BY LUANA MAITLAND – Friends of Hokulea & Hawaiiloa (FHH) returned for their third O Ke Kai Series for 2016 and they invited the Pacific University football team to join them. Though the team had scheduled sessions going on throughout the day, some team members made their way to hear the history of Hawaiian canoe building and stories of Hokulea’s Worldwide Voyage. Also there representing the Polynesian Voyaging Society was one of Hokulea’s navigators, Keahi Omai, who sailed on the legs from Australia to Bali and from Mauritius to South Africa. Keahi couldn’t stop talking about how well he and the crew were taken care of by the hosts of Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort.
Fresh taro (root vegetable) and ulu (breadfruit) were introduced to our guests, as it was commonly seen aboard the voyaging canoe during her sail.
Save the date for the final O Ke Kai Series for 2016: Saturday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. – noon.
Mahalo to the Friends of Hokulea & Hawaiiloa, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Lynn Cook and musician Kawika Kahiapo for a great day of sharing stories and music with our visitors, guests and hosts; and to Hookuaaina for the poi (Polynesian staple), taro and ulu.