As a community we are deeply honored that our families have contributed so much to the renaissance of Polynesian Wayfinding, the navigation of double-hulled canoes by reading the stars, wind, and waves. Waimea voyagers have sailed the Hōkūleʻa from 1976 until the recent three-year Worldwide Voyage, Malama Honua. They have built the Makali'i and dedicated their lives to educating emerging navigators and crew members to continue this essential and remarkable ancient Hawaiian tradition.
Nā Wāhine ʻAukai Waʻa are the women voyagers who have sailed the Hōkūleʻa on its journeys. Three of these women who navigated on the June homecoming leg from Tahiti to Hawai'i are from Waimea: Pomai Bertelman (captain), Ka'iulani Murphy (navigator), and Pualani Lincoln Maielua ‘01 (apprentice navigator). Other women voyagers in our community include Ana Yarawamai ‘00 who sailed the first leg to Tahiti in 2014.
Please join us on Friday, September 29, 4:00 -5:30 pm to “talk story” with these Nā Wāhine ʻAukai Waʻa and learn about their experiences on the Hōkūleʻa. E komo mai! The event is free and open to all. We welcome students, families, and community to meet these voyagers and celebrate the historic Hokule'a journey that connected cultures and people across the globe, a journey with the theme of Lei Kaʻapuni Honua, “A Lei Encircling the World.”
Mollie Hustace, Director
Isaacs Art Center