Watch: Voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a lifted onto Matson ship for transport to Washington State
The Hōkūle’a was lifted onto a Matson ship on Sunday for the first part of its transport to Tacoma, Washington.
The ship was successfully lifted by crane Sunday morning onto the R.J. Pfeiffer at Honolulu Harbor’s Pier 52 and is scheduled to arrive in the northwestern state on April 21. From Tacoma, Hōkūleʻa will be towed to Seattle and then transported on Alaska Marine Lines to Juneau, Alaska. Its expected arrival will be June 10.
The vessel and crew will remain in Juneau for a week of community and educational engagements. On June 15, Hōkūleʻa will depart Juneau after a celebratory ceremony launching the start of the Moananuiākea Voyage’s circumnavigation of the Pacific.
From there, the canoe will sail to Yakutat, Alaska, to begin a pre-voyage “Heritage Sail” along the Southeast region of the state to pay homage to Native Alaskan leaders and the places that played a part in building the close relationship between Hawaiʻi and Alaska.
Follow the voyage at Hokulea.com.