Today was probably one of the most epic sessions I've had in a very long time,
One of my very good college friends called me earlier this week asking if I'd be able to travel with her crew, being that she was going to be sailing her canoe "Kanehunamoku" into the area where I live. Being that this was the first time ever that Kanehunamoku was sailing outside of her Windward O'ahu turf into the area where I live, she felt more comfortable having a "native" (along with my other good friend and fellow "native") of the area to be with her on deck.
Kanehunamoku, along with a number of other Hawaiian canoes are referred to as if they are real people, and rightfully so. Traditional Hawaiian canoes are a direct link to the people to our of the past, being that that's how we all got here over eons ago. The art and skill of Hawaiian voyaging was revitalized in the late 1970's with Hokule'a. Since Hokule'a's renaissance voyage, other Hawaiian canoes or wa'a have been born, including Hawai'i Loa, E Ala, Makali'i and Kanehunamoku just to name a few. Kanehunamoku, in Hawaiian wa'a genealogy is the 'ohana (family) of Makali'i. What makes Kanehunamoku extra special is that it is captained by my good friend, who is one of the very few female Native Hawaiian captains in the world, unreal.
So came this morning, I woke my bootay up at 5:30 in the morning to get ready and pick up my other "native" friend. When we got to Wai'anae Boat Harbor, there was Kanehunamoku sitting there, silhouetted by the early dawn, epic, I tell you.
Besides the two local natives, my friend's crew for the day was made up of her husband, two other adult deck hands and these two high school boys. I was super super impressed at how "on it" these two boys (along with the rest of the crew for that matter) were. The crew was in their zone tying lines down and prepping Kanehunamoku for the day ahead.