Hōkūleʻa to Spend Two Months on the Big Island

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Hōkūleʻa departed Sand Island, Oʻahu, on Sunday, March 25, 2018, and is headed to Hawaiʻi Island to continue the Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail.

The canoe was originally scheduled to begin her journey to Hawaiʻi Island earlier in the week and was scheduled to arrive in Miloliʻi on Sunday, March 25; however, the departure and arrival were postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions. Hōkūleʻa will now sail directly to Kailua-Kona Pier and is expected to arrive Monday, March 26.

Hōkūleʻa will remain in the waters of Hawaiʻi Island for two months during which the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) will be engaging thousands of public and private school students with canoe visits and hands-on educational activities custom tailored to every age that highlight wayfinding and voyaging through the lenses of math, science, conservation and culture.


The voyaging canoe will be in Kailua-Kona until April 1, when she departs for Hilo where she will be docked until Saturday, April 28. From Saturday, April 28 through Thursday, May 10, Hōkūleʻa will be moored at Kawaihae Harbor.

Hōkūleʻa crew will be hosting free dockside canoe tours and education expo on the following dates. Stay tuned for a detailed list of additional events that will take place during the two-month Hawaiʻi Island engagement:

  • Kailua-Kona Pier: Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wailoa Harbor: Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Kawaihae Harbor: Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

About the Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail
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 here in the islands to care for the earth. During the port visits, PVS will engage with schools and organizations through outreach events, service projects, crew presentations and canoe tours.


About Polynesian Voyaging Society
The Polynesian Voyaging Society was founded in 1973 on a legacy of Pacific Ocean exploration, seeking to perpetuate the art and science of traditional Polynesian voyaging and the spirit of exploration through experiential educational programs that inspire students and their communities to respect and care for themselves, one another, and their natural and cultural environments. For more information about the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Worldwide Voyage, visit online.

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