State House honors Hokulea

Floor: Kathy Muneno, Nainoa Thompson, and Representative Derek Kawakami (introducer of the resolution) greet lawmakers in the House Chambers Photo Courtesy of House Majority Communications
Floor: Kathy Muneno, Nainoa Thompson, and Representative Derek Kawakami (introducer of the resolution) greet lawmakers in the House Chambers Photo Courtesy of House Majority Communications

The State House recognized the Hōkūleʻa crews and Polynesian Voyaging Society in a floor ceremony.

Below is a statement issued by the Hawaii House of Representatives:

After 38 years of sailing across more than 140,000 miles of open waters of the Pacific using traditional non-instrument means of navigation, the crews of the Hōkūleʻa continue to explore the world’s oceans. During its current four-year odyssey—Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage—the Hōkūleʻa will circumnavigate the world, covering 47,000 miles, visit 26 countries and 85 ports.

What it has and continues to accomplish was the focus of a state House of Representative ceremony today, recognizing the Hōkūleʻa, its crews and the Polynesian Voyaging Society. On hand for the passage of a House resolution were Nainoa Thompson, master navigator who steered the Hōkūleʻa on its initial voyages in the 1970s; Laura Thompson, Nainoa’s mother and a board member for the Polynesian Voyaging Society; Clyde Namuo, executive director for the Polynesian Voyaging Society; and Kathy Muneno, Nainoa’s wife, local television newscaster and board member for the Polynesian Voyaging Society.

“What began in 1973, as a scientific experiment to build a replica of a traditional voyaging canoe, the Hōkūleʻa and her crew has proudly become a representation of Hawaii and Polynesia as a symbol of cultural art, heritage and progress,” read the House certificate of appreciation. “The House of Representatives of the 27th Legislature of the State of Hawaii hereby extends its sincerest appreciation and deepest gratitude to the Hōkūleʻa and her crew for the important ideological, environmental, and cultural impact on, not just the voyaging community, but on Hawaiian and Polynesian culture”

House Resolution 214:

HONORING AND CONGRATULATING THE HOKULEA AND HER CREW ON THEIR MALAMA HONUA WORLDWIDE VOYAGE.

WHEREAS, the Hōkūle‘a is a traditionally navigated vessel that proved the probability of intentional Polynesian voyaging and settlement of the largest ocean in the world when she first sailed from Hawai‘i to Tahiti in 1976 under the traditional navigation skills of one of the earth’s last master navigators; and

WHEREAS, the Hōkūle‘a began reconnecting the peoples of the Pacific, rekindling pride and aspiration among Native Hawaiians and Pacific islanders; and

WHEREAS, with her remarkable mentors and teachers, including Herb Kane, Tommy Holmes, Ben Finney, Nainoa Thompson, Mau Piailug, and many others, the Hōkūle‘a became a catalyst for positive change in Hawai‘i while forming and nurturing relationships around the world based on shared values and responsibility for caring for our natural resources; and

WHEREAS, the Hōkūle‘a continues to voyage, carrying Hawai‘i’s diverse and openhearted culture throughout the Pacific, bringing together Pacific island communities and voices, and setting an environmental and culture-based educational example for our children to realize the hope and potential in themselves, their heritage, and their world; and

WHEREAS, voyaging on the Hōkūle‘a teaches each crewmember the individual and collective responsibilities of caring for oneself, one another, the canoe, and the ocean in a manner that is respectful and sustainable; and

WHEREAS, the Hōkūle‘a seeks to carry learned and shared experiences from 38 years of traditional voyaging across more than 140,000 miles of Pacific Ocean waters on a worldwide voyage; and

WHEREAS, the Hōkūle‘a’s Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage will cover a distance of 47,000 miles over a four-year period, and will visit 85 ports in 26 countries; and

WHEREAS, during the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, the Hōkūle‘a hopes to raise awareness of the importance of ocean protection for the survival of life on earth; and

WHEREAS, the Hōkūle‘a intends to raise awareness of the issues confronting Hawaii’s shorelines, reefs, and deep waters, while honoring and sharing Hawaiian knowledge and practices of natural resource management; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-seventh Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i, Regular Session of 2014, that this body hereby extends its sincerest appreciation and deepest gratitude to the Hōkūle‘a and her crew for their outstanding contributions to the voyaging community and to Hawaiian and Polynesian culture.

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