This evening we will be screening a film about the sacred journey of the history of the sacred canoes that are currently sailing on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. The documentary is called "THE NAVIGATORS" and was created by Sam Low in 1983. Kris Kato will be introducing the film with Hawaiian chant and song. There will be tea and delicious food for sale during the event. The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage is making its way to the East Coast of the United States with plans to reach New York City in July, 2016.
Mālama Honua means to care for our Island Earth, but in Hawaiian, Mālama Honua means to take care of everything that makes up our world: People, land, oceans, living beings, and our community. It means learning from the Pacific Islander tradition of taking care of your limited resources as though you were living on a canoe in the open ocean. On a canoe, water, food, plants, and other basic needs are in limited supply and tended to with great care.
As Hōkūleʻa voyages around the world, we are discovering and sharing stories of hope that help us understand how indigenous and local wisdom can guide us in solving some of the greatest challenges we face as a global society today.
Sam Low 1983 One of the greatest seafaring feats of human history has been recreated in a documentary about an island tribe in Micronesia. Anthropologist Dr. Sanford Low demonstrates how ancient Polynesians traveled thousands of miles in traditional voyaging canoes from Tahiti to Hawai`i guided solely by the stars, winds and waves.
Introduction to the film, Hawaiian blessing and song by Kris Kato, Hawaiian cultural practitioner and emerging filmmaker based in New York City.
There will also be information available on how you can get involved in this very special voyage. The Hokulea will be docking in New York at some time in the Spring/Summer in the New York Harbor and there are many ways that we as a community can get involved!
Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia, the Polynesian voyaging canoes, are sailing across Earth’s oceans to join and grow the global movement toward a more sustainable world. The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage began in 2013 with a Mālama Hawaiʻi sail around our archipelago, and will continue through 2017 when our new generation of navigators take the helm and guide Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia back to Polynesia after circumnavigating the globe.
The Hawaiian name for this voyage, Mālama Honua, means “to care for our Earth.” Living on an island chain teaches us that our natural world is a gift with limits and that we must carefully steward this gift if we are to survive together. As we work to protect cultural and environmental resources for our children’s future, our Pacific voyaging traditions teach us to venture beyond the horizon to connect and learn with others. The Worldwide Voyage is a means by which we now engage all of Island Earth—bridging traditional and new technologies to live sustainably, while sharing, learning, creating global relationships, and discovering the wonders of this precious place we all call home.