Pwo Chadd Paishon to Sail Hikianalia Home to Hawai'i on Maiden Voyage
Pwo Chadd Paishon, Sr. Captain of Nā Kālai Waʻa and Makaliʻi, will be departing on October 27, 2012 to Tahiti to assist the Captain and crew of Hikianalia home to Hawaiʻi. Hikianalia is the newest vessel in our Hawaiʻi fleet of canoes. She will be accompanying Hōkūleʻa on their World Wide Voyage that is currently set to launch in June, 2012.
"Being given Pwo is a responsibility to share your knowledge with others. This is my responsibility for the trip onboard Hikianalia: to share with them what I've been taught by Mau, Shorty, Nainoa, Clay and the others; to make sure that they will be that much more prepared as crew and leaders for the World Wide Voyage" mentioned Paishon in an email before his departure to Tahiti to join the crew of Hikianalia.
Hikianalia was designed in the same model as the Pacific Voyager canoes that have been sailing around the Pacific ocean promoting Healthy Oceans. The name Hikianalia is the Hawaiian term for the star Spica, the sister star to Hōkūleʻa. Hikianalia (Spica) and Hōkūleʻa (Arcturus) both appear on the eastern horizons together and travel in tangent across the night sky.
Hikianalia, has taken our voyaging canoes of Hawaiʻi one step further in technology. Her engines are electric and she is powered through renewable energy resources like solar energy. She is a model for clean ocean transportation and resource sustainability.
Paishon reflects, "there is a saying that was started by Clay, the canoe is our island so the island is our canoe, he waʻa he moku he moku he waʻa, we need to care for our resources when on our waʻa or on our moku. The canoe always brings those lessons home."
Hikianalia is scheduled to depart Tahiti in early November and arrive in Hawaiʻi middle to end of November. Welcoming festivities are being planned for her arrival in Kūhiō (Radio) Bay, Hilo Harbor. If you would like to kōkua, please email email@example.com.
While sailing home, Chadd will be emailing up dates from Hikianalia, which will be posted on our website. He will be posing questions for learners of all ages to consider while they track him across the Pacific. To keep updated on his post, click the following link: http://www.nakalaiwaa.org/home/tracking-chadd
Here are some links for more information on the World Wide Voyage:
Tracking Chadd: http://www.nakalaiwaa.org/home/tracking-chadd
World Wide Voyage: hokulea.org
Tracking Hikianalia: http://www.hawaiilink.net/~mms/wwv_hikianalia/