It’s wonderful to get underway, headed for Papeete, Tahiti, together with the Tahitian canoe, Faafaite. Before getting underway, we participated in an ‘awa ceremony, which united the two vessels and crews into one ‘ohana.
After an amazing Maori oli by Awhitia Mihaere, a seabird similar to the koa’e we see at home circled the canoe — a great hō’ailona (sign).
Awhitia and her husband, Manueu Suganuma, who hails from Hawai’i, were typical of so many who gave of their time and energies to support us in Aotearoa. Another of those families, Ke‘ala Campton Baker and her daughter Tataiarangi, hailed us from an ancient Maori pā (fortress) as we sailed away into Hauraki Gulf.
position: 36.6528 degrees S 174.9118 degrees E (See tracking map and Google map under the “Hikianalia: Aotearoa to Hawai’i” in the top menu bar.)
course: 050 degrees True
speed: 2.5 knots
wind: NNE 0 to 5 knots
sea state: calm
vessel and crew condition: all ok (Faafaite also)
Celestial Observations, Navigation Stars, Planets and Moon Phases: Lots of stars, Bruce is teaching us pointer stars for the cardinal directions. Visible now: Mars, Saturn, Ka Makau Nui O Maui (Scorpius), Hanaiakamalama (Southern Cross), the Navigator’s Triangle and plenty more.