Hōkūleʻa & Hikianalia Arrival Ceremony in Waitangi, Aotearoa

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  • Hawaii Standard Time Schedule: Friday, Nov. 14
    12:45 p.m.: Live streaming event coverage begins
    1-3 p.m.: Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia sail into Bay of Islands and moor at Te Tii Beach
    3:30-5 p.m.: Powhiri (welcoming ceremony) at Te Tii Marae
    5:30-9:30 p.m.: Dinner and program in the Whare Kai
  • New Zealand Daylight Savings Time: Saturday, Nov. 15
    11:45 a.m.: Live streaming event coverage begins.
    12-2 p.m.: Canoes sail into Bay of Islands and moor offshore of Te Tii Beach.
    2:30-4 p.m.: Powhiri at Te Tii Marae
    4:30-8:30 p.m.: Dinner and program to honor elders
A large Hawaiian contingency has traveled far to be a part of today's ceremony.

A large Hawaiian contingency has traveled far to be a part of today’s ceremony.

More than 100 Hawaiians will gather in Waitangi this Saturday to take part in a historic arrival ceremony for their canoes Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia. The Polynesian voyagers, their families and support crews are part of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, and recognized by Maori as Ngāti Ruawāhia – the sixth tribe of Te Tai Tokerau. Māori hosts and accompanying waka (canoes) will welcome the Hawaiian voyaging canoes as they come ashore. Powhiri at Te Tii Marae will be followed by tributes to Sir James Henare, Tupi Puriri, Myron “Pinky” Thompson and Hector Busby – honored leaders who were present when Hōkūleʻa first arrived to the same beach in 1985. The program will also feature performances from local kapa haka groups and visiting students from Kamehameha Schools.
The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage will cover 47,000 nautical miles, 85 ports, and 26 countries and continue through 2017. The Hawaiian name for this journey, Mālama Honua, means “To Care for our Island Earth” and will take the canoes across Earth’s oceans to grow a global movement toward a more sustainable world. The Worldwide Voyage is being navigated by traditional wayfinding techniques, utilizing stars, waves, wind and birds as mapping points for direction. Training and education is a critical part of the voyage, which will culminate with our new generation of navigators who will take the helm in 2017 and guide Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia back to Polynesia after circumnavigating the globe.