MAKANA PRESENTED TO HOKULEA CREW ON WORLD-CIRCLING
MALAMA HONUA VOYAGE ON DISPLAY AT HAWAII CONVENTION CENTER
HONOLULU – A ceremonial stone kava bowl presented to crewmembers of Hokulea on their 2014 visit to Maupiti atoll in French Polynesia.
A wood root club offered to the crew by members of the Penobscot Nation
of the Wabanaki Peoples in Maine and an intricately detailed model of Hokulea – right down to the vessel’s solar panels and rigging – presented on the canoe’s Martha’s Vineyard visit during travels along the Atlantic Coast of the United States in 2016. And a multicolored, hand-sewn mola textile art panel, representative of the indigenous peoples of Panama, gifted to the long-distance Polynesian voyaging canoe’s crew in January upon docking in Balboa.
All of the above are _makana_ (gifts) presented to the 245 rotating crew members of Hokulea on the vessel’s three-year Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage. And you can now see each up-close in the new display, MALAMA HONUA: THE WORLDWIDE VOYAGE OF HOKULEA, 2013-2017, at the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC). The exhibit coincides with Hokulea’s Lei Kaapuni Honua grand homecoming ceremony and celebration at Ala Moana Beach Park’s Magic Island, this past Saturday.
The display, which also includes items collected by the Polynesian
Voyaging Society from Hokulea’s four-decade voyaging history, as well
as related photographs, maps and lithographs from the Bernice Pauahi
Bishop Museum, is a preview of a larger _Holo Moana: Generations of
Voyaging_ exhibit set to debut at the Oahu museum in November. The
Hawaii Convention Center display, which will be housed on the third
level for two years, is a collaborative project of the convention
center, Bishop Museum and the Polynesian Voyaging Society.
“In anticipation of Hokulea’s completion of its Malama Honua
Worldwide Voyage, AEG Facilities and the Hawaii Convention Center
wanted to pay a special tribute to this incredible journey and give
the public an opportunity to celebrate well beyond the voyage’s
end,” said Teri Orton, HCC general manager. “It was an incredible
honor working with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Bishop Museum
to bring these stories to life in this special and beautiful display.
We hope everyone has a chance to see it over the next two years.”
Hokulea items in the center’s display are divided into three
educational sections related to the canoe: its 2013-17 Malama Honua
worldwide voyage; the traditional wayfinding knowledge taught, learned
and practiced by crewmembers on Hokulea’s voyages; and the work of the
nonprofit research- and education-focused Polynesian Voyaging Society,
which conceived Hokulea’s construction, mission and voyages. In
addition to the makana above – which represents a mere fraction of
the many gifts presented to crew on Hokulea’s Malama Honua dockings at
more than 151 ports in 23 nations on five continents – the display
also includes a wood boomerang gifted on a summer 2015 Australian port
of call and a Mālama Honua-themed Tutudesk lap desk (part of a
desks-for-students initiative named in honor of social rights activist
Archbishop Desmond Tutu) designed for school children in South Africa.
Items in the display illustrating the use of traditional wayfinding
techniques on Hokulea voyages include a Marshallese wood, shell and
fiber-constructed stick chart representing the patterns of prominent
ocean swells and ways in which islands and atolls disrupted those
patterns; and a star compass created by Hokulea master navigator
Nainoa Thompson to help apprentice navigators memorize and understand
the skill of wayfinding by stars. Items from the Polynesian Voyaging
Society straight out of Hokulea’s voyaging history include one of
the canoe’s life preservers and a paddle from its 1976 maiden voyage
to Tahiti, an _ukulele_ played by crew members on the canoe’s
Pacific Ocean voyages, and a substantial, intricately-woven strand of
_kaula_ (cordage) crafted by Hokulea’s first master navigator Pius
“We worked closely with both the Hawaii Convention Center and the
Polynesian Voyaging Society to decide on the important stories they
wanted the display to tell,” said Brad Evans, director of exhibits
and production for Bishop Museum, who assisted in curating the
display. “Together, we wanted to show that Hokulea had been creating
bonds, offering and receiving gifts from people around the world, and
that the effect of the worldwide voyage extended well outside of
Hawaii and Hawaiian culture. It’s a small display, but it’s packed
full of information.”
For more information on the _Malama Honua: The Worldwide Voyage of
Hokulea_ display at the Hawaii Convention Center, call 808-943-3500.
To learn more about Hokulea’s Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage and
homecoming ceremonies on Oahu, visit www.hokulea.com .