Legendary voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa is continuing to visit communities in the New England area. The canoe was greeted by representatives from the Massachusett Tribe and a large crowd of residents when she arrived in Boston at Fan Pier on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. HST). The Boston welcome ceremony also included performances by a Boston hula hālau, Samoan dancers and Native American dancers and drummers.
Massachusett Tribal member, Strong Medicine, gifts the crew decorated Turkey feathers as a symbol of the relationship formed here today.
Hōkūleʻa is scheduled to stay in Boston for four days during which the crew will hold public canoe tours, meet with local Native American communities, schools and maritime groups. Today, the public will have an opportunity to meet the crew and learn more about Polynesian wayfinding, ocean protection and the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage during a Talk Story event hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
The crew commemorates our waʻa by sharing the chant “Ia Waʻa Nui”
Prior to arriving in Boston, Hōkūleʻa spent three days in New Bedford, MA, where the crew conducted canoe tours and dockside activities. The canoe is scheduled to depart Boston on July 14, and then sail to Salem, MA.
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Hōkūle‘a’s visit to the eastern United States is a historic milestone in her 40 years of voyaging.
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