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Canoes represent 14 Pacific Island nations

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Pacific Islands Report, June 27, 2011) – Seven Pacific voyaging canoes representing more than 100 people from 14 Island nations arrived at Kualoa Regional Park on Friday, June 24, 2011 at around 3 p.m..

The moment was magical as a modest number of eager Pacific Island supporters watched the first, second, third…canoe arrive from beyond the horizon.

Hawaii based Pacific clubs and supporters welcomed the seafarers with leis, chants, blow of the conch shell, kisses, hugs, and admiration.

Once the navigators and crew were seated, kava was served and a private ceremony commenced.

The mission of the voyage, dubbed "Te Mana o te Moana" or "The Spirit of the Sea," is to promote environmental awareness globally. It is sponsored by Okeanos-Foundation for the Sea, a nonprofit founded by German native Dieter Paulmann.

The voyage began in Aotearoa, New Zealand in April. After the next stop on Kauai, the Pacific canoes will head to California.

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