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Hōkūleʻa En Route to Maui, First Stop on Statewide Sail

August 16, 2017, 4:30 PM HST
* Updated August 16, 4:33 PM
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The Hōkūleʻa departed the Marine Education Training Center at Sand Island today, Aug. 16, to begin the six-month Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail.

Hōkūleʻa arrival home (6.17.17). PC: Nāʻālehu Anthony/Polynesian Voyaging Society/ʻŌiwi TV.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society announced some of the stops that the canoe will be making during the six-month voyage throughout the Hawaiian Islands:

*Ports and dates are subject to change
● August and September: Maui (Honolua), Oʻahu (Haleʻiwa), Kauaʻi
● October: Moku O Keawe, Maui (Hāna)
● November: Maui Nui – Maui (Māʻalaea/Wailea), Lānaʻi, Molokaʻi
● Late-November to mid-December: Windward Oʻahu
● January: Leeward, East and South Oʻahu

The Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail will give PVS an opportunity to thank Hawaiʻi’s people, bring Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia 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.

The first stop is Honolua Bay, Maui, where Hōkūleʻa first departed on her maiden voyage to Tahiti in 1976. The crew will begin to mahalo and mālama Hawaiʻi by participating in the planting of 1,000 koa seedlings as part of a series of community engagement events in West Maui.


PVS will engage with schools and organizations through outreach events, service projects, crew presentations and canoe tours.


In partnership with the Maui Land and Pineapple Company, Inc. through the conservation department of the Puʻu Kukui Watershed Preserve, State of Hawaiʻi DLNR, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi and Kamehameha Schools Maui, Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia crew members will be engaging with schools and the community in West Maui where they are scheduled to conduct presentations and canoe tours.

Hikianalia is scheduled to depart Sand Island on Friday, Aug. 18, and will join Hōkūleʻa at Honolua Bay on Saturday, Aug. 19.

Honolua Bay Engagement Schedule: All events are free and open to the public:
*All dates and times schedule to change


Thursday, Aug. 17
4 p.m.: Hōkūleʻa arrives at Honolua Bay, Honolua Bay Ramp
6 p.m.: Huliau Film & Lecture Series presents Ola ʻo Maui Nui featuring speakers from the 1976 Voyage and Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage crew at Kamehameha Schools Maui, Keōpūolani Hale

Friday, Aug. 18
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Kamehameha Schools Maui students and teachers visit with Hōkūleʻa crew at Honolua for informational activities and service project
6:30 p.m.: Crew Talk Story at Westin Nanea (Participating crew members: Max Yarawamai, Archie Kalepa, Lehua Kamalu and Billy Richards)
6:30 – 8 p.m.: Crew Talk Story at Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel (Participating crew members: Mark Ellis, Kekaimalu Lee, Kaʻiulani Murphy and Pua Lincoln)

Saturday, Aug. 19
8-8:30 a.m.: Cultural welcome at Honolua Bay
9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Informational activities
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Planting of koa and native plants with Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve makai conservation area. For information, visit here.
2-5 p.m.: Public canoe tours and informational activities at Honolua Bay Ramp
7 p.m.: Hōkūleʻa Revisted: 1976 Crew Member Talk at Ritz Carlton Kapalua (Participating crew members: Buffalo Keaulana, Snake Ah Hee, Billy Richards, John Kruse, Gordon Piʻianaia, Penny Martin, Kimo Lyman, Marion Lyman-Mersereau, Makaala Yates and Kainoa Lee)

Sunday, Aug. 20
8 a.m.- 5 p.m.: Public canoe tours at Honolua Bay Ramp
TBD: Crew Talk at Sheraton Maui (Puu Kukui Watershed representatives and and Hōkūleʻa crew)
6:30 p.m.: Crew Talk at Montage Kapalua Bay (Participating crew members: Kalepa Baybayan, Kalā Tanaka and Austin Kino

For more information about the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Mahalo, Hawai’i Sail, click here.

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