Kawai first saw Hōkūleʻa when she sailed into Port Allen, Kaua'i, in 1998. He was very proud of Hōkūleʻa's successful voyages and fascinated by traditional way finding so he quickly became involved in the organization Na Kalai o Wa'a Kaua'i helping to build the double hulled sailing canoe Namahoe. The next year Kawai sailed his first deep sea voyage on Hōkūleʻa, when he realized the importance of symbol of a canoe as an island in which the community works together to reach their common destination. Kawai hopes that Hōkūleʻa inspires Hawai'i's youth to honor themselves and their island homes. Abroad, he hopes that the Worldwide Voyage will catalyze partnerships around the world between people taking care of their homelands.

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