Leg 5: Samoa to Aotearoa
Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia arrived in Aotearoa in November, with a celebration for the arrival in Waitangi. The arrival of the canoes to the region commemorated nearly thirty years since Hōkūleʻa’s first voyaged to Waitangi in 1985. In Waitangi, Māori elders are known to trace back the genealogy of all Māori people in Aotearoa to five voyaging canoes. Upon Hōkūleʻa’s arrival in 1985, Māori leaders recognized Hōkūle‘a as the sixth canoe carrying the sixth tribe, connecting the crew to the Māori people. As a celebration of the last voyage to Aotearoa and the current voyage, this leg of the Mālama Honua voyage celebrated the theme, “Nā Waka: A Tribe Returning Home.”
- In one breath, we are reminded that we are kanaka honua. men of the land, and that there is a point after our time on the ocean when we must return home.
- Nearly 30 years after her first arrival, Hōkūleʻa returns to Waitangi, Aotearoa as the sixth tribe of Tai Tokerau.