Glad to See
Y O U
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Don't pay any attention to the critics,
don't even ignore them."
"The real voyage of discovery
consists not in seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes."
"I expand and live in the warm day
like corn and melons."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Imagine seeing something
that had all but disappeared
from the face of the Earth.
What if I could show you something like that?
The Hawaiians of old
discovered and inhabited
While Europeans hugged their coasts
lest they fall over the world's edge.
The great double-hulled sailing canoes
brought people, animals, plants,
But the canoes had long since ceased sailing.
The art of navigating by the stars and currents
was thought lost.
But inspired Hawaiians built the Hokule`a,
the first such craft seen by living eyes,
and launched her on her first eventful voyage
I have blogged about the Hokule`a before, HERE.
To Hawaiians, the Hokule`a is a link with the past,
with the ancestors, with their pride.
A people who suffered a great, almost killing wound,
the loss of their culture and sovereignty,
showed the whole world,
themselves, and especially their
that they are a great people,
with accomplishments of which anyone
would be most
Hokule`a has been joined by other canoes,
built of great tree trunks
in the rediscovered
When they sail together
one can imagine the great
voyaging fleets of the past!
"It was amazing, Brah.
To see just one of the canoes sailing alone
on the ocean is super cool.
But to see all three sailing together
is super powerful."
And now the youth are learning to sail.
They are growing in stature before our eyes.
Lately a new canoe, E Ala, has come home
to the Leeward Coast of Oahu,
where many Hawaiians live,
a place where homelessness, and poverty,
dance with amazing accomplishment
Now the community will have it's own canoe to
prepare the youth for planned future voyages,
and for the voyages of their lives.
Something not seen for centuries,
(until very recently)
the greeting of a landing canoe,
awaits you below.
These kids who play video games,
who drive too fast,
who text and all the rest
are shown below
welcoming the new canoe.
What you will see
is not the organized pageant
of a chamber of commerce,
but the spontaneous and deep
behavior of souls maturing
"It was the best experience of my life.
I could feel all the energy from the sea
going through the canoe.
It was a great honor for me
to help bring it home."
Kamaile Academy Seventh Grader