Hōkūleʻa Update | February 14, 2016

Kawika CrivelloWritten by Kawika Crivello

Happy Valentines Day from Hōkūleʻa!

There is something about the morning sunrise when you’re out at sea on Hōkūleʻa that simply takes your breath away. But when looking into today’s early morning horizon this Valentine’s Day, there is definitely something much different. Our hearts and thoughts drift back home to our loved ones hoping our silent words are carried on today’s winds from Manu Ko’olau and delivered to their doorsteps back home in Hawaiʻi.


When listening to crew mates speak of loved ones while miles out at sea, there is one word that is most commonly used: Aloha. Though we miss our loved ones, we have one that we cherish and aloha. She is our wa’a kaulua, our double hull canoe. Her name is Hōkūleʻa. She travels around the world sharing her message of love and aloha. Whether it be mālama honua (to care for Mother Earth)  or aloha ʻāina (love of the land) and many other messages, yet the very core of it is aloha. So, as we near the equator and sail through a squall today, we stay focused on our destination knowing that once again Hōkūleʻa will change many lives on different shores with a simple yet so very powerful message of aloha As we all know, our Mother Earth needs it more then ever. So, as the sun sets in Komohana (west), we as crewmembers on Hōkūleʻa want wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day and yes, let your aloha be your light!  Eo Hōkūleʻa!

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