Today was our first Summer Saturday at the Old Dutch Church for 2016. It’s my favourite time of the year when we leave our 1837 church in the heart of Tarrytown and retreat to the church of our origin built 331 years ago by Frederick Philpse, Lord of Philipsburg Manor. My self-appointed task on Summer Saturdays is to open the church for visitors who come from all over, generally lured to this spot by Washington Irving’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow”.
Finally, my ship has come in. Well, not a ship exactly. A wa’a. A wa’a kaulua. A Hawaiian ocean-going canoe. Her name is derived from a celestial light, Arcturis, which Hawaiians call Hokule’a, the Star of Gladness. When a Hawaiian voyager sees this star, she knows she is almost home, and as we all learned from Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, there’s no place like home. Continue reading “Finally, My Ship Has Come In”
Hokule‘a is in the water now, sailing up the coast from the Capitol in Washington, D.C. to New York City. She is a Hawaiian wa‘a kaulua (ocean canoe), the guiding light of a nation, the Hawaiian nation, called the people of the wa‘a. Continue reading “The King and The Navigator”