For most of us on the canoe I think we see ourselves as ocean people. Yesterday however standing among the kupuna trees of Keauhou we were reminded of our connection to the aina. We were fortunate to join our friends at Kamehameha and help them plant some 400 native trees including Koa, Olapa, Iliahi, and a few others.
On the ride back to Hilo Jason and I got to talk story with uncle John, uncle Snake, Uncle Terri, and uncle Tava. For most of them the last time they were at Keauhou was back in the early 90’s when they were looking for Koa for Hōkūleʻa. This time at Keahou they said they really had an amazing experience because they were able to connect with their ancestors and leave something behind for the next generation. We planted trees for crew members who are no longer with us, our families, and our friends. Mahalo nui for letting us be a part of this special experience.