Timely message of voyaging canoes must be heeded

Mahalo to everyone responsible for making the Hokule’a’s worldwide voyage to malama honua a reality. History has shown that if we can show a better future, we can change the status quo and build the movement necessary to change the world.

Hokule’a is spreading this message. How the crew manages its resources on the canoe is the same way we need to manage natural resources on land. When people have a tangible example of a sustainable future, they become empowered to courageously point out that radical changes for the better are possible.

I was fortunate enough to be at Honolua when the crews of Hokule’a and Hikianalia came ashore. I missed much of the ceremonial protocol because my 1-year-old had other ideas of what she wanted to experience. But I was still able to feel the significance of this journey.

What a timely message for us at Honolua about our kuleana to malama this sacred site and Earth. Many people believe that because the state has set aside $20 million toward the acquisition of 280 acres that the struggle is over. In reality, it has just begun. Imminent development no longer looms large overhead; now our efforts must focus on a sustainable future for Honolua and what our role in that future will be.

Hokule’a first set sail from Honolua Bay in 1976 en route to Tahiti. We have all come so far in 37 years, but there is still much to be done.

Tamara Paltin