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Hikianalia Arrives in Ventura, California

October 8, 2018, 8:31 AM HST
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The Hikianalia Alahula Kai o Maleka California Voyage continues with a stop in Ventura County. The traditional voyaging canoe arrived in Ventura Harbor this morning accompanied by local outrigger canoe paddlers. The crew was given a special water welcome followed by a cultural welcome ceremony at the dock hosted by the Ventura community. While in Ventura Harbor, the crew will host school visits and public dockside canoe tours. The canoe is also scheduled to make stops in Channel Islands Harbor and Santa Cruz Island while in Ventura County.

Hikianalia in Ventura. PC: Polynesian Voyaging Society.

During Sunday morning’s, Oct. 7, welcome ceremony, the crew was greeted by the Barbareño/Ventureño Band of Mission Indians of the Chumash Nation, the indigenous people of this area traditionally known as Chumash Territory.  Local community leaders and hula halau including Ka Hale Hula O Pilialohaokalani O Hilo, Hālau Hula O Pualanina‘auali‘ioha and Hula Hālau O Puananiha`aheo also welcomed the crew with chants and dance.

Following the welcome ceremony, hundreds of people from the Ventura County community visited Hikianalia and the crew to learn about the mission of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the California Voyage during dockside canoe tours. Sunday afternoon, the crew conducted a presentation about traditional Polynesian voyaging at Channel Island National Park.

Hikianalia in Ventura. PC: Polynesian Voyaging Society.

Since arriving into San Francisco on Sept. 16, 2018, Hikianalia has made stops in Sausalito, Half Moon Bay and Monterey.  Following the approximately 10-day engagement in Ventura County, the crew will head to Redondo Beach in Los Angeles followed by Dana Point in Orange County.  The final stop of the California Voyage will be San Diego. Below is the tentative port schedule. Please check online for the latest updates.

Tentative Port Schedule (weather permitting – schedule subject to change):

  • Ventura Harbor – Oct. 7–10
  • Channel Islands Harbor – Oct. 10–14
  • Channel Islands National Park, Santa Cruz Island – Oct. 14–16
  • Redondo Beach, King Harbor (Los Angeles) – Oct. 17–22
  • Dana Point (Orange County) – Oct. 23–30
  • San Diego – Oct. 30–Nov.5
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Hikianalia made landfall at Half Moon Bay on Monday, Sept. 10 after sailing approximately 2,800-miles over 23 days. Powered by wind and sun, the 13-person crew demonstrated the important relationship between humanity and the natural environment as they navigated their way from Hawaiʻi to California using cues from nature, rather than a GPS or other modern navigational instruments, to guide the way

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The crew arrived just in time for the Global Climate Action Summit, Sept. 12–14.

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