Hōkūleʻa will start the new year on her Mahalo, Hawaiʻi tour with two January engagements at Ko Olina Resort. Weather permitting, the legendary voyaging canoe will be docked at Ko Olina Marina, Jan. 3-10, and return for a second visit Jan. 21-Feb. 3. During the two engagements, the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Ko Olina will be welcoming the general public and school groups to the marina to tour the canoe, meet Hokulea Crew members and participate in events highlighting the recent Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and the 42 year history and legacy of @Hōkūleʻa.
“We want to give all of Hawaiʻi’s children and communities an opportunity to step on the deck of Hōkūleʻa and be a part of our voyages,” said Nainoa Thompson, president of Polynesian Voyaging Society. “This stop at Ko Olina will allow thousands of students, residents and visitors to visit the canoe and crew, learn about voyaging, and bring light to the community of Ko Olina and West Oʻahu to elevate the work being done to perpetuate culture, environment and education through multiple pathways,” he added.
Below is a schedule of events for Hōkūleʻa’s Ko Olina visit. For the most up to date information, visit www.hokulea.com or KoOlina.com/events.
Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail, Ko Olina Schedule of Events
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Hōkūle`a Arrival Ceremony
Location: Ko Olina Marina
Weather permitting, Hōkūleʻa and her crew will arrive at Ko Olina and be welcomed by the resort’s community of guests, residents and employees. The general public is invited to attend. (Validated parking at Ko Olina Marina available for arrival ceremony guests.)
January 4-9, 2018
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Canoe tours at Ko Olina Marina
The public is welcomed to join crew members aboard the Hōkūleʻa while she is docked at Ko Olina Marina and learn about daily life at sea. (Validated parking at Ko Olina Marina available for tour guests.) Appointments are not required.
Hōkūle`a departs Ko Olina and returns to Sand Island
A symbol of cultural revival, the history of Hōkūleʻa is also being shared on this journey to inspire other indigenous cultures. This replica of an ancient Polynesian voyaging canoe was built 40 years ago and revitalized voyaging and navigation traditions throughout the Pacific. The canoe’s twin hulls allow her to handle large ocean swells and recover easily in the troughs of waves, and her triangular canvas sails can harness winds up to 20 knots. Hōkūleʻa first set out on the Pacific Ocean in 1975. Through the revival of the traditional art and science of wayfinding-navigating the sea guided by nature using the ocean swells, stars, and wind, Hōkūleʻa sparked a Hawaiian cultural renaissance and has reawakened the world’s sense of pride and strength as voyagers charting a course for our Island Earth.
About Polynesian Voyaging Society
The Polynesian Voyaging Society was founded in 1973 on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, seeking to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, one another, and their natural and cultural environments. For more information about the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Worldwide Voyage, visit www.hokulea.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Video courtesy of Oiwi TV, Hokulea Crew