Talk Story, Meet and Greet with Voyaging Crew Around Maui
In anticipation of the arrival of the Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia at Honolua Bay on Aug. 17, several places around Maui will have special talk story sessions and meet and greets with crew members.
Maui is the first stop on the Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail where crew members on the Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia will thank Hawaiʻi’s people, bring the voyaging canoes home to all of Hawaiʻi, share lessons learned from the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, and deepen the organization’s connection and understanding of the important work being done on the islands to care for the earth.
On Friday, Aug. 18, a talk story session with Kaʻiulani Murphy, Kekaimalu Lee, Mark Ellis and Pua Lincoln will be held at Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel. The knowledgeable crew members will talk about the Hawaiian canoe, the journey, traditional navigation, and life on deck.
The session will start at 6:30 and is expected to conclude at 8 p.m. in the Kanahele Room. The event is free and open to public, self-parking is available at the hotel for $12.
Merriman’s Kapalua will host a special Meet and Greet with Hōkūleʻa crew members on Monday, Aug. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Tickets are available for $35 and include drinks and light appetizers. Attendees at this event are to include Nainoa Thompson (President of Polynesian Voyaging Society) and Archie Kalepa (Captain), along with majority of the Hōkūleʻa crew; Pomaika’i Kaniaupio-Crozier (Conservation manager for Pu’u Kukui) and some of the preservation’s staff.
All of the ticket sales will be donated to Pu’u Kukui Watershed to assist in funding the 1,000 koa trees that will be planted in honor of Hōkūleʻa Mālama Honua.
Following the cocktail hour, Merriman’s Kapalua has invited the crew for a private dinner.
Reservations are required, call (808) 669-6400.