WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Leeward Coast has been waiting over 20 years for the home coming of its beloved canoe E Ala. And their waiting has come to an end as E Ala begins its journey home this week. Amy Kalili has more.
Mai kona holokai mua ʻana ma kahi o ke 30 makahiki aku nei, ua holo kçia waʻa i nâ ʻano wahi like ʻole a ua hôʻea mai nô kona wâ e hoʻi ai i kona ʻâina ponoʻî iho nô.
Since it's inaugural sail almost 30 years ago, this double-hulled canoe has been many places and is finally returning home.
I think that when E Ala is finally back home, it's going to mean a lot. It's just a venue for our people to come down and learn one way of their culture.
Crew, E Ala
He mea nui ka hoʻi o E Ala i kona home. E lilo ana kçia he ala hoʻonaʻauao no ke kaiâulu.
A ke hoʻomâkaukau nei nô ko Waiʻanae no kçia hoʻi ʻana aku o E Ala.
Waiʻanae residents are preparing for the highly-anticipated homecoming.
We're trying to push to get a hâlau there, at least a hale there for her and keep her in Waiʻanae.
Ke paʻu nei ma ka paʻa o ka hâlau waʻa.
Ua kâpili ʻia ʻo E Ala i ka mh 1981 e ko ia kaiâulu a ua lilo kçia waʻa he pôʻaiapili e haʻaheo ai ke kaiâulu Hawaiʻi o Oʻahu komohana.
E Ala was built in 1981 as a community-driven project and the canoe became of symbol of pride for the West side of Oʻahu.
I feel very proud to be here and be able to work on it and being able to say, "yes I was one of them to be able to bring E Ala back."
Senior, Waiʻanae High School
Nui koʻu haʻaheo i ke komo pû i kçia hoʻi ʻana o E Ala i kona home.
ʻO Anjolie kekahi o nâ haumâna no Nânâkuli me Waiʻanae e hoʻomâkaukau ana no kçia huakaʻi no kçia mau mahina 6 i hala iho nei.
Anjolie is one of several Nânâkuli and Waiʻanae students who have trained for the past 6 months to take part in the journey.
That's how we first started training: doing the sails, doing the paddles, doing the different calls, doing the steering paddles. We would also do a lot of land work with knot tying and just getting familiarized with the stars as well.
Ua hoʻomaka ma ka holo, ka hoe waʻa ʻana, me nâ hoe uli. Loaʻa pû ka hana ma ka ʻâina.
E holo pû ana nâ loea holokai, hoʻokele a kilo hôkû kekahi me nâ haumâna.
The students will be joined by seasoned voyagers as well.
I think this is a great opportunity for Waiʻanae, especially for the younger generations because I believe if we take this step and we show them we care about it then they should care about it too.
He mea nui ana no nâ hanauna hou o Waiʻanae e ulu ai ka hoi i loko lâkou kekahi.
A e pae aku ana nô ka waʻa ma Pôkaʻî ma ka Poʻahâ.
The voyage will end at Pôkaʻî on Thursday.
It's going to consist of E Ala, Hokuleʻa, Makaliʻi, and Kama. And those four boats are going to go out and have this big reconnection in guiding E Ala back home.
E holo like ana nâ waʻa kaulua ʻeha, ʻo E Ala, Hôkûleʻa, Makaliʻi, a me Kama, ma kçia huakaʻi.
E makaʻala mai nô ke mau ana ko ʻÂhaʻi kûkala aku i ka nûhou no kçia hoʻi ʻana o E Ala i kona home.
We'll bring you more on E Ala's return home.