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Bid Aloha to PVS Founder Ben Finney – Oahu

March 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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The family of Ben Finney, along with the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS), invites friends, colleagues and the public to celebrate his life. Finney co-founded PVS to build the Hōkūle‘a and show how the first people reached Hawaiʻi and other islands.

“Ben provided the vision and mission and the leadership to set the foundation for all that we would do in voyaging since 1976. We owe so much to him. Hawai‘i, the Pacific and the world is indebted to the work of Ben Finney,” said Nainoa Thompson, the president of PVS.

Please join us on the morning of Saturday, March 3rd to mark his life before his family takes him on a final sail aboard Hōkūle‘a.

WHAT: Celebration of Ben Finney’s Life

WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Marine Education Training Center (METC) at Sand Island

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About Ben Finney:

An anthropologist and pioneer in the reconstruction and sailing of Polynesian voyaging canoes, Finney first began dreaming about building a canoe and sailing it to Tahiti while studying at the University of Hawai‘i in 1958. In the mid-1960s, he built Nalehia, a replica of a Hawaiian double canoe that provided the basic information on sailing performance that went into planning Hōkūle‘a’s initial voyage to Tahiti. Finney co-founded PVS in 1973 with Herb Kawainui Kane and Tommy Holmes and served as its first president. Together with countless volunteers, they built Hōkūle‘a, the first Polynesian voyaging canoe in 600 years and launched her in 1975.

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March 3, 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Polynesian Voyaging Society
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Hawaiʻi Community College, Marine Education & Training Center
10 Sand Island Parkway
Honolulu, HI 96819 United States
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