Kumu Crew: Canoe Tours Day

May 1, 2016

In from Starr Johnson ‘98

"Aloha!" Today was a day where we said it and felt it a lot. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. we had a steady stream of visitors during Yorktown's big day of "canoe tours."

We set up an outreach tent to make Aloha Aina flags and teach the star compass, but I was on the canoe all day helping guide people down the dock, onto the wa'a, share information and answer questions.

By the end of the day we welcomed over 500 people onto the canoe from all walks of life: babies as young as 7 weeks old, kupuna older than 80 years of age, people from right here in Yorktown, some from more than two hours away, and many from Hawai‘i who have not been home for decades – the one that hit me the hardest was a man, his wife and daughter who drove 20 hours from Ohio just to see Hokule'a!

After hearing their story we decided to keep the lines open regardless of the rain, cold and wind. Soaking wet we stayed out for 9 hours to be sure everyone who wanted to visit Hōkū could.

We also met with a Punahou grad, Ted Voorhees '51, so snapped a photo of our O'ahu a gang! Our outreach continues as do the stories of learning.

Mahalo for following!