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Hokule'a in Harbor.
Activities Since Landing
Tuesday, October 12, 1999
by Sam Low
Since arriving in Rapa Nui on Saturday, the crew has been largely engaged in cleaning Hokule'a and her
gear in preparation for the fourth stage of her voyage - the one to Tahiti. Our headquarters is in the bed
and breakfast of Jorge and Anna Edwards, in the main town of Hanga Roa, overlooking the ocean. During
our first day on the island we were entertained by Mahina Rapu's family, who cooked chicken, fish and
huge slabs of pork over an open fire in their yard. After a steady diet of saimin and canned food for
eighteen days, the crew dug in and consumed everything offered with great gusto. Following dinner we
were hosted to an exhibition of traditional dancing and singing at Hotel Hanga Roa followed by dinner.
Some of us went back to the B and B for much needed moe moe (sleep) while others found a disco where
they danced until it closed shortly before dawn.
Sunday was a full work day for all hands. We off loaded almost everything from the canoe--heavy
weather gear, food, galley utensils, safety harnesses, water bottles, coolers, life preservers, tools, personal
gear--and took them to headquarters for inventory and cleaning. One contingent stayed aboard Hokule'a
swabbing decks, cleaning out the holds and sleeping pukas (holes), making lists of needed repairs and
generally preparing the vessel for sea once more. At base camp Max took on the onerous task of washing
everyone's clothes and eighteen sets of foul weather gear. Shantell inventoried every piece of gear right
down to knives and forks; Doc, Sam, Nalani Wilson (who crewed on the second leg and flew to Rapa Nui
a week ago) and Sonny washed out water bottles, coolers and miscellaneous other equipment; Terry,
Mike, Mel, Tava, Kealoha, Aaron, Chad, and Bruce worked aboard Hokule'a readying her for sea, her
next journey to Tahiti scheduled for early November. Nainoa worked on our future schedule including
plans for cultural exchange with the people of Rapa Nui, and Maka worked aboard Kama Hele with Alex
to clean the ship and help make her ready for sea. After work - Bruce, Mike and Nainoa paddled with a
crew from the local canoe club. In the evening, Tava and Kealoha built a huge fire and we barbecued
steak and chicken for our second feast in as many consecutive days.
Monday was another day of work filled with similar activities. Sam went to the home of Carlos Sierra
Barra, a local graphic artist and TV producer, to establish contact with home base in Honolulu via the
internet and make arrangements for sending photographs back home, a process which was interrupted
when we lost our satellite connection a few days out of Pitcairn. Hopefully, within a day or two, daily
reports will be flowing once again.
From everyone here we send our special aloha to family and friends back home and especially to those
who donated so much of their time to make this voyage possible.
July 14, 1999, "Reaching the Marquesas"
July 31, 1999, "In Taiohae, Nukuhiva"
August 13, 1999, "Departing Atuona"
August 27, 1999, "Headed for Mangareva"
September 13, 1999, "Voyage Preparations"
September 22, 1999, "Departing Mangareva"
September 29, 1999, "Finding Rapa Nui: The Latest Strategy"
October 10, 1999, "Hokule'a Arrived"