Talk Story with Hōkūleʻa & Hikianalia Homecoming Crew at Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel

For those who missed Wa’a Kiakahi, this is your chance to have another authentic experience, offering a peek into a cultural renaissance and lifestyle! Please join us Friday, August 18th, 2017 for a panel discussion by Kaʻiulani MurphyKekaimalu LeeMark Ellis and Pua Lincoln will be hosted at Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel. This wonderful Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia crew will talk about the Hawaiian canoe, the journey, traditional navigation and the life on deck. 

Grab this opportunity and follow this wonderful team on a worldwide voyage! This event is FREE and open to the public and self-parking on site is $12.

Hōkūleʻa and 2017 Mahalo Hawaiʻi Sail: On August 16, 2017, voyaging canoes Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia will depart the Marine Education Training Center (METC) at Sand Island to begin the Mahalo, Hawai’i Sail. The first stop will be at Honolua Bay, Maui, where Hōkūleʻa first launched for her maiden voyage in 1976 and where she will now begin to mahalo and mālama Hawai’i with a planting of 4,000 koa seedlings as part of a series of events in West Maui. After the Honolua Bay visit, the canoes will continue to approximately 40 additional ports and connect with nearly 80 communities throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

The Mahalo, Hawai’i Sail will give Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) an opportunity to thank Hawaiʻi’s people, bring Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia home to all of Hawaiʻi, share lessons learned from the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and deepen the organization’s connection and understanding of the important work being done here in the islands to care for the earth. During the port visits, PVS will engage with schools and organizations through outreach events, service projects, crew presentations and canoe tours.

Photo via Hokulea official website by photographer Todd Yamashita .

“Now that we have returned from our three-year voyage around the world, we are looking forward to reconnecting with and thanking the people of Hawai’i,” said Nainoa Thompson, president of PVS. “It’s also time now to discover and shine the light on what people and organizations are doing to turn inspiration into action for the betterment of our island home and the earth. This first engagement planned at Honolua Bay and Waokele ʻo Honolua by the West Maui community is an example of what we are hoping to support during this sail,” he added.