Hokule'a Sail Material - Key Chain
The key chain is made from a recycled Hōkūle‘a sail. This sail has seen more than 6,000 miles on the 1992, “No Na Mamo – A Voyage for Children” that journeyed from Hawai‘i to the Society Islands.
In June 1992, the navigators guided Hōkūle‘a using the art of non-instrument wayfinding, sailing first to Ra‘atea then to Taputapuatea, the most sacred heiau and center of learning in eastern Polynesia where the need to teach the lessons of wayfinding to the world was reaffirmed.
They then sailed to Rarotonga, Cook Islands to join sixteen (16) wa‘a – canoes that had gathered to celebrate the revival of canoe building and traditional navigation throughout the Pacific at The Sixth Festival of Pacific Arts.
In October 1992, on the return leg to Hawai‘i, navigator Nainoa Thompson and astronaut Lacy Veach shared a historic satellite phone call connecting Hōkūle‘a with the orbiting space shuttle Columbia and students in Honolulu to discuss the importance of learning and exploration. This conversation paved the way to today’s journey - Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.
Each keychain reflects the wear and tear of the sail. Each is unique, including the print design. The material is hand-cut, washed, printed, and then sewn. No two are the same. Supplies are extremely limited.
**Image is for illustrative purposes - the printed design will vary. Average size of sail is 4" tall and 1" wide at the center.