Nature and human dignity require each other

Dieter Paulmann, founder of Okeanos, and the man who’d conceived of an audacious Pacific voyaging project (see, had invited me to lunch just before I left the Hawaiian isle of Kauai. The setting—overlooking Hanalei Bay and the seven traditional-style Pacific voyaging craft called vakas that had just arrived the night before (including the one […]

Setting Sail III: Arriving in Hanalei Bay, Kauai

Hanalei arrival

Throngs of people awaited our arrival at a land called Hanalei. And in keeping with the spirit of tradition, locals and our crews observed traditional customs of arrival and protocol—and a little theater. The natives threatened and dared us, asserting firmly that this was their island. And after our crews offered gifts, it was all […]

Setting Sail I: From Honolulu


After the Kava Bowl Summit closed, I was given a tremendous privilege: to sail with the fleet of seven magnificent traditional voyaging catamarans—called vakas—overnight from Oahu to Kauai. Wow. A large crowd of several hundred gathered as we spent several hours prepping for departure from Honolulu. The crews had crossed the Pacific to converge on […]

What is the ocean worth to you?

What is the ocean worth to you? That was the question posed as we convened for the Kava Bowl Ocean Summit Conference in Honolulu this week. The spiritual power of our convening came from the seven traditional voyaging canoes that had sailed in the ancient fashion—no GPS, no compass—with master Pacific navigators using the stars […]