By harnessing the power of the tides and looking only to the stars for guidance, The Hōkūle‘a, meaning Star of Gladness, has circumferenced the world with boundless aloha. A legendary voyaging canoe, the Hōkūle’a’ has one goal: to deliver the message of Malama Honua – To Care For Our Earth. Along its journey, the Hōkūle’a will reach 27 different nations, crossing 60,000 nautical miles, and stopping at 100 ports. And all is accomplished by following the trusting hand of nature, working harmoniously as one to navigate high seas and dark night skies.
On June 5th, the Hōkūle’a historically glided onto US soil at Manhattan’s North Cove Marina, the pinnacle point of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage. There, the Hōkūle’a was greeted by thousands of New York residents and a delegation of Hawai’i leaders, educators, students and supporters including Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Hawai’i Island Mayor Billy Kenoi, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho, and Hawai’i Tourism Authority President and CEO George Szigeti. A traditional ceremony followed, and the canoe was welcomed by Native American tribes from the area.
In the days following the Hōkūle’a’s New York arrival, a series of events with the United Nations will include a ceremonial presentation of ocean protection declarations by Thompson to Secretary General Ban-ki Moon. While in New York, the crew will also participate in a vigorous outreach and engagement program, by hosting, leading, and supporting a series of events across the city. The highlight of the stop: the United Nation’s World Oceans Day celebration, a global event highlighting ocean celebration and collaboration for a brighter future. The Hōkūle’a’s attendance garnered special attention with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stating: “I count on your leadership and commitment as we carry out our plans to make this world safer and more sustainable for all. On World Oceans Day, let us renew our resolve to protect these marine treasures for generations to come.”
WAIAKEA WILL PROUDLY PROVIDE WATER FOR HOKULEA CREW MEMBERS
Waiakea is proudly providing water for the voyagers on their stops along the East Coast in partnership with OLUKAI. The Hōkūle‘a represents a large part of Waiakea’s company mission– honoring and preserving Hawaiian culture and traditions while caring for the protection and preservation of Mother Earth. Read more on Waiakea’s partnerships with programs in Hawai’i aimed at cultivating a deep understanding of Hawaiian culture as it relates to science and ecology in education, along with sustainability initiatives and CarbonNeutral certification.