WELCOMING THE POLYNESIAN BRANCH OF THE HUMAN FAMILY HOME

The extraordinary double-hulled Polynesian sailing canoe, Hokule‘a, makes landfall in Cape Town tomorrow, the halfway point of a worldwide cultural journey of sharing, learning and connecting. The visitors are being hosted in Cape Town by the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

The Hokule‘a is a 60-foot replica of an ancient Polynesian voyaging craft, not dissimilar to the vessels that transported the first human inhabitants to Hawaai approximately 1700 years ago. It was built 40 years ago by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, a non-profit group dedicated to the re-discovery and preservation of Polynesian history, culture and technology.

The Hokule‘a is due to dock at Quay Six in the Cape Town Waterfront at 2pm on Saturday (14 November); to be welcomed with a Ceremony of Friendship at the adjacent Jetty Six.

“Connecting people and building global consciousness of our oneness as members of the human family are fundamental to the mission of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation,” said Executive Director, the Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu.

“When we meet the Hokule‘a crew tomorrow we will be welcoming them home as sisters and brothers, to Africa, the birthplace of all humanity.”

Archbishop Emeritus Tutu, who blessed the vessel while visiting Honolulu in 2012, said: “I want to commend all who have contributed to the journey of the Hokule‘a, from those who conceived it and have sponsored its travels, to those who have sailed it across the seas. They are helping us all to discover truths about ourselves and our membership of the family of God.”

Media are most welcome to attend the Hokule‘a arrival and Ceremony of Friendship tomorrow.

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