The latest from the M?lama Honua Worldwide Voyage
Our traditional voyaging canoes H?k?le?a and Hikianalia are on a 47,000-mile open-ocean journey around the globe. Using nature and the stars to find their way, our navigators are charting a course for hope. The Hawaiian name for our voyage is M?lama Honua, to care for our Island Earth.
Thank you for being a part of our ?ohana (family) and tuning into this important journey as we voyage for a sustainable future.
Written by K?lepa Baybayan
Three kilometers inland along the winding banks of the Ngauroro River sits the 102 year-old marae, Kohup?tiki, Flounders in the Mist. The 10-crew of H?k?le?a along with the young crew from the escort vessel Tranquility have settled into the whare nui and resting after a 48 hour bumpy ride north from the seaward capital of New Zealand, Wellington, to the coastal port of Napier. In a land called Rotopounamu, Green Springs, for the numerous springs that percolate upward through the rich soils, the orchard filled landscape that surrounds us at the marae is stunning to behold. Last night as golden hue filled the sky, a flock of tui and komako birds followed the setting sun and returned to their nest for an evening rest.
This coast is rich, acres of logs line the commercial harbor as the await shipment for processing to some distant port where they will undoubtedly be turned into framing timbers for new homes. Today is a workday for our escort vessel Tranquility…