Mayor of San Diego Proclaims Oct. 30th Hikianalia Day
Crewmember ʻIliahi Doo drapes a lei honoring the arrival of Hikianalia to San Diego.
Hikianalia Day proclamation
Hundreds of people welcomed Hikianalia as the canoe arrived at the Maritime Museum of San Diego yesterday afternoon at 4 p.m. (PST). The arrival ceremony included a cultural exchange between the Hikianalia Crew and the Kumeyaay Nation, welcome chants and hula from San Diego’s Hawaiian Community and the presentation of a proclamation from Mayor Kevin Faulconer declaring yesterday, Oct. 30, as “Hikianalia Day” in San Diego.
Hikianalia made her arrival yesterday escorted by 16th century Spanish galleon replica San Salvador. This unlikely meetup came about when unfavorable south winds were forecasted to waylay Hikianalia’s arrival to San Diego Bay. Hosts at the Maritime Museum of San Diego offered to assist by having one of its unique ships tow the canoe to Waterfront Park.
Members of the Kumeyaay Nation paddle a ha kwayo, traditional canoe, to meet Hikianalia.
Hikianalia was also greeted by local outrigger canoe paddlers and members of the Kumeyaay Nation who were in traditional reed canoes called ha kwayo.
Jean Kalani Dancers perform at the Waterfront Park
While in San Diego at the Maritime Museum, the crew of Hikianalia will conduct public canoe tours. Once the crew completes the public engagement in San Diego this weekend, they will begin preparations for the canoe to sail back to Hawaiʻi. The canoe is expected to depart San Diego on Nov. 15 and arrive back in Hawaiʻi by mid-December.