On Wednesday 26th march 2015 an amazing event occurred at Point England beach. This event was the Hokule'a and the Hikianalia wakas coming to the Point England beach.
Early in the morning over 2,000 children arrived at the Pt England Reserve to see the two amazing wakas the Hokule’a and the Hikianalia. Everyone thought it was amazing and so did I because Collin and I had the opportunity to film on the Hikianalia as it was coming to shore.
Everything was tremendous, the water was clear and calm, the waka looked the beautiful in the sunlight and the people were all nice. I thought the coolest thing on the Hikianalia was how everybody worked together and there was no arguments about anything. I also liked the way that they started with a talk and a song.
As everybody (Manaiakalani schools) on the reserve chanted ‘E oho’ the crew started smiling and saying that it was beautiful and amazing. Then it was time to leave the waka. A dinghy came and took us to the beach and that’s where we saw all the children singing a waiata and the children in front dancing and doing the pukana. As we hopped off the dinghy we stepped into the water and my shoes got soaked. I had to take them off for them to dry.
This welcome was all for the people who worked on the Hikianalia and the Hokule’a. Then Mr Burt (Principal of Pt England) told all the children to come past the crew members and give them an awesome high five. This took at least half an hour long because there were 2,000 children. After that all the children left except for 3 from each school.
The children who stayed back were the children who got to eat a delicious hangi including the waka crew members (Hangi is food that is cook in the ground). Inside there was kumara, potato, stuffing, and a yummy drum stick.
It was a privilege to meet these people because those people or crew members are really fantastic. They didn’t have to come down to meet us but yet they did, all for us our school and our community just to learn a little bit about us and what we do. It was so spectacular and I am really happy that this event was so significant and successful.
I hope that they come back and see us.