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Hōkūleʻa Homecoming Schedule of Events – More Then 50,000 Expected to Attend

The culmination of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, Hōkūleʻa’s historic return to Hawai‘i on June 17, 2017 will be celebrated at Magic Island, Oʻahu, with a cultural welcoming ceremony followed by an all-day grand celebration open to the entire community.

More then 50,000 people are expected to take part in the homecoming.

Event Timeline:

  • 7-8:00 AM Four local voyaging canoes from Hawaiian Islands arrive at Magic Island marina: Arrival Times:​ 7:00 AM – Nāmāhoe / 7:30 AM Moʻokiha / 7:45 AM Makaliʻi / 8:00 AM Hawaiʻiloa
  • 8:30 AM Two canoes from the Pacific voyaging community arrive at Magic Island marina Okeanos Marshall Islands / Faʻafaite of Tahiti
  • 9:00 AM Hikianalia enters marina and docks along bank
  • Hōkūleʻa enters marina and ties up to floating dock at Marker 7
  • 10:00 AM Kāliʻi Rite conducted by Hale Mua
  • 10:30 AM Formal Homecoming Ceremony
  • 12:30-1 PM Screening of Mālama Honua Voyage Highlights
  • 1:00-5:30 PM Hoʻolauleʻa: Music and Community Celebration
  • 1-1:20 PM Olomana
  • 1:30-1:45 PM Jon Osorio
  • 1:50-2:20 PM Kapena
  • 2:30-2:55 PM Keauhou
  • 3:00-3:10 PM Auliʻi Carvalho
  • 3:15-3:30 PM Leon & Malia
  • 3:35-3:45 PM Steve Grimes
  • 3:50-4:10 PM Kainani Kahaunaele
  • 4:15-4:40 PM Tahiti MANA
  • 4:45-5:20 PM John Cruz, Brother Noland & Paula Fuga
  • 5:20-5:25 PM Mahalo message from Nainoa Thompson
  • 5:25-5:30 PM “Hawaiʻi Aloha”

Parking:

  • No general parking in Magic Island, strictly enforced
  • Limited handicap parking in Magic Island, must have placard-holder in the car with ID, strictly enforced
  • Encouraging public transportation and off-site parking to alleviate expected congestion;
  • HPD may shut down Ala Moana Park Drive as needed
  • Offsite parking available with shuttles running as needed from 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Free parking at McKinley High School, enter at Pensacola St.
  • Paid parking at Hawai‘i Convention Center, enter at Kalakaua Ave.

Food:

Participating vendors will be using compostable items; no one-time use plastics.  PVS encourages reusable water bottles, coconut filtered water stations provided by Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation

Participating food vendors:

  • Ahi Ambassadors
  • Da Spot
  • Hale Kealoha
  • IL Gelato
  • L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Hawaiian Plate and Mix Plate
  • Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
  • Waimānalo Farms

Other:

  • Pop-up tents only allowed around perimeter of multi-purpose field
  • No canoe tours or entry onto Hōkūleʻa
  • PVS commemorative Homecoming t-shirts available for sale

Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage Update – Hokulea Homecoming Scheduled

The Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines today announced that iconic voyaging canoe Hokulea is scheduled to return to the Hawaiian Islands in June 2017.  On Saturday, June 17, Polynesian Voyaging Society and its crew members will conclude the three-year sail around the globe and make an historic arrival at Oahu’s Magic Island after sailing nearly 40,000 nautical miles since departing Hawaiian waters on May 30, 2014. Themed Lei Kaapuni Honua, meaning “A Lei Around The World,” Hokulea’s homecoming celebration will include a cultural welcoming ceremony followed by a hoolaulea at Magic Island.  A series of additional homecoming events are being planned during the week following the June 17 arrival event.

“When Hokulea first set sail on the Worldwide Voyage, our mission was to seek out and share stories of hope that would inspire a movement to strengthen the health and well-being of Island Earth,” said Nainoa Thompson, president of Polynesian Voyaging Society. “Our vision is that this Voyage of a 1,000 stories will launch 10,000 voyages needed to protect and care for Hawaii and the world,” he added.

Leading up to the homecoming in June, Polynesian Voyaging Society will be highlighting stories of schools, organizations and local individuals that have taken lessons from the Worldwide Voyage to launch efforts that further care for the world’s natural and cultural environments.

At the completion of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines, Hokulea and Hikianalia will have covered approximately 60,000 nautical miles, over 150 ports, 27 nations and approximately seven of UNESCO’S Marine World Heritage sites. Along the way, over 300 experienced volunteer crew members have helped to sail the vessel and connect with more than 100,000 people throughout the world in communities across the South Pacific, Tasman Sea, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea, including Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Indonesia, Mauritius, South Africa, Brazil, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cuba, the East Coast of the United States and Canada. Currently, Hokulea is in Miami and is scheduled to depart for Panama in a few days. The canoe will transit through the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean and will make stops in the Galapagos Islands, Rapa Nui and French Polynesia before returning home to Hawaii.

The mission of the Voyage is to spread the message of Malama Honua (caring for Island Earth) by promoting environmental consciousness, fostering learning environments, bringing together island communities and to grow a global movement toward a more sustainable world. The Voyage has sought to engage the public by practicing how to live sustainably while sharing Polynesian culture, learning from the past and from each other, creating global relationships, and discovering the wonders of Island Earth.

After returning to Hawaii, the crew will sail Hokulea and Hikianalia around the Hawaiian Islands to visit communities and share stories and lessons learned on the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.  For updates on the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage homecoming, visit www.hokulea.com/home .

Hokulea Arrives in Miami, Completing Journey Along US East Coast

Traditional voyaging canoe Hokulea yesterday made her safe arrival into Miami, Florida, and the final stop on the 25th leg of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines.

miamiCrewmembers moored the vessel at the city’s Shake-A-Leg Marina on Saturday afternoon where the canoe will remain for about three weeks for re-provisioning and preparations for the next leg of the voyage. The crew also will be engaging with the Miami community to share the message of Malama Honua (to care for Island Earth).

miami2The marina hosting Hokulea and her crew is home to Shake-A-Leg Miami, a non-profit organization providing opportunities for children, youth and adults with physical, developmental and economic challenges to experience watersports and Miami’s marine environment by teaching environmental lessons, therapeutic sailing and other water sport activities.  The children and adults participating in Shake-A-Leg Miami’s programs will be able to meet the crew and learn the inspiring stories about Hokulea while she is moored there.

miami3While in Miami, the crew also will conduct a series of free canoe tours and plans to connect with cultural and community leaders for educational opportunities that extend the mission of the Worldwide Voyage. The crew plans to reconnect with several Florida schools and representatives of the Miccosukee and Seminole Nation tribes, who welcomed Hokulea when she first arrived in Florida at Everglades National Park in March of this year before spending the next nine months sailing up the East Coast.

miami4“With every person our crew engages with, we get one step closer to growing a global movement of people who share a common passion of malama aina,” said Kalepa Baybayan, pwo navigator and captain for Hokulea’s sail throughout Florida. “Miami will be a critical break for our team as we create and engage in conversations with people who nurture and inspire stewardship for our Mother Earth.”

Miami is the final stop for Leg 25 of the Voyage, which began in Virginia following Hokulea’s drydock for maintenance and repairs.  A new crew will be arriving for Leg 26, which will sail the canoe to Hokulea will then prepare to cross the 48-mile Panama Canal before returning to the South Pacific Ocean to make her momentous journey home to the Hawaiian Islands.

Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia Depart Hilo Bay for Worldwide Voyage

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today commented on the departure of voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia, as crew members embark on the first leg of their 36-month worldwide voyage.

Hokulea in Radio Bay

Hokulea in Radio Bay

Gov. Abercrombie stated:

“We congratulate Hōkūle‘a, Hikianalia and crew members for today’s successful launch and wish them fair winds and following seas throughout their Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. This journey is living proof that the ocean connects us rather than divides us and it is our hope that people around the globe take this as an opportunity to unite in the spirit of aloha and mālama honua.”

Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage Public Celebration – Hōkūle‘a in Hilo

The Polynesian Voyaging Society Canoe “Hōkūle‘a” is currently in Hilo at Palekai, Radio Bay in Keaukaha.

Her sister canoe, the  Hikianalia will depart Kawaihae today at 5 PM and be in Hilo sometime Saturday.  All events are subject to change, of course, mostly due to the weather.

On Sunday, June 9th, a big community event in Hilo will include the Hōkūle‘a launch ceremonies.  Everyone is invited.

Hokulea in Hilo

It is being hosted by Keaukaha community, ‘Ohana Wa‘a and the canoe clubs there.  There will be guest speakers that include Mayor Kenoi, a couple of the Ocean Elders and others.

The window of opportunity for the actual departure is between June 10-14, but the official ceremonies will take place Sunday.

According to Hawaii News Now:

…There are 22 legs planned for Hokulea’s voyage around the world, but the first and final are both right here at home.  Crew members say it’s about honoring our community and showing Hawaii’s people their gratitude.

Over the next four years, Hokule’a and her escort boat and sister canoe, Hikianalia, will travel to 28 countries and stop at 85 international ports – sailing more than 45,000 nautical miles around the world.

“We want to go. It’s time to go,” said navigator Nainoa Thompson, Hokulea’s Captain.

But before they set sail for international waters, Hokule’a and Hikianalia will spend the first five months of their journey right here at home.

“Around Hawai’i sail is the first leg.  It’s only a thousand miles, probably the shortest of all of them, but it’s the most important,” described Thompson, before adding this portion of the voyage is crucial to making sure all 250 crew members are trained and prepared before heading to the South Pacific next May.

“In many ways we could go to Tahiti right now.  We’re safe enough to do that, but I think this engagement with home is a crucial piece to earning that voyage,” explained Thompson.

“Malama Honua”, or “Care for the Earth”, defines the worldwide voyage’s mission and crew members say that starts here in the islands with “Malama Hawai’i”…