National Geographic : 2002 Dec
"THE MAKALI'I REPRESENTED A TIME IN OUR CULTURE WHEN EVERYBODY CAME TOGETHER, A TIME OF THANKSGIVING. NO MORE WARS, NO MORE FIGHTING. EVERYTHING WAS JUST PEACE." ForBertelmann the vessel transcendsmere metaphorby bringingtogetherall branches ofHawai'i'sdiversefamily tree,just as the constellationPleiades-Makali'iin Hawaiian once ushered in a time offamily gatheringsandpeace. "The canoe brings togetherpeople from all walks oflife and allnationalities,"says Bertelmann. "It makes no difference what coloryour skin is. Justthat we're working together to make everything work out well" Bertelmann has no illusionsabouta quick curefor the islands' social ills. But he and his volunteer crew keep sailing,keep teaching,keep "talkingstory." "It's not easy, but we have to keep on trying," he says. "You never know who you are going to touch. Whoever comes and enjoys andfeels the way we feel can share the experience with someone else, anditgrows that way. It's a little bit slow, but itgrows that way."