The Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail

The Worldwide Voyage continues as Hōkūleʻa, Hikianalia and the crew of Polynesian Voyaging Society visit community ports around Hawai’i to celebrate Hōkūleʻa’s homecoming.

The historic circumnavigation of Hōkūleʻa and crewmembers from the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) continue to be celebrated throughout Hawaiʻi. The Mahalo, Hawaiʻi sail brings Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia back home to all of Hawaiʻi, in recognition and celebration of the contributions families, employers, and communities made to help take Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia across the world’s ocean.

“As we sailed Hōkūleʻa far from home, our home communities continued the efforts that fueled and inspired the Worldwide Voyage,” said Nainoa Thompson, PVS President and Pwo navigator. “Not only did they give us the best of their communities to sail on the deck of our canoes, they also continued the work to bring Hawaiʻi to the global forefront of educational transformation, environmental stewardship and cultural revitalization. We need to share, celebrate, elevate and mahalo their successes – this is what the Mahalo Hawaiʻi, Sail is about.”

May 9 update: Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail to Continue at Maunalua Bay, Hawaiʻi Kai

After nine days of drydock, Hōkūleʻa is poised to return to the ocean just in time to sail to Maunalua Bay, the next scheduled stop on the Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail. Damages sustained to the hulls while sailing along Hawaiʻi Island last week are currently being repaired, and the legendary voyaging canoe is slated to be ready to depart from Sand Island this Friday for an almost two-week community engagement at Hawaii Kai Towne Center. Hōkūleʻa also will return to Hawaiʻi Island later this year to reschedule school and community tours that were postponed due to the canoe’s damages.

Weather-permitting, Hōkūleʻa will arrive at Maunalua Bay this Friday night and then will dock at Hawaii Kai Towne Center early Saturday morning where she will remain until May 24, 2018. During the stop, the Hōkūleʻa and crew also will participate in the Maunalua Heritage Festival — E Hō Mai I Waiwai, which kicks off on May 12, 2018.

While docked at Hawaii Kai Towne Center, the Hōkūleʻa crew will host scheduled school visits. The community will have an opportunity to visit Hōkūleʻa and meet the crew at the following free events:

Dockside Canoe Tours at Hawaii Kai Town Center (Free and Open to the Public)

  • Saturday, May 12, 3:30 to 6:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 13, 10 am to 4 pm
  • Monday through Friday (May 14-18), 3 to 6 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday (May 19 & 20), 10 to 4 p.m.
  • Monday through Wednesday (May 21-23), 3 to 6 p.m.

Hōkūleʻa Crew Talk Story Presentations (Free and Open to the Public)

  • Monday, May 14, 5:45 to 7 p.m., Hawaii Kai Towne Center (waterfront stage)
  • Friday, May 18, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., Hawaii Kai Towne Center (waterfront stage)
  • Monday, May 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Kaiser High School Cafeteria
  • EVENT POSTPONED – Wednesday, May 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Kaiser High School Cafeteria Due to the flu, Nainoa Thompson will not be presenting at Kaiser High School as scheduled. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding as Nainoa takes some time to fully recover. Please stay tuned for the rescheduled date and time for his presentation.

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