Public Celebration To Welcome Voyaging Canoe Hikianalia To San Francisco

Thousands expected to gather as Hikianalia sails under the Golden Gate Bridge

After an approximately 25-day, 2,800-mile voyage from Hawaiʻi to California using traditional non-instrument navigation, the solar and wind-powered Polynesian voyaging canoe Hikianalia and her crew will sail into San Francisco Bay for a cultural arrival ceremony and celebration at Aquatic Park Cove on Sunday, September 16, noon to 5 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the free event, which will feature Hawaiian music, hula, voyage-inspired merchandise, and an opportunity to meet the Hikianalia crew members. On September 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hikianalia, built by the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea, will be open for dockside canoe tours conducted by the voyagers at Hyde Street Pier, which will be offering free entry to tour visitors.

Interested spectators can expect to see Hikianalia, sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and cross the San Francisco Bay Sunday morning before she sails into Aquatic Park Cove at noon escorted by local canoe clubs. In keeping with traditional voyaging protocol, the canoe will be welcomed first and granted permission to enter Aquatic Cove by the traditional hosts of this region, the Muwekma Ohlone tribe.

After an exchange of chants and ceremonial welcome rituals, a program including remarks by dignitaries, local officials, community members and Hikianalia captain Lehua Kamalu will commence. The community celebration will feature entertainment by local Hawaiian performers and hula groups, cultural expressions from various local Native American tribes, and others, and voyage-inspired merchandise from Polynesian Voyaging Society and OluKai.

The day prior to the arrival ceremony and celebration, the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce of Northern California will present An Afternoon with Wayfinder and Master Navigator Nainoa Thompson at the Samuel Johnson, Jr. Performing Arts Center in San Bruno on Saturday, Sept. 15, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thompson will speak about the 40-year journey of re-discovering ancient Polynesian voyaging and navigation, and how it has ignited a community of leaders, empowered youth, and created a worldwide movement of global sustainability to preserve planet Earth for generations to come. Event details and ticket registration are available through this Eventbrite link.

The stop in San Francisco is the first public stop and engagement on the Alahula Kai o Maleka Hikianalia California Voyage. After the four-day stop in San Francisco, the canoe will sail to Half Moon Bay Yacht Club where it will be docked for one week. During most stops (weather permitting), the Hikianalia crew will be offering free dockside canoe tours, educational materials and activities, and a crew presentation. Below is a tentative port schedule for the California Voyage.

Tentative Hikianalia Port Schedule (updated Sept. 12; subject to change)

  • San Francisco (Aquatic Park/Hyde Street Pier) – Sept. 16-19
  • Sausalito – Sept. 19-22
  • Half Moon Bay – Sept. 23-26
  • Monterey Harbor – Sept. 24-Oct. 2
  • Ventura Harbor – Oct. 6-10
  • Channel Islands Harbor – Oct. 10-14
  • Santa Cruz Island – Oct. 14-16
  • King Harbor – Oct. 17-22
  • Dana Point – Oct. 24-29
  • San Diego – Oct. 31-Nov.5

Hikianalia, which departed Hawaiʻi on August 18, 2018, is currently in port in California. In keeping with cultural protocol, the canoe and crew will remain under “kapu” until the official arrival ceremony on September 16. Until then, the crew will rest and prepare the canoe for the next leg of the journey and will participate in a few, private engagements, focused on ocean protection including the Global Climate Action Summit and Ocean Elders meetings.

Highlight Images from Hawaiʻi-California Sail



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