Hōkūle‘a: Breathing Deeply and Treading Softly

It’s been two weeks since I arrived in Aotearoa (New Zealand) to continue the Worldwide Voyage around this beautiful country. So far, the crews of Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia have connected with numerous communities all around the northern cape of the country to learn about their histories and lands. One such stop was the Waipoua Forest along the Hokianga coast to see the mighty kauri trees that lived therein.

Tane Mahuta, a massive kauri tree in the Waipoua Forest (Photo by Daniel Lin)

The kauri tree is widely regarded as a sacred tree that is native to this land. This is partly because they can grow to be thousands of years old and up to 300 feet tall! One of the most well-known kauri trees in this forest is Tane Mahuta, otherwise known as the “Lord of the Forest.” As I stared in awe of this living legend, I was overcome with an incredible sense of humility and awareness that this wasn’t simply a tree in the woods. Rather, it was as if I could actually feel the mana, or spiritual power, within this tree and in doing so, I came to understand the underlying message of this place—to breathe deeply and —> Read More Here


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