa who have been working and living on the canoe, gave us a tour and showed us the workings of the all the amenities on board. What a different wa‘a Hikianalia is compared to Hokule‘a! Besides being of a different shape, length, and width, the living quarters are downstairs in the hull, fully dry and plush; and there is a toilet, a hale on top for the kapena, and inboard motors, just to name a few differences. There is a good feeling amongst the crew as we are all finally together. We still have some work to attend to before the canoe is ready to go. However, as individuals and as a crew, we have all prepared ourselves spiritually, mentally, and physically, and are all ready to begin our life out on the open ocean as the wa kupono (right time) arises.