I Malaki e holoholo ana ka waa kaulua kaulana loa o Hokulea a hiki i ka moku o Palamila (Palmyra) i ka moana hema o Hawai`i nei. Ia lakou na mea waa e nee mai i ke one o kela moku, pono lakou e kahea aku i na mea noho ma laila. Haku ia keia oli na lakou e Ohukaniohia (o wau no hoi):

In March the famous double hulled voyaging canoe Hokulea will sail until it reaches the island of Palmyra, in the seas south of Hawaii nei. When they, the canoe crew, approach the sands of that island, it is proper for them to chant their arrival to the residents there. This chant was composed for them by Ohukaniohia (thatʻs me):

Nupanupa lipo ka ‘āpapa i ka la‘i e
‘O Palamila ho‘omalu i ka pohu loa
Ka‘apuni i ka nalu po‘ipū ka papa una‘oa o Kupa
Kūpa‘a ka holona no ke anahulu
Mai ka mauna kūnihi o Hawai‘i kuauli
Hiki mai nā mamo maka ‘ālohilohi
Hiki pū nō me ke aloha
E pae, e pae,
E ho‘oku‘u ku‘u mai. ‘Ae


Lush and deep green lies the island in the calm
‘Tis shaded Palmyra in the windless sea
Ringed by breaking waves is the coral flat of Cooper Island
We have held firm for the 10 day voyage
From the steep-sided mountains of dark-backed Hawai‘i
Here come the bright-eyed descendents
Arriving altogether finally, with aloha
To land, to come ashore,
Give us passage. Grant consent

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Comment by ʻOhukaniʻōhiʻa on March 6, 2009 at 9:17pm
Well, the weather has delayed the departure of Hōkūleʻa for one week now, and this has removed the option for me to fly down to Palmyra to answer their oli kāhea. Though saddened by this, I will move now to Plan B: to train, from afar, one of the people stationed at Palmyra to pane (reply). One of the Palmyra staff, their galley chef(!) is a kanaka from Hawaiʻi moku o Keawe, and she may be willing to take on the kuleana of answering to the kāhea of the crew of Hōkūleʻa.
Comment by ʻOhukaniʻōhiʻa on February 9, 2009 at 9:34pm
mahalo e Namakaeha! ;)
Comment by Namaka'eha on February 9, 2009 at 5:48pm
What is the cost for a travel to this island. How many po'e can go? If we need money, better start planning a fund raiser! Let me know if you need kokua.

LOL
Comment by ʻOhukaniʻōhiʻa on February 9, 2009 at 3:50pm
It would be superb if USFWS personnel can help with the response. TNC will fly me down so I can provide reply to the crew when they arrive. Got to make sure that the island is ready for Hokule`a the same way Hokule`a is ready for the island!
Comment by Benton Kealii Pang on February 9, 2009 at 2:37pm
I wonder if TNC and/or FWS personnel on Palmyra will be available for a response?

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