In January 2000, hubby and I attended a re-launching of Hokule'a.
The Polynesian Voyaging Society held an auction of old used parts that had
been re-placed on her.
I was lucky enough to win a part of the rigging "doughnut" that lines
are fed through. Its made of Koa and maple.
One of the high lights of this was that hubby got to meet Wally Froiseth
who was not only a surf legend, but also one of the carvers of these cleats.
one of the things that hubby said was how small she was to have sailed over
100,000 miles at that time. Since then she's been increased in size (but not by much).
I also remember on that day that Pappa Mau Piailug was there.
He's the man that taught Nainoa Thompson to navigate by the stars.
A few years ago there was the movie "Pappa Mau" about him.
So when Hokule'a came to Haleiwa
it brought back memories of that day and the feelings of awe we felt then
about this remarkable canoe and those who sail her.