Hōkūleʻa departs San Francisco, next stop Monterey Bay

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Video courtesy Polynesian Voyaging Society.

After a week in San Francisco, Hōkūleʻa departed Hyde Street Pier Sunday morning for the next stop on the Moananuiākea Voyage: Half Moon Bay. 

On the sail to Half Moon Bay, the canoe passed by the Ramaytush village named “The Place of the Whales” where the crew was indeed greeted by two whales. 

Image of Hōkūleʻa voyager in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Kanako Uchino

After a six-and-a-half hour transit, Hōkūleʻa arrived at Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay at 3 pm, where the crew was given a traditional cultural welcome by the Ramaytush tribe.  Also waiting on the dock, and welcoming canoe and crew with song was Hawaiʻi musician John Cruz who was in Half Moon Bay for a fundraising concert for Maui. 


While in Half Moon Bay, the crew has been holding dockside canoe tours and presentations for the community.

Weather-permitting, Hōkūleʻa will depart Half Moon Bay on Thursday for Monterey Harbor at The Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California.  An arrival ceremony is planned to take place at approximately 5 p.m. that day at Del Monte Beach, below Monterey Peninsula 

Yacht Club, where the crew will be greeted by tribal leaders from the area. Hōkūleʻa is slated to remain docked at Monterey Harbor until it departs for Morro Bay on Oct. 11, weather permitting.

Image of Hōkūleʻa voyager in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Kanako Chino

On Saturday, there will be dockside canoe tours at Monterey Harbor at the Old Fisherman’s Wharf from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.

Following the tours, the Hōkūleʻa crew will give a presentation at Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History at 5:30 p.m. An RSVP to the event is required at

Other California stops, weather permitting, include:

  • Oct. 11: Morro Bay
  • Oct. 17: Ventura
  • Oct. 24: Marina del Rey
  • Oct. 30: Newport
  • Nov. 4: Dana Point
  • Nov. 8: San Diego

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