Hikianalia Update | Kawaihae

Written by Pomai Bertelmann

Thank you so much to Nā Kalai Waʻa and ʻOhana Waʻa in Kohala and Hilo for a great four weeks on Moku o Keawe.

Hikianalia and Hoʻokela departed Kawaihae yesterday morning at about 10:27am, headed out the awa at Honouli for Kapaʻa, where they turned down and set course for La Parrouse. After an amazing sail through ʻAlenuikawahawaha and ʻAlenuihaha, the ʻohana made it safely through Kanaiʻo, Makena, Maʻalaea, Ukumehame, Olowalu  and then Lāhainā. Moani took Hoʻokela into Lāhainā to refuel (while Hiki continued sailing) where they were met by Uncle Snake, Aunty Myrna, Archie and families!!! Mahalo nui to all who made Hkianaliaʻs, Mālama Honua, Mālama Pae Moku sail so successful thus far.

Here are some highlights from March in Kawaihae on Moku O Keawe:

Malama Honua Festival, Saturday – March 5, 2016

kawaihae festival

The waʻa gang….

kawaihae waa gang

We had 25 community partners, who Malama Honua join us to share with the entire community, and each other what they do to malama ʻaina!

kawaihae gardens

Malaʻai School Gardens

kawaihea lifeguards

Black Abraham of the Alex and Duke DeRego Foundation!! Water Safety, Junior Lifeguarding!!

Kawaihae pea

Na Peʻa ʻOhana…Sailing for the community

kawaihae utu

Kawaihae Canoe Club….”UTU” …sailing the community.

Kawaihae kua

Kuʻu ʻĀina Aloha project

Kawaihae TNC

Hui Aloha Kiholo….”TRY WAIT”…fisheries management by the kanaka and TNC!!

kawaihae YMCA boat

YMCA ʻOhana…

kawaihae liquid robots

Liquid Robots….WAVE GLIDERS

kawaihae punana leo

Community Canoe Visitation…Punana Leo…and Aunty Pelika touch tank!

community canoe visit

Community Canoe Visitation…Waimea Intermediate School Aunty Nahaku giving the briefing before the waʻa tour!

Again, a huge MAHALO to all ʻOhana Waʻa for making great memories with Hikialanlia and Hoʻokela. A huge mahalo to Moani Heimuli, our escort driver extraordinaire for her time and energy to be Hoʻokela’s captain and for staying with the vessels on this leg of the voyage.

And a special mahalo to Bob Perkins – Hikianalia Captain and Trainer! We are all learning so much about Hiki because of your willingness to teach! Mahalo nui loa!

We ask that Ke Akua continue to bless all waʻa every where. We are all so blessed to have the waʻa be one of our greatest teachers. For now, many more miles to go, places to see and people to meet.

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