Holo ka Wa‘a

HMI Bids Farewell, Goes With, Follows After, and Greets

Kumu Hula Maya Saffery and her kāne Kaleomanu‘iwa Wong (she is a Polynesian Voyaging Society protocol specialist and he a watch captain and apprentice navigator) very much belong to the HMI family, so when the Hōkūle’a and Hikianalia sailed on the first, Tahiti leg of their Mālama Honua voyage, our hālau had the honor of being represented at both Honolulu and Tautira as well as on the deep ocean that connects them.


We followed the journey to Tahiti via PVS-‘Ōiwi video feeds, blogs, and posts; hardly a day passed without our shedding sweet tears of joy over what we defined on the HMI Facebook page as “the dream of two teachers: that we be surpassed by our own students.”


We share with you here some of those amazing, proud-proud-proud moments.

Photo: Nicolas Tomasello

Crew Profile: Kaleo Wong

Video interview at www.hokulea.com

Kaleo Wong: Honoring the Ancestors

Video interview at www.hokulea.com

A Visit to Fare Hape in the mimi rain of Te Ura Wahine.  Video at www.hokulea.com

Photo: I Love Tahiti-Iʻve been to Tahiti-Iʻm from Tahiti

Photo: Sylvana Puhetini

Kaleo Wong: Papaete Update

Video interview at www.hokulea.com

Photo: PVS-‘Ōiwi TV, Ken Chong