Haunui sails with the mission of revitalising waka culture and knowledge within the Pacific; protecting the environment, promoting awareness of the oceans, pollution and climate change.
Haunui is part of a conversation, a korero about reviving those traditions of our Pacific ancestors.
Commemorating Tainui kaumatua Hone Haunui, Kaihautu Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr chose to honour him for years his support and sage guidance when it came to waka. He was a man respected and recognised for his matauranga and in his lifetime launched many waka. Hone Haunui was also involved in Te Mana o te Moana as he was the kaumatua who performed the launching karakia and ceremonies for Hinemoana, one of the waka in the family of canoes that will be travelling the Pacific. Sadly Hone passed away in December 2010.
The hulls of the waka are also named Pikikōtuku (The ascending white heron) for the female port hull. The male starboard hull is named Wharetoroa (House of the albatross). The steering hoe has been given the name Te Whare Hukahuka o Tangaroa (The foaming house of Tangaroa the sea god).
The Haunui waka is for all iwi and owned by all nations.
Pacific Navigation and voyaging requires imagination and determination to traverse the stories that have been locked in our physical memories, DNA stored. To remember is to laugh, to cry, to celebrate and to mourn. To remember is to sense the mana of our seafaring ancestors, whose feats of bravery were underpinned by their knowledge and skill.
We have come to know again the sea, the sky, the wind, the karakia, and the stars. But to have only these as portents and guides renders most of us modern descendants mute.
Waka journeyed from the corridors of Satawal and Guam to Fiji, Samoa, Tonga up to Hawaii, across to Rapanui and finally down to Aotearoa. Toia mai! Te waka!
Left with this legacy, we reach out to grasp fading threads of conversation and reflections of the way we used to be.