Hokulea to visit Hanalei

HANALEI — Hokulea, which recently completed the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage, is expected to arrive in Hanalei Sunday and stay until Tuesday.

A free community dinner is scheduled 6 p.m. Sunday in the empty lot next to Hanalei Pier for opportunities to talk story with the crew.

“Now that we have returned from our three-year voyage around the world, we are looking forward to reconnecting with and thanking the people of Hawaii,” said Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. “It’s also time now to discover and shine the light on what people and organizations are doing to turn inspiration into action for the betterment of our island home and the earth.”

On Aug. 16, voyaging canoes Hokulea and Hikianalia departed Sand Island to begin the “Mahalo, Hawaii Sail” tour. The first stop, Honolua Bay, Maui, is where Hokulea first launched for her maiden voyage in 1976.

After the Honolua Bay visit, the canoes will continue to about 40 additional ports and connect with nearly 80 communities throughout the Hawaiian islands.

“The Mahalo, Hawaii Sail will give Polynesian Voyaging Society an opportunity to thank Hawaii’s people, bring Hokulea and Hikianalia home to all of Hawaii, share lessons learned from the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage and deepen the organization’s connection and understanding of the important work being done here in the islands to care for the earth,”according to a press release.

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

Hokulea and Hikianalia are scheduled to leave Haleiwa about 2 p.m. Saturday and head for Hanalei, and are expected to arrive Sunday morning.

The public is welcome to stop by Hanalei Bay and see Hokulea and Hikianalia.

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