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UPDATE: PVS to Celebrate 10th Kualoa/Hakipu‘u Canoe Festival, Oʻahu
March 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
UPDATE: Hōkūleʻa is unable to take part in this weekend’s canoe fest. Unfavorable weather for the weekend, including strong winds and large swells, is forecasted to create unsafe conditions for the vessel to journey to Kualoa/Hakipuʻu. However, crewmembers from the Polynesian Voyaging Society will be on-hand to share their knowledge about voyaging and navigation, as well as offer Hōkūleʻa merchandise for sale. See you there!
Hōkūleʻa is scheduled to return to her birthplace of Kualoa, Saturday, March 9, to highlight the 10th Annual Kualoa/Hakipuʻu Canoe Festival at Kualoa Regional Park, pending weather.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a decade of celebrating Hawai‘i’s oceangoing traditions will accompany the beloved vessel on the Kāne‘ohe-side of the park. The event is free and open to the public, and all are invited to come and enjoy this immersive Hawaiian cultural experience.
Along with bidding Hau‘oli lā Hānau (Happy Birthday) to Hōkūleʻa, the festival will showcase Bobby Puakea and Nakoa Prejean. These master canoe builders and canoe paddle makers will be joined by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, who will be hosting educational booths, activities, and demonstrations aboard the educational voyaging canoe, Kanehunamoku, to share their knowledge. A variety of sailing vessels will also be on display.
Be sure to get there early as canoe rides out to Hōkūleʻa will fill up quickly.
Many thanks to participating organizations: Bobby Puakea and the Puakea Foundation, Hawaiian Ocean Adventure, Kanehunamoku Voyaging Academy, Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hakipu’u Learning Center, Navy Single Sailors, Wounded Warriors, and Calvin Hoe.