Ko Olina Resort to Host Next Hōkūleʻa Community Engagement
Next stop on the Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail to feature canoe tours and community events
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 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.
Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail, Ko Olina Schedule of Events
* updated Jan 3, Pending weather and other factors
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.
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.)
Thursday, January 4, 2018 – 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Talk Story with the Women of Hōkūleʻa
Location: Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Aulani Conference Center
Meet some of Hōkūle`a’s female voyagers who will share their first-hand experiences sailing on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage and what it takes to become a crew member, captain and navigator. Featured crew members include Kaʻiulani Murphy, Lehua Kamalu, Noelani Kamalu and Tamiko Fernelius.
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.)
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Hōkūle`a departs Ko Olina and returns to Sand Island
January 21 to February 3
Hōkūle`a returns to Ko Olina Marina (schedule of canoe tours to be announced)
As part of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s educational mission, the Hōkūle`a crew, in partnership with Ko Olina Resort will be welcoming O`ahu schools and the community to Ko Olina Marina to learn more about the legendary canoe and the importance of cultural and environmental stewardship.
Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Four Seasons Resort Ko Olina
On-stage Conversation with Pwo Navigator Nainoa Thompson and Hōkūle`a Crew
Thompson and crew will speak and answer questions about Hōkūleʻa and the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. The event is open to the public with a suggested donation to PVS of $25 per adult and $10 per child. Registration will be available at www.fourseasons.com/oahu.
Hōkūleʻa departed Waiʻanae on December 22, 2017, after a two week stop in Pokaʻi Bay where crew members welcomed and connected with more than 5,000 students, community members and visitors. The west side stop also was an opportunity to celebrate voyaging and community leaders, young and old, from the Waiʻanae area, including 1976 Hōkūleʻa crew member Buffalo Keaulana.
Please join us this holiday season in celebrating and perpetuating the legacy of Hōkūleʻa and Polynesian wayfinding! You can choose to give and become a PVS member, or make a one-time donation.