Aloha meets ubuntu as Hawai­ian ca­noe vis­its

World­wide Voy­age re­minds lo­cals of the thread that binds us al­to­gether

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play­ing the “songs we sing in Hawaii”.

Shaun Tom­son, Fer­rar re­ports, said: “Ed­die’s ex­pe­ri­ence showed him that there was a lot of love for him in South Africa and that not ev­ery­one sup­ported apartheid.”

Ac­cord­ing to Fer­rar, the en­dur­ing feel­ing for the Holmes’ fam­ily, as voiced by one of the daugh­ters, Jodi Wilmott (now gen­eral man­ager of the World Surf League), was that “racial bound­aries were ac­tu­ally dis­solved” and a pow­er­ful bond was cre­ated “that has since touched the var­i­ous gen­er­a­tions and lives of our fam­i­lies – a thread that Ed­die wove and con­tin­ues to weave in our lives to­day”.

She said she thought “it’s a story that does ex­actly what the World­wide Voy­age is try­ing to ac­com­plish: sewing a thread around the world that ul­ti­mately ties us all to­gether as one hu­man race on Is­land Earth.”

Ap­par­ently, when the Hokule‘a was docked in Dur­ban be­fore sail­ing for Cape Town, a song writ­ten and sung by Ed­die was played to the crew.

He sings a Hawai­ian bal­lad to hon­our the Holmes fam­ily, recorded on a small recorder that Jodi’s mom had given him.

“Long time ago, in South Africa, met this fam­ily. Oh, I was lost, and had no place to go. They took took me in, and made me their friend, and shared their love with me.”

He sings about be­ing able to re­turn this love when they visit him in Hawaii years later. Af­firm­ing story, eh?

Weather Tip

HUGE swell ar­rives to­day as the rain clears and a mod­er­ately fresh south wind blows. Solid 4’ swell in False Bay but mild on­shores are messy. To­mor­row the swell drops to 6-8’ in mod­er­ate bumpy SW to W winds, but hope for some fun 2-4’ lines at Muizen­berg.

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