Hōkūleʻa Departs for Hawaiʻi Island

Hōkūleʻa departed Sand Island, Oʻahu last night and is currently headed to Hawaiʻi Island to continue the Mahalo, Hawaiʻi Sail. The canoe was originally scheduled to begin her journey to Hawaiʻi Island earlier in the week and was scheduled to arrive in Miloliʻi today, however, the departure and arrival were postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions. Hōkūleʻa will now sail directly to Kailua-Kona Pier and is expected to arrive by early tomorrow morning.

Hōkūleʻa will remain in the waters of Hawaiʻi Island for two months during which the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) will be engaging thousands of public and private school students with canoe visits and hands-on educational activities custom tailored to every age that highlight wayfinding and voyaging through the lenses of math, science, conservation and culture.

The voyaging canoe will be in Kailua-Kona until April 1, when she departs for Hilo where she will be docked until April 28. From April 28 to May 10, Hōkūleʻa will be moored at Kawaihae Harbor.

Hōkūleʻa crew will be hosting free dockside canoe tours and education expo on the following dates. Stay tuned for a detailed list of additional events that will take place during the two-month Hawaiʻi Island engagement:

  • Kailua-Kona Pier — Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wailoa Harbor — Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Kawaihae Harbor — Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Photos from the day’s sail

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