SAMOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hokulea and her sister escort canoe Hikianalia took some special guests for a sail Monday in Apia, Samoa, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Palau President Tommy Remengesau Jr.
"People often say we are in the same boat," Ban Ki-moon said during a conference. "I would say we are all on the same small island on the same small planet Earth; this is like a small boat in the universe."
Ban presented crew members with a handwritten message in a bottle to take with them on their worldwide journey. The note said:
I am honored to be part of Hokulea's Worldwide Voyage. I am inspired by its global mission. As you tour the globe, I will work and rally more leaders to our common cause of ushering in a more sustainable future, and a life of dignity for all.
Other visitors included artist Wyland and Blue Planet founder Henk Rogers.
Hokulea and Hikianalia arrived in Apia for the United Nations Small Island Developing States Conference that takes place Sept. 1 through Sept. 4 as part of a larger partnership promoting environmental sustainability and ocean health for islands around the world. The sister canoes will then continue on their worldwide journey Malama Honua, meaning "to care for our island earth." The voyage will cover 47,000 nautical miles, 85 ports, and 26 countries through 2017.
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