Hokulea Worldwide Voyage crew members and supporters honored Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Tuesday at a ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa.
The ceremony was held at the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy foundation, in honor of the archbishop’s work as a Nobel Peace laureate and human rights advocate.
“We had a very intimate ceremony and it was a special time for us to celebrate the incredible work of Desmond Tutu,” said Kalepa Baybayan, a Hokulea navigator.
In the archbishop’s honor, Ke Ka o Makalii, a group of teachers and students from Kamehameha Schools and Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School, performed "Hooheno Keai No Akipihopa Desmond Mpilo Tutu." The song was composed in Tutu's honor.
Nainoa Thompson, Polynesian Voyaging Society president, presented the archbishop with a quilt made by students of Hanahauoli School in Honolulu.
The quilt of peace flags celebrates Tutu's lifelong advocacy of impoverished youth. The students wished that the quilt be given to the children of South Africa.
Tutu told attendees that Hokulea is "ready to take the risks of sailing around the world is just amazing."
“It’s uplifting to those who look at you, who read about you and who see you.”
The Hokulea crew and others traveling with the crew have participated in various activities during their visit to South Africa, offering canoe tours, conducting school visits and engaging in other cultural exchanges.