On Sunday afternoon, I had the amazing opportunity to go aboard Hikianāli'a and meet the crew. I received this experience because I said "yes" to a fabulous teacher and crew member, Ms. Enriquez and wanted to help with Hikianāli'a's arrival. Uncle Shawn took Ms. Enriquez, Delaney, Auntie Jen and I out on his boat out of Lahaina Harbor to greet Hikianāli'a and take the crew to shore. When we approached Hikianāli'a, Uncle Archie Kalepa asked us to come aboard the canoe and we gladly took the offer. She was radiating with knowledge and positive energy and carried different cultures she has attained by traveling the Pacific. On the canoe, we got to see where Ms. Enriquez slept every night for her 5 week voyage around Samoa and the amazing features Hikianāli'a entails. I got to hold the steering oar and felt its power of directing the canoe throughout the sea. Every foot of the canoe was cared for and had a specific purpose in each journey it went through.
After that amazing experience, we went back to shore and witnessed the beautiful Hawaiian protocol to Hikianāli'a's crew and their families, respecting them and the voyage they had just undergone. Being on Hikianāli'a made the dream of sailing across the gigantic ocean on Hōkule'a a near reality.