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honoring and congratulating the hokulea and her crew on their malama honua worldwide voyage.




WHEREAS, the Hōkūlea 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 Hawaii to Tahiti in 1976 under the traditional navigation skills of one of the earth's last master navigators; and


WHEREAS, the Hōkūlea 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 Hōkūlea became a catalyst for positive change in Hawaii while forming and nurturing relationships around the world based on shared values and responsibility for caring for our natural resources; and


WHEREAS, the Hōkūlea continues to voyage, carrying Hawaii'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 Hōkūlea 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 Hōkūlea 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 Hōkūlea'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 Hōkūlea hopes to raise awareness of the importance of ocean protection for the survival of life on earth; and


WHEREAS, the Hōkūlea 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 Hawaii, Regular Session of 2014, that this body hereby extends its sincerest appreciation and deepest gratitude to the Hōkūlea and her crew for their outstanding contributions to the voyaging community and to Hawaiian and Polynesian culture.









Report Title:

Hokulea and Crew; Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage