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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Hōkūleʻa visit emphasizes culture and environmental stewardship

 

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Crew on board the 65-foot-long sailing vessel Hōkūleʻa prepare to dock at the airplane float in Reliance Harbor on June 27. The Hōkūleʻa is circumnavigating the Pacific Ocean, a 43,000-nautical-mile journey, to share cultures and environmental stewardship ideas with communities along the route.

As tribal members lined the shore on the backside of Shakes Island, dressed in regalia from their respective clans, one of their voices rang out.

"Where do these boats come from?"

"We are the children of Hawaii. We come from Hawaii," came the response from a canoe in Reliance Harbor.

"Aahá. It is good to see you again. Aahá. Come on our land. You are welcome."

From the moment the sailing vessel Hōkūleʻa appeared on the horizon June 27 to greet the Tlingit tribe near Petroglyph Beach for an escort to Shakes Island, until three days later when they headed south for Ketchikan, the Moana...



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