We should not look upon the voyage of Hokuleʻa with the thought that out ethnic pride and awareness will be re-vitalized. This type of pride we search for should emulate [emanate] from within ourselves and should be a constant part of our daily lives. We must not rely wholly upon occasional events to stir up reminders of our dignity and abilities lest we become fleeting images for display; pieces in a show case.
The importance of the upcoming voyage of Hokuleʻa lies in a different discovery: the opportunity we have to discover how our ancestors conceptualized their world, how they responded to the challenges after leaving their homelands and how they attempted to survive in this new land, today our homeland. Grasping this knowledge we too can be committed to accept the challenges before us with the same determination of our ancestors.
[Some thoughts from thirty-four years ago. How have things changed? How have things stayed the same?]
(Alahou, 2-3/1980, p. 12)