Hokulea Worldwide Voyage crewmembers and a Hawaii delegation of educators, students and families honored Nobel Peace laureate and human rights advocate Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town.
The meeting took place at the offices of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.
“We had a very intimate ceremony here, and it was a special time for us to celebrate the incredible work of Desmond Tutu by performing a song written in his honor,” said Kalepa Baybayan, pwo navigator for Hokulea.
In addition to hula and mele, Ke Ka o Makali i, a group comprised of teachers and students from Kamehameha Schools and Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School, performed Hoʻoheno Keia No Akipihopa Desmond Mpilo Tutu, a song composed in tribute to the tireless efforts of Archbishop Tutu.
Polynesian Voyaging Society President Nainoa Thompson also presented Archbishop Tutu with a quilt of peace flags created by students of Hanahauoli School in Honolulu, who had expressed a wish that the quilt be given to the children of South Africa.
The gift recognizes the lifelong advocacy of Archbishop Tutu on behalf of impoverished youth.
“That [Hokulea is] ready to take the risks of sailing around the world is just amazing,” said Archbishop Tutu. “It’s uplifting to those who look at you, who read about you, and who see you,” he added when remarking about the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.
Archbishop Tutu also welcomed the crew at a Ceremony of Friendship that was held on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the V&A Marina to celebrate the historic arrival of Hokulea to Cape Town.
The global peace leader blessed and sailed on the Hokulea during his last visit to Hawaii in 2012.