The Wahine Maile Papa Hula came together and made a 1,000-foot-long lei lau kī to join with Ron Panzo’s inclusive project and together make a mile-long lei for Hōkūle’a‘s homecoming on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Mahalo ‘Anakē Cyrila and Angela Pycha for spearheading and leading us as we contributed to this Lei of Aloha effort.
Hōkūle’a is a full-scale replica of a traditional waʻa kaulua or Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe. Built in the 1970s, this boat is the culmination of many years of work to resurrect and preserve the traditional sailing and navigation techniques that brought the first settlers to the Hawaiian islands long ago. This epic three-year voyage saw Hōkūle’a traverse about 40,000 nautical miles (74,000 kilometres), 18 nations, 150 ports, and eight UNESCO Marine World Heritage sites on a quest to propagate the massage of Mālama Honua (caring for Island Earth). Click here to read more on her triumphant homecoming.
We join all of Hawai’i in the pride we feel for such an amazing accomplishment by the Hōkūle’a crew. Their commitment, dedication, integrity, and all the sweat, tears, and work they put in over these past four years is a testimony of God’s amazing goodness to us. He provides, He protects, He blesses. Mahalo ke Akua.
In the northern uplands of Wailua lies the site of an ancient wahi pana (significant sacred place) – Pihanakalani, which means “the fullness of heaven”.
Long ago, this was the home of Kauakahiali’i and Ka’ililauokekoa, of whom various mele and hula have been created over the years. At one time, this place was also a forest of lehua that covered the mountain slope below Kawaikini.
Currently, Pihanakalani is owned by Hindus. The resident Hindu monks very kindly allowed us to visit the site and offer hula in honour of our ancient ali’i. It was truly a special time and we are grateful to have experienced the mana and beauty of Pihanakalani.