Saw this post today about a family that took to their sailboat, parents with a 3 year old and an infant, in an effort to get to get to Kiribati. They ran into trouble and were rescued by a fishing boat.
They figured the island would provide them with a safe place to have their own religious and cultural views. They obviously had never been to an island. But it made me think about how it must always have been for people who resettle. I think a lot about the people that took wagons full of children and some animals across the US in search of California, people who got on ships in Europe and crossed the oceans to the Americas, and people who built canoes and loaded up to go to another island far away. They are motivated. They don’t really know where they’re going. They mostly don’t take the right stuff. Almost always, there is a storm.
Today they posted this really cool video from the 1976 Hokulea trip. Its so beautiful. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFtNhSl1dt8&feature=youtu.be They look so 70’s-ish. I really love the song too.
I have to put this at the top of my list. I might even go to Hawaii to watch the trip launch.
Just watched this and it had me in tears.http://hokulea.org/wwv-report/hokule%ca%bba-is-ready-to-see-the-world-video-of-launching-from-%ca%bboiwi-tv/
Here is the blog announcement from today! http://pacificvoyagers.org/hokule%CA%BBa-upcoming-plans
The Dali Lama was in Hawaii last weekend and shared laughter and happiness with all sorts of people. This is a great story about his visit to the Hōkūle`a. He blessed the upcoming journey and said she could heal the ocean.
I really miss this beach. It is only a few miles from where I used to live in Hawaii so I’d go there often.
The second trailer from the canoe videos is out. http://youtu.be/iKbIeBfF4eo Makes me cry. You can feel the love and ancestral connections. They show some of the journey through San Francisco and down the west coast. This is really happening in our lifetime. Amazing.
Todays blog is great. They sort of wrap up a bunch of different stories. http://www.pacificvoyagers.org/voyage/blogs/rich-waters.html Sad, exciting, dramatic, beautiful. From some of the posts it sounds like the next 2 days will be magical experiences with whales.
“Fog” by Pacific Voyagers
I love reading these blogs. The canoes are just around some of the whale breeding lagoons of the coast of Mexico. Breathtaking written images as they describe their journeys. http://www.pacificvoyagers.org/voyage/blogs/whale-grave-yard.html
Very interesting blogs in the last few days about when they didn’t eat a sunfish and pondering ancient travelers. Did someone make this journey a thousand years ago? Adventure is in man’s nature.
Photo: Duncan Morris © Oceanic Nature Film Productions
The group of vaka that sailed from the South Pacific and New Zealand to California are on the move. They stayed in San Diego for a few months and are now on their way to the Sea of Cortez to visit the whales.
Wasn’t sure where this post was going but it was so thoughtful and beautiful that I had to share it. Made me think even more deeply about how important it is to be respectful. And thanks for pointing out the helium thing too.
Sometimes you look at these adventures as just athletic feats. They are tests of human endurance and intelligence. But the depth of meaning in these voyages is really beyond that. They are traveling to bring attention to the needs of the ocean, the needs of our cultures together on this planet, the needs of our children.
So interesting what they think about out there on the ocean and how lucky to be living in a time to be able to read and share.
I got a message today that if you like the FB page for the pacific voyagering society then someone wins a tshirt. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pacificvoyager
I think this is a great way to get people to repost your link and I really would like to have a cool tshirt from them. Thats all I know.