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1976 Hōkūleʻa Crew to Be Honored at Merrie Monarch

April 2, 2018, 4:30 PM HST
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Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier, where the legendary canoe was greeted with a cultural welcome ceremony featuring chant, musical performances and remarks by Mayor Harry Kim.

The canoe will remain in Hilo until April 28, 2018.

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During the Hilo visit, the 1976 Hōkūleʻa crew will be honored at the Merrie Monarch Festival Hoʻike on Wednesday, April 4.

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The crew also will host presentations, school visits, and a community day with public dockside canoe tours at Wailoa Harbor on April 21, 2018.

Hōkūleʻa Hilo Schedule

  • April 4–6: School Field Trips
  • April 4: Merrie Monarch Recognition Ceremony for the 1976 Crew
  • April 5: 1976 Voyage Crew Presentation at ʻImiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi, 1-2:30P
  • April 6: 1976 Crew visits Kamehameha Schools Keaʻau Campus
  • April 9–13: School Field Trips
  • April 12: Lecture series: Waʻa Talks, Malama Honua Community Schools, 5:30-7:30pm at Kanu o ka Aina
  • April 16–19: Department Of Education Field Trips
  • April 20: Hōkūleʻa departs Grand Naniloa Hotel for Wailoa Harbor
  • April 19–21: Hōkūleʻa docks at Wailoa Harbor
  • April 21: Community Day-Education Expo at Wailoa Harbor, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • April 22: Hōkūleʻa returns to Grand Naniloa Hotel Pier
  • April 23–27: Department Of Education Field Trips at Naniloa Pier
  • April 28: Hōkūleʻa departs Hilo for Kawaihae Harbor
  • April 28–May 10: Hōkūleʻa will be moored at Kawaihae Harbor, during which, the crew will host public events including panel discussions and dockside canoe tours.

About the Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail

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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 www.hokulea.com.

Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier. PC: Kaipo Kiaha

Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier. PC: Kaipo Kiaha

Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier. PC: Kaipo Kiaha

Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier. PC: Kaipo Kiaha

Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier. PC: Kaipo Kiaha

Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier. PC: Kaipo Kiaha

Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier. PC: Kaipo Kiaha

Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier. PC: Kaipo Kiaha

Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier. PC: Kaipo Kiaha

Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier. PC: Kaipo Kiaha

Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier. PC: Kaipo Kiaha

Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier. PC: Kaipo Kiaha

Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier. PC: Kaipo Kiaha

Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier. PC: Kaipo Kiaha

Hōkūleʻa sailed into Hilo Bay this morning, Monday, April 2, 2018, and arrived at the Grand Naniloa Hotel pier. PC: Kaipo Kiaha

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