It is the early evening of Sunday, July 7th. The Lāna`i community has assembled to pay tribute to the Hōkūle`a, her sister Wa'a Hikianalia, and the dedicated voyagers vested with the solemn tasks of mālama the wa`a and practicing the philosophy of A`o by learning how other cultures Mālama Honua while sharing their own mana`o of how Hawai'i cares for this island Earth.
In the past four short days Lānaʻi has reacquainted itself with the Hōkūle`a and welcomed her sister wa`a Hikianalia along with their exceptional crews. Tomorrow Hōkūle`a will set sail for Moloka'i, and Lāna'i will have to wait another four years before Hōkūle`a will drop anchor in our waters again. Hōkūle`a and her crews may not be with us physically, but our mana have been shared and our intentions are aligned. Together we will act as one to Mālama Honua.
Guests sign the registrar as they enter the Trilogy Pavilion.
Families talk story.
Communing with kupuna.
Crew members, past and present, keiki, kūpuna, kāne, and wāhine all gather to pule before dinner.
Keiki show their families the peace flags they made during the various educational presentations conducted by the A'o kumu.
Crew members relax aboard the Hōkūle`a as they share their mana`o about the wa`a and voyaging.
After dinner the crew members introduced themselves to the community.