Hōkūle‘a Sights Haleakalā, Remains Under KapuJune 9, 2017, 11:04 AM HST · Updated June 9, 1:44 PM 0 Comments
The crew of legendary Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hōkūleʻa is close enough to Hawaiʻi to see Maui’s Haleakalā. The landmark was spotted at around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, signifying that the canoe is officially back home after more than three years.
Since departing Hawaiian waters in May 2014, Hōkūleʻa has sailed 40,000 nautical miles and made stops in 19 countries to spread the Mālama Honua message to grow a global movement toward a more sustainable world. The vessel is now on her 31st and final leg of the journey, which has included participation from some 200 volunteer crew members.
“We want thank this crew of Hōkūleʻa for sailing with such a high level of excellence and commitment to honoring the tradition of voyaging and ancestral navigation,” said Nainoa Thompson president the Polynesian Voyaging Society. “All of us in the voyaging community are extremely proud of them.”
“I also want to express our gratitude to the crews of the 30 other legs and the thousands of people in Hawaii, the Pacific and around the world for allowing this voyage to happen. We are grateful for all that they have given to the success of the voyage,” Thompson added.
Although Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia are in home waters, the canoes are still under kapu until the arrival ceremony at Magic Island on June 17.
“We will be spending the next week slowly making our way towards Oahu,” said Thompson. “We appreciate the aloha and support of friends and families eager to greet our canoes and crew, and we ask for your patience and understanding as we direct all those interested in greeting Hōkūleʻa, Hikianalia and our crew to our June 17 arrival at Kalia (Magic Island), Oahu,” he added.
After returning to Oahu, Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia will begin the most important leg of the voyage, which will be an eight-month sail to 30 ports throughout the Hawaiian islands.
“When we sail throughout the Hawaiian Islands, we will go to as many as 70 communities and 100 schools to thank Hawaii’s people and share what we have learned with their children. We are also looking forward to hearing Hawaii stories of Mālama Honua,” said Thompson. “Kalia (Magic Island) is the first stop of a year-long homecoming,” he added.
- 7:00 – 8:00 a.m., Four local voyaging canoes arrive at Magic Island
- 8:30 a.m., Two canoes, Okeanos Marshall Island and Faafaite, from the Pacific arrive at Magic Island
- 9:00 a.m., Hikianalia and Hōkūleʻa sail into Ala Wai Boat Harbor Channel with several escort canoes
- 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Welcome Ceremony
- 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Hōkūleʻa Homecoming Hoʻolauleʻa featuring entertainment, food booths, voyage video highlights, etc.
June 17 Parking Information:
McKinley High School, 1039 South King St
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Shuttle departs frequently from Pensacola Street
Parking attendants present
Enter parking from Pensacola Street
Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave
$10 per day, 7:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
Shuttle departs frequently from the ground floor.
Enter the parking from Kalakaua Avenue, Makai bound
- Megan Smith, 3rd Chief Technology Officer, United States
- Dieter Paulmann, Founder and Chairman, Okeanos Foundation for the Sea
- Byron Mallott, Lt. Governor, State of Alaska
- Sylvia Earle, Founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, Ocean Elder
- Jean-Michel Cousteau
- Captain Don Walsh
- Nainoa Thompson, President, Polynesian Voyaging Society
Pwo navigator and mentor to an entire generation of young voyagers, Thompson has played a central role in the resurgence of Polynesian wayfinding. Through the Worldwide Voyage, Thompson has helped draw awareness to the importance of using traditional wisdom and indigenous science to solve the world’s most pressing environmental concerns, sharing the values of Mālama Honua – caring for our Island Earth.