We are voyagers. Our ancestors came from across the Pacific Ocean on a double-hull voyaging canoe and settled to these islands we now call home. On a canoe, they were able to sustain themselves for weeks at a time, in the middle of the ocean. They understood that everyone on the canoe had a job to do and they understood the art of “not over stepping”; you tend to your job and did not tell others how to do theirs. Respect was the key to a peaceful, functioning environment. They took care of one another and respected each other. No pilikia (no trouble). They brought these values to their new home, the home we now call Hawai’i. He wa’a he moku, he moku he wa’a; the canoe is an island, the island is a canoe. This is a saying that we use. We take care of each other on the island the way we take care of each other on a canoe voyage. These are the values we have learned as Hawaiians. These are the values we teach others as Voyagers.
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