Spiritual versus sacred
Kālepa Baybayan has been an active participant in the Polynesian voyaging renaissance since 1975. In 2007, he was one of five Hawaiian men initiated into the order of Pwo, a three thousand year old society of deep-sea navigators. Most recently, Kālepa participated in the 3-year Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.
During the recent Native Hawaiian Perspectives webinar presented by HIEDB, he explained why, when talking about the secular nature of Maunakea, the word spiritual is more appropriate.
As defined, "spiritual is that which moves the human spirit. It's about a relationship to place, environment, solitude and peace. It's not about a religious relationship."
Take a moment to listen to Kālepa Baybayan's comments on the spiritual versus sacred.