Hokulea arrives Sunday for visit

The voyaging canoe Hokulea is scheduled to arrive late Sunday afternoon at Kalapaki Beach.

A welcome celebration is set to begin at noon.

The sail is part of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s three-month statewide sail around the state, which began in March. The sail is titled “Navigating Change.”

A Polynesian protocol ceremony is to be conducted. Expected on board are a Maori chief and his wife, crew members from Kauai and a group from Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s organization, who will be filming the sail.

Hokulea navigator Nainoa Thompson is expected to be with the Hokulea crew.

Activities being set up include a craft fair, a hula halau performance with music and dance, the arrival of the King Kaumualii Court, representation from Hawaiian Civic Clubs, honored kupuna and other special guests.

The hoolaulea is scheduled to start at noon Sunday.

The canoe will be open for community visits from noon-6 p.m. from Monday, June 2 through Thursday, June 5.

The Polynesian Voyaging Society is expected to offer hands-on learning experiences to hundreds of school children and families during the visit.

The visit of Hokulea is set to run until mid-June. On June 8, the canoe is to be sailed to Hanalei. On June 11 Hokulea departs for a visit to Niihau until June 13.

The canoe is scheduled to be at Waimea June 13-14, and depart for Oahu on June 14.


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